Earth Month

Namaste Hair Salons in Denver and Aveda Support Earth Month

Earth Month Namaste Salons

“Clean water is pure happiness to children, animals and the planet itself,” says Aveda’s president Dominique Conseil. Everyone at Namaste Pure Design Hair Salons heartily agrees, as we head into Earth Month, April 2015.

That’s why we’re working hard to support Aveda’s goal to raise $6 million for the fight for clean water for people everywhere on the planet. Since 1999, Aveda and its network of salons have raised more than $38 million for Earth Month. More than $32 million has gone toward clean water projects.

Raising Funds for Clean Water

Every year more than 30 countries around the world participate in Earth Month programs, raising funds for clean water. Aveda works with its salons, spas, institutes, stores and supporters each year to collect money for assorted programs.

This year’s motto is When you protect water, you protect what you love: animals, kids our environment—everything. There are numerous teams raising money for water projects. You can check them out and donate if you like at

The White House Goes Green

Earth Month is April each year. It is tied to Earth Day, which happens each April 22. The event began on a very small scale on April 22, 1970, a date that many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement.

It has gotten bigger each year. In fact, this year the White House will be painted earth green for the entire month of April. It will be repainted the traditional white in May.

Support from All Sides

Earth Day from its beginnings has been one event that brings together Republicans and Democrats. The first Earth Day was the idea of Gaylord Nelson, the Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, who teamed up with Congressman Pete McCloskey, a Republican from California.

Their goal was to promote a range of events around the country. Nelson wanted to focus attention on environmental protection after seeing the massive destruction from an oil spill off Santa Barbara coast.

Earth Day is now Earth Month, and Namaste hair salons in Denver are proud to be part of it.

Namaste Aveda Salons in Denver Win Again

2015 Salon Today Winner

Namaste Pure Design Aveda salons in Denver were featured in Salon Today’s magazine for the top 200 salons in the industry. Salon Today is a leading publication for salon and spa owners. Namaste’s Aveda salons in Denver were awarded a spot on the top 200 in two categories: growth and recruitment & training. The January 2015 release profiled the selected salons in their 18th annual top 200 issue.

Aveda salons in Denver 2015 Salon Today WinnerStacey Soble, editor-in-chief of Salon Today, stated, “The salons named to the SALON TODAY 200 for 2015 not only proved they excel in one or more of these areas, they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients. Their willingness to share their success offers our readers important business benchmarks and inspirational sales-building ideas.”

Namaste Pure Design Salons has three locations in the Denver area. They are affiliated with the Aveda Corporation, whose mission is to promote global wellness and a sense of community. Their salons are dedicated to providing clients with a salon visit that gives them confidence and creates a beautiful new style. Their stylists are professional, talented and knowledgeable. Owners Rick Van De Riet and Tommy Pernell continue to foster a spirit of growth for employees and present guests with the haircuts and style skills they are looking for.

If you are interested in learning about our spot in Salon Today’s top 200 list you can click here to read more or give us a call at (303) 777-5914.

Background:  Namaste Pure Design Salons is a group of Aveda salons in Denver, CO. We have three locations and are partnered with Aveda, a pioneering brand of botanical hair, skin, and beauty products. The salons offer each customer a personal and rewarding experience every time they visit. Our goal is to provide haircuts and salon experiences that leave men and women feeling better than when they arrived.

Interesting Facts About Your Hair

Our Denver Hair Salons Have Some Cool Info

Curious about your hair? Read these fun facts that our Denver hair salons have put together. Need a haircut or other hair services? Call us now to schedule your appointment, (303) 777-5914.

Fun Facts About Your Hair

Aveda Gift Sets

Aveda Gift Sets: Beautiful, Stylish, Changing the World

At Namaste Aveda salons in Denver we’re happy to partner with our company. Aveda understands that the world is a fragile place; and is dedicated to making a difference. So much so that our company bought almost 2 million sheets of paper that are used to wrap our limited edition gift sets since 2007. This humble endeavor has made a large leap for some of the poorest people in Nepal; even going further to help provide healthier, cleaner drinking water to create a better, happier and healthier environment in Nepal.

Curing Humanity, One Job at a Time

By wrapping our Gift Set Line in the carefully produced, unique and beautiful paper we’ve managed to hire over 5,500 men and women to make paper that provides a way for their families to be able to make ends meet. By our investing in Nepal’s high quality paper, over 2,400 families are able to do more for their families; like buying food, repairing their homes, sending their children to school and saving for the future; as well as providing simple things for their families- making a huge impact on this country.

This handcrafted and beautiful paper is changing life for entire families (men and women, some even in single parent families with multiple children). Now, Fathers don’t have to leave the country to find work, and women can further help support to provide more for the household. This means that children have been able to receive education that might have been previously affordable. All because of this simple Lokta paper bark that has been used for centuries handed down, from family to family; in the time-honored traditions of the ancient ways.

The Very Best Paper You Can Find, the Process

First, the women collect bark from the Lokta bark from small shrubs with their bare hands; working it down, heating it up and cooking into a thick pulpy paste. Next, they are worked through the trough and pressed through screens that are dried and stretched in the sun. The color comes from the dyeing, which is completely natural, and which comes last.

Not only is this paper making such an impact on life for these people; but the Nepali people say that it’s of such strong, acid- free quality that it lasts for over 1,000 years. One of the best parts about it is that not only is it such quality paper but that it’s also great for the environment. After buying the almost 2 million sheets of paper; we’re saving trees- protecting over 34,000 acres of forest to fight climate change, reducing as much as 25 percent of greenhouse gasses that are caused by deforestation.

At Aveda, as we continue to fight poverty with paper; you can purchase our limited edition and very high quality natural products at affordable prices in our exclusive and beautiful gift boxes. This small step to fight poverty has created a prosperous tide in Nepal: Making education accessible and fighting poverty for its people.

You can feel good purchasing these great gifts knowing that you’ve contributed to a very worthy cause. Sometimes, it’s hard to decide where to start looking at this huge global problem of poverty and illiteracy. The important part is to simply take that first step- which is something we did as Namaste Aveda salons in Denver; and we aren’t looking back at all; helping the people of Nepal live better, buying paper for their popular gift lines that feature anything you could imagine: a gift of spa nights, a retreat from stress, a gift of pure invigoration, a gift of smiles; maybe a gift of relief?

On Redheads and the Dodo Bird

Are Redheads Really Going Extinct?hair salons in Denver

At our Namaste hair salons in Denver, we offer a variety of hair care services including coloring, styling, design and botanical hair therapy treatments. We get a lot of clients with different hair colors – both natural and dyed.

So we were curious when some recent research came out that the redhead gene may be going extinct! Are Nicole Kidman, Kate Mara and Sissy Spacek, to say nothing of Conan O’Brien, to go the way of the dodo bird? Are redheads doomed by climate change? So say a group of scientists studying the effect of global warming on genes and human evolution.

With the changing climate worldwide, the gene that causes red hair, MC1R on chromosome 16 to be exact, might have outlived its usefulness. Weather changes will mean either more cloudiness or less cloudiness, both of which would have a significant effect on the usefulness of this gene in human evolution.

The origins of redheads

The theory is that centuries ago in northern climates, this gene became more prominent to because it helped people get more Vitamin D. Red hair goes with lighter skin. The lighter the skin, the easier it is for the human body to absorb the vitamin D from sunlight. This is why, it is believed, that redheads are commonly found in Scotland, Wales, northern England, Ireland and Germany.

Suspect study

But the research isn’t conclusive and scientists aren’t in agreement with each other. The recent spate of new stories about redhead extinction created a flurry of interest, but it has been further reported that the original study was done by the Oxford Hair Foundation, funded by hair dye giant Proctor and Gamble. Some scientists are claiming the research is highly suspect.

The 40 million redheads worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief.

Myths and facts

Redheads are famous in literature for their high spirits and blazing furies. Sometimes known as carrot tops or gingers, they have been treated as special throughout the ages. The ancient Romans even charged more for redheaded slaves.

Though challenged by redheads themselves, certain myths have grown up around them, including:

  • they are unlucky
  • bees sting them more often
  • they are hybrids of the couplings of aliens and early humans

There is no need for myths, the facts about redheads are interesting enough. Did you know:

  • They are more prone to skin cancer. Their light skin makes them extremely susceptible to the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays.
  • They are more sensitive to physical pain, especially extremes of hot and cold. As a rule, in surgery they require about one-fifth more anesthesia than people with another color of hair.
  • They make their own Vitamin D when exposed to conditions with low levels of light.
  • Those who also have blue eyes are part of a very select group. This is the most rare combination of hair and eye colors among humans, about 1% of the population.

Hair differences

Natural red hair has its own characteristics, quite distinct from other colors. Stylists have long known that it is harder to dye the hair of a redhead than it is a blonde or brunette.

Redheads have fewer strands of hair on their heads, though each is thicker to compensate. Red hair doesn’t simply go grey. Instead it fades slowly to a shade of rose and finally to silver or white. So relax redheads, you don’t have anything to worry about.

Aveda makes special products for red heads. It’s called the Madder Root Shampoo and Madder Root Conditioner. The fun name aside, it keeps your red highlights around for much longer. Speak with your stylist for more information.