Within recent years, the movement toward natural nutrition has experienced a positive upswing in American society; however, many of us continue to overlook that the ingredients used on our bodies are just as vital to physical health as the ingredients consumed into our bodies.
While eating fresh, organic foods and eliminating artificial preservatives is an effective lifestyle tool, diet alone cannot compensate for the harsh, disease-causing chemicals that are routinely breathed into our nostrils or absorbed into our pores. Therefore, it is critically important to avoid contact with these toxic substances and environmental pollutants as much as possible.
Often, though, this seems like exercise in futility when noxious irritants inescapably surround us – from the facial cleansers we apply every morning, to the stain removers we spray on clothes, even to the dyes and highlights that give our locks that desirable “sun-kissed” glow.
Fortunately, Sarasota residents no longer need to worry about which damaging “mystery ingredients” might be lurking in commercial hair or skin care products. Enter: Angela Powers. A graduate of Chicago’s acclaimed Aveda Institute with over two decades of professional esthetician experience, Powers has worked independently in Southwest Florida for the past 13 years and recently opened Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa eight months ago.
This salon operates under eco-friendly business initiatives, performs premium-grade services using natural products, and promotes health awareness throughout the community. In fact, Powers is steadfastly committed to offering the highest quality beauty treatments while ensuring the safety and well-being of both her customers and staff.
“At Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa, we provide organic and traditional coloring, hairstyling and cutting, formaldehyde-free keratin straightening, organic perms, specialized hair and scalp treatments, formal and bridal up-dos, spa manicures and pedicures, LCN (light concept nails) applications and aromatherapy oils,” clarifies Powers.
She then continues, “Our color treatments contain 100% ammonia-free certified organic ingredients. The color also maintains essential oil and protein levels, so that hair isn’t harmed by the coloring process. There are no noxious fumes or ammonia-induced damage, such as a stinging scalp or watery eyes. We can create outstanding results without compromising clients’ or hairstylists’ health.
“The organic perm systems we use give our clients added movement and curl, and [the system] can even be used as a straightener without ammonia or thioglycolates. Organic perm systems are suitable for all hair types.
“Our naturalizer products contain plant-based amino acids, and our keratin treatments are formaldehyde-free. We also offer organic LCN services, which are non-odorous and non-toxic alternatives to damaging acrylic nails.”
When asked to expound upon why natural hair and skin care is of utmost importance, Powers wastes no time in responding. “Skin is the largest organ. Hairdressers and cosmetologists are constantly exposed to processing agents, hair dyes and other chemicals used in a salon. Regular exposure to these toxins can increase cancer risk. The American Journal of Epidemiology concluded that hairstylists face triple the threat of developing breast cancer after working with hair dye for over five years.
“There are other associated health issues as well, such as severe respiratory complications. I, for one, understand this fully. I used to get extremely sick with asthma from working with colors. When I worked up North, I stopped using bleach, thinking that would solve the problem. Then, after moving down to Florida, I switched to another color product, thinking this would be a better option. However, two years later, I felt worse than ever. I was going to quit [this business] until I finally found these amazing organic colors, which didn’t make me sick and delivered quality results.
“Also, seven out of 10 stylists suffer from contact dermatitis at some point during their careers, and the chemicals found in common hair products are suspected to have adverse effects on hormone levels and reproductive organs.”
Since initially discovering this negative impact that chemically-based salon services can have on our bodies, Powers has become a dedicated, outspoken force of change within the local beauty industry. Her commitment level is motivated by both personal struggles and concern for community wellness.
“I’ve always been into healing herbs, natural supplements and eating ‘clean.’ Getting sick from color chemicals specifically shaped my passion for natural hair care; however, the issue that makes me extremely passionate is childhood cancer.
“Environmental toxins – such as pesticides, herbicides, GMO, and antibiotics and growth hormones in food – that surround us are making our children ill. We can all do our part by not participating in the spread of these harmful chemicals. I feel this salon does its part by being a leader in the fight against these toxins. I want this place to be safe,” she stresses.
In addition to integrating organic products into hair and skin treatments, Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa also promotes a “green” living philosophy. Powers explains, “We are located inside a 103-year-old house with floor-to-ceiling original wood [framework]. We re-use and recycle as much as possible. We recently painted the building with low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, and we switched to LED energy efficient lighting.
“We offer products with negative carbon footprints. For instance, O’Right shampoo brand is manufactured in a factory, powered by solar and wind energy, and the packaging itself is biodegradable. Our products are refillable and non-animal tested.
“We also support local businesses and give back to the community. In fact, we recently participated in an event at Michael’s called Fashionista, which supported Building Center of Hope, Brides Against Breast Cancer and the Joey Powers Leukemia Project organizations.”
Not only is Powers an active, enthusiastic health advocate, she is, quite simply, among Sarasota’s most accomplished and skillful cosmetologists, whose credentials span the following certifications: National Educator Training for Organic Salons & Spas, Organic Salon Systems Masters’ Class & Workshop, Kevin Murphy “Cut Me” Class, L’Oréal Color Training, and National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas.
The combined expertise demonstrated by her staff is equally impressive. “My team members are multi-talented. [Stylist] Donna has 50 years behind the shears. [Master colorist] Robin has been a Redken educator and owned her own salon. [Stylist] Lindsay is an entrepreneur, who makes our soaps and scrubs for us. [Stylist] Maureen worked in downtown New York for several years and has brought that experience to us. Marie is our resident wedding coordinator. [Nail technician] Kelly is certified in LCN applications, and the other Kelly is our wonderful receptionist. Finally, our newest member Jaclyn, who will soon be offering mani-predi treatments, is constantly spreading sunshine all around,” adds Powers.
Overall, Powers’ genuine and heartfelt interest in the common good of others cannot be denied. “I see beauty in everyone, and it’s my job to make any person, who walks in the door, look and feel his or her optimal best. I want to support the community and give to local charities. I want to make a difference in this world and believe we can all positively impact each other’s lives,” she concludes.
Location: 3510 N Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 941-351-0670 or visitAngelasPureSalon.com.