Life crisis leads to Hong Kong's first green hairdressing salon

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 February, 2010, 12:00am

Hong Kong has it first organic and natural hairdressing salon. Opened last month in Central's new Nexxus Building by French couple Emmanuel and Severine Faipoux, the Emmanuel F flagship eco-salon and beauty centre might use the greenest of products to keep your hair shiny and fab, but it took a major personal trauma to open up the hairdresser's own mind.

'Fourteen years ago, I had cancer.' the boutique's eponymous owner recalled.

'Before I was not unlike everyone else, I didn't care about things. I was working in Taiwan for a big salon franchise. Then I realised I didn't have any balance in my life.

'Today, I have balance. I eat organically, live naturally and I wanted to extend that to my work. I still want a successful business but I have more concerns, about the environment, about my client's hair. We're still hairdressers, not doctors, but we're offering a solution. We look for three things: products that are professional, natural and organic.'

From a modest hairdressing shop on Pottinger Street, the couple is taking a risk in opening a much larger salon complete with a product boutique and beauty centre offering an array of pampering treatments that are good for clients and the planet. 'I knew it was not a trend (to go natural). We've gone too far with chemicals. Two years ago I stopped using aluminium foil for hair colour treatments. Aluminium takes 400 years to decompose. We're unique in the city now using a cotton fabric in colouring and it gives a better result and lasts longer. It's true. It's not just marketing.'