Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Green Meets Girl turns PINK!I

It's National Breast Cancer Awareness month and how are you getting involved? For the month of October I will be donating $1-5 for every client that comes in the salon and gets a hair service by me. Donations will be given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information visit
Oh, and I'm auctioning off my wig. Bid starts at $50 and all proceeds will go towards the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Online Carbon Footprint

Why does reducing our carbon footprint have to be so complicated? My roommate ordered herself a new pair of UGG's online and although most of the packaging is recyclable, why even package it at all? Wouldn't the boots in the box be enough? Is packaging excessive? The plastic bag states that it's biodegradable, but that remains debatable...

Friday, September 25, 2009

All about Green Guys Media...

This is what Green Guys Media had to say about me...

Get a haircut...clean the ocean!
Ever wonder what happens to your hair after you get a trim at the salon? In most cases it simply ends up in our waste streams. But, for a progressively green selection of salons that are starting to turn up, their hair trimmings are cleaning up our oceans and our beaches.
A company called Matter of Trust is on the forefront of this movement. They are currently working with a variety of hair salons across the country, taking their hair trimmings and turning them into “oil spill hairmats”. When the hair trimmings are collected they are weaved into highly adsorbent mats (as in "clings to" unlike absorbent which is to "soak up"). These mats are used on beaches and oceans across the country to clean up oil spills.
Have you ever noticed how greasy your hair can get? I know I have. But then again, I rarely shower. Gotta keep it green! The reason human hair gets so greasy is because it is very efficient at collecting oil. While this may be considered slightly unsanitary for some, it makes human hair ideal for cleaning up petroleum spills. These hairmats are also very efficient for drip pans during oil changes or under leaky cars, and as booms for storm drains. After the hairmats are used they are broken down and used as fertilizer. That is some truly effective recycling!
I have to give a shout out to the person who introduced me to this very cool process, Nicole Leal. She currently works at The Doves Studio in Santa Monica, where she, with the help of the salon’s owner Sonya, implemented the collection of hair trimmings and distribution to Matter of Trust. Nicole is an active environmentalist/blogger/hair stylist/make-up artist and all around awesome person I recently met at the 2009 Sustainable Works “Tomorrow Starts Today” Fundraiser, where she was recognized and awarded for her tireless environmental efforts. For more on Nicole check out and She flippin rocks!

By Erik Lingvall - Green Guys Los Angeles, Everywhere U.S.A.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Giving Back...One-class-at-a-time!

Not only am I a hairstylist, but I also teach color/haircutting classes. For every class that I teach through the Doves Academy a portion of the proceeds gets donated to a non-profit of my choice. Not only are the stylists that attend my classes getting exposed to the newest trends, but they are also giving back. My Sept. 20th, 2009 color/haircutting class supported Sustainable Works. Thanks again to Bruce and Kimi and the many other stylists who will have the opportunity to support several non-profit organizations to come!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Green T at the Sustainable Works Silent Auction

Thanks Green T for the info...

Nepalese Teen Creates Cheap Solar Panel From Human Hair
Sep 09, 2009 09:00 am. Written by Rochelle Bailis
Malin Karki, an 18 year old student from rural Nepal, was inspired by a Stephen Hawking book to harness static energy from hair, using melanin as a conductor. After creating several hair-powered prototypes that charged a cell phone and battery pack, Karki created a solar panel that uses human hair, rather than more expensive silicone, as a conductor. Karki’s creation could slash the price of solar panel production dramatically, and help bring affordable and renewable energy to developing nations—hair is, after all, a renewable resource that could be replenished by the owner of the panel as it wears out. To read more about this incredible discovery, see this article at the Daily Mail.

Green Meets Girl is an Eco-Star!

I was honored the Sustainable Works Eco-Star Award at the Sustainable Works Fundraiser!!!Since the Doves salon opening in 2007, I have been an inspiration and leader in making our business green! I have organized monthly salon beach clean-ups for the adopt-a-beach program and have dedicated a lot of my time to teaching our team how to save energy and recycle materials with the help of the Santa Monica Sustainable Works team. My dedication to the environment doesn’t stop when I leave the salon.
I took this picture at the funraiser and you'll never believe what this ballgown is made of... TRASH (marine debris)! For more information check out these links:

a.k.a. Anne Shackman

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Eco-Fashionista: TOMS shoes

If you haven't heard about TOMS shoes, it's not to late. For every pair of shoes you buy, TOMS will donate a pair to a child in need. Shoes start around $44 for men and women. If you're not into the shoes they also carry some really cool apparel. The best part is that they also give away a pair of shoes for every shirt, sweater, or hat you buy. Check them out at

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Thank you Sheila for my eco-gift! This all-in-one basil kit is amazing. Everything you need is included (soil, seeds, and a growing pot). I'm looking forward to having basil in a couple of weeks.


Over the summer I have been growing lettuce in my patio. It's convenient, easy and taste great in sandwiches.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Green Life- Sustainability WEEK

On Friday, September 25th we will be entering every client who comes in for a hair service in a raffle for a $50 giftcard for the Green Liffe Eco-Boutique located at 2409 Main Street in Santa Monica. Visit

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sustainable Works- Sustainability WEEK

On Thursday, Sept. 24th we will be hosting a Green Living 101 workshop for Sustainable Works from 6:30-9:30pm.
To register please visit:

Heal-the-Bay for Sustainability WEEK

On Wednesday, Sept. 23rd the Doves Studio will be donating 10% of all hair service
profits to Heal-the-Bay. Visit

American Forests- Sustainability WEEK

On Tuesday,Sept. 22nd the Doves Studio will be planting a tree for every client that comes in and gets a hair service. Check out

Forte Animal Rescue- Sustainability WEEK

Want to adopt-a-pet? The Doves Studio will be hosting a pet-adoption for Forte animal shelter on Sunday, Sept.20th from 11-5pm. Check them out at