Your diet is not the only way you can go organic.
Granby stylists Amy Baker and Tracey Gangi embody how you can put just as much thought into what products you use on your hair and skin.
The women run TuLulah Salon & Organics on Park Place in Granby.
We asked them to tell us about their eco-friendly business and here's what they had to say.
Patch: When did your business open?
TuLulah Salon & Organics: "We opened in January of 2012. Co-owners are Amy Baker and Tracey Gangi. We are equal partners and are both stylists."
Patch: What services do you offer at your company?
TuLulah Salon & Organics: "We are a full service hair salon offering color, foils, straightening, cuts and waxing for both men and women. What sets apart is we do it all with organic products!"
Patch: Why did you decide to open in Granby and what made you interested in your field?
TuLulah Salon & Organics: "We decided to open in Granby because we love the area and it's close to our homes. Also, there was a need for an organic-based salon here. More and more people are starting to realize the importance of their choices when it comes to putting things on and in their bodies. Whether we inhale fumes, absorb a substance through the skin, or ingest it through the mouth, everything has the potential to end up in the blood stream. That is why we use the safest and least toxic color and styling products on the market. They work just as well, if not better than traditional, harsher products, which can strip the hair or give it a dull appearance from the build up of waxes and silicones. No corrosive ammonia in the color translates to no itching, burning, or staining on your scalp or face. Gray coverage is amazing and can be customized to suit a person's taste; from a soft, translucent gray blending to a more opaque full coverage. Whatever your desire, these colors give a more natural result than any we have ever worked with."
Tracey Gangi: "My interest in the field developed at a very young age because I grew up in my mom's salon. Working on hair came naturally to me. It was inevitable that I would become a stylist. It's in my genes.....along with my mother, sister, aunt, and many cousins."
Amy Baker: "I became interested in hairstyling at a young age as well but for very different reasons. My mother did not know a lot about styling hair. So when I did get my hair done at the salon I was fascinated with what they were doing and how wonderful people looked and felt when they came out."
Patch: Do you have a business mantra you live by?
TuLulah Salon & Organics: "'With great hair comes great responsibility.' We are passionate about our philosophy to use the best organic products that are safe for us and the environment, and are cruelty free. We only buy from companies that are eco-conscious and cruelty free."
Patch: Can you tell us about your business background?
Amy Baker: "We met working at Tracey's mother's salon 18 years ago and have both been working in separate salons since that time. We always thought we would work together again...and this niche salon has given us a great opportunity to make a difference in peoples' lives and in our community."
Patch: Finish the sentence. When I'm not working I'm...
TuLulah Salon & Organics: "When we are not working we are spending time with our families and dogs. We both have a passion for cooking and good wine!"