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New organic salon is a cut above

PUBLISHED: 10:55 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:40 25 August 2010

RIGHT HAIR, RIGHT NOW: The London Organic Hair Salon in Beckenham, run by Carly Denny, executive stylist; Kate Lodge, premier stylist, and Lisa Eyles, receptionist.

RIGHT HAIR, RIGHT NOW: The London Organic Hair Salon in Beckenham, run by Carly Denny, executive stylist; Kate Lodge, premier stylist, and Lisa Eyles, receptionist.

You can put organic food into your body and organic beauty products on your skin, but what about all those nasty chemicals on your hair?

You can put organic food into your body and organic beauty products on your skin, but what about all those nasty chemicals on your hair?

One newly-opened hairdressing salon is doing its best to make chemicals a thing of the past with what promises to be a totally organic experience this side of the river.

Boasting organic hair dyes, organic shampoos and conditioners and even organic refreshments (Green and Blacks chocolate to be exact) - if you're not hooked on the sales pitch you will be when you first smell Beckenham's London Organic Hair Salon. Take in the light orangey aroma - intoxicating, sweet and fresh - an amazing change from the vague chemical smell permeating so many hairdressers.

When I was there one woman was positively sniffing the air in delight as her hairdresser liberally coated her locks in a finishing spray : "Oh, I can't get enough of that smell," she cooed. My hairdresser Carly - 10 years of experience in the trade but new to the salon and the organic way - bubbled over with enthusiasm for the eco-friendly products. "I never get that choking feeling when I'm dying hair like I used to," she said. "It's made such a difference to my work. My clients' hair feels so silky soft and there's a shine that's remarkable."

All permanent colouring at The London Organic Hair Salon is organic and 74 per cent soya based - that's 100 per cent ammonia and peroxide free. The secret ingredient is something called 'fruity booster' made with friendly sounding avocado 'phyto-stearols' which work as an oxidant and is used in exactly the same way as conventional hair dye.

Capable of covering grey and white hair - it's good for you, your hairdresser and the environment. And that makes it perfect too for pregnant women and people recovering from cancer treatment.

"Mummm honey and soya milk shampoo, that's just heaven," said Carly as she lathered up my hair. I was reclining on a gently pulsating massage chair which unknotted every bit of tension in my tired back while I gazed up at a DVD screen showing catwalk models.

The store is bright, welcoming and sophisticated.

The colouring and cutting team is genuinely interested and friendly. My organic experience? The hair colour seemed to work a treat with no itchy scalp - which a lot of chemical dyes have left me with in the past - and my hair was super soft to touch.

"We have great products, a fantastic team and we want our clients to have a happy time here, we really do," smiles Carly. Colouring prices at the London Organic Hair Salon range from £30 for a re-growth to £65 for a full head of hair. One of the most impressive and interesting treatments the salon offers is 'seaweed enlightening' - the organic answer to lightening hair. Seaweed Lightener treatment ranges from £35 to £75. As an introduction to their store, the Beckenham team is offering 15 per cent off organic colour Monday to Wednesday and 20 per cent off your first haircut - just mention that you read about them in the Kentish Times.

The London Organic Hair Salon is at 10 High Street, Beckenham, BR3 1AZ (just behind Beckenham Junction Railway Station). Telephone: 020 8650 0555. Website: www.lohs.co.uk.

kate.bryson@archant.co.uk

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