Afsaneh’s Natural Hair Color Studio
“Everything I use is organic,” says Afsaneh Gibbs, owner of Afsaneh’s Natural Hair Color Studio in Palm Desert. Her salon features products from Organic Colour Systems, a line Gibbs chose specifically for clients who battled cancer. “Clients don’t experience any itching, burning, or tingling with the Organic Colour Systems line,” Gibbs says, adding that clients are especially impressed that the salon never smells of peroxide.
73700 Highway 111, Suite 2, Palm Desert. 760-340-2222; www.afsanehsorganichaircolorstudio.com
At Agim Salon at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, owner Agim Rakipi uses Fifth Element, his own signature line of hair care products. “People especially love the Black Label line, because it’s a high-end, certified-organic line,” Rakipi says. Natural ingredients are featured throughout Fifth Element products, such as lemon peel extract in the smoothing line of products and white tea leaf extract in its volumizing shampoo. Rakipi also recommends the line’s boost spray, which features protective sunflower seed extract that adds a boost of volume.
44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells. 760-340-0335;
Aveda El Paseo
A beauty brand well known for its love of natural ingredients, Aveda offers guests a chance to try its extensive hair care, skin care, and makeup offerings at its Palm Desert Experience Center. Manager Caitlin Saracco highly recommends Aveda’s Invati hair care line. “Turmeric is a key ingredient for the Invati line,” she says, “along with ginseng root and mulberry root extract. Our proprietary blend of natural ingredients has been clinically proven to reduce hair loss.”
73680 El Paseo, Suite B, Palm Desert. 760-773-2662; www.elpaseoexperiencecenter.com
Brush Hair Salon
Owner Barry Nadeau believes salons should be sustainable, which is why he compares his salon to a desert succulent. “It doesn’t take a lot to keep it beautiful,” Nadeau says, “and it’s not robbing the environment of precious resources.” His passion for sustainability led Nadeau to choose the Italian Davines line of hair care products for his salon. The boutique line features a farm-to-bottle philosophy. Not only are the ingredients natural, but each bottle denotes the farm from which the ingredients came. One of his favorite products is Davines’ OI line, which features natural roucou oil from Cambodia.
1090 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-399-0447; www.brushpalmsprings.com
Read Brown Hair Salon
At Read Brown’s salon in Palm Springs, the botanical products from Australian stylist Kevin Murphy set the standard for naturally focused hair care. Men love the Rough Rider pomade, infused with soy bean extract and golden bamboo. “Instead of it getting hard and cracking, this pomade lets you manipulate your hair all day long,” Brown says. She also believes the line’s clean, midcentury modern packaging makes it a perfect fit for Palm Springs.
1063 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-413-1150; www.readbrownhairsalon.com