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Organic Beauty With Natural And Organic Products

By S. Mathur

Victorian ladies used to poison themselves with arsenic, because it was believed to help them preserve a smooth, unblemished complexion. In our day, many hair care products, and especially hair coloring products, use strong and toxic chemicals that are harmful to both clients and salon staff. For Angela Kowieski, Salon Owner at Organic Beauty in Madison, WI, this was not a matter of hearsay but her own experience. An experience that led her to open her own salon which uses only natural and organic products.

"I opened Organic Beauty Salon & Spa more out of necessity," she said. "I have been in the beauty industry 17+ years and the harsh chemical based products that we used daily in a traditional style salon were taking a toll on my health. When I was pregnant with my third child my beauty career was coming to a halt due to complications I was having with my pregnancy due to hazardous work related chemical inhalation."

She didn't want to give up doing work that she loved, so she began searching for safer and healthier products.

"After trial and error with many products and companies I was able to combine some of the best professional beauty products in the industry to be able to create a full service salon & spa for those seeking healthier alternatives to traditional beauty products," she said. "I feel what makes our team at Organic Beauty stand out from traditional salon products is the education that we receive from the product lines on what harsh chemicals are used in our industry and how we can keep not only ourselves but our clients health in mind while still being able to provide top of the line services."

In her experience, Kowieski finds that natural and organic products are not just safer and healthier, but they also produce better results.

"Our product lines are also more science based," she said. "We are not just slapping color on our clients heads and praying in the back that it will work. We pre-treat the hair and keep the health of our clients hair in mind when providing services."

Salon services include OWAY (Organic Way) and Organic Colour Systems color, perm and relaxers. Organic Beauty specializes in bridal hair and makeup, and Kowieski will travel to other cities and even out of state to prepare bridal parties. Organic and naturally derived products from Moroccan Organics, Organic Care/Control/Connect, Hemp; O'right, KeraGreen, Divinity Organic's skincare and Fairy Tales Organic Children's product lines are used. When clients walk into the salon, they can relax and breath the fresh air. Unlike other salons, there are no toxic chemicals here.

Organic Beauty and Kowieski also connect to the community in a number of ways. She has been recognized as one of the 40 Under 40 business leaders in Madison, for her role in starting the Miss Quince Madison Pageant and Madison's first Quinceañera expo. This highlights services for the Latino community and for young Latinas.

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