The Organic Salon Owner, Alyssa Housh
Alyssa has been a professional hairstylist for almost 17 years. After completing her Bachelor's of Environmental Studies & Sustainability in 2011, she considered leaving the salon industry. Although she continued to love many aspects of the profession, she had come to realize its overwhelmingly negative human health and environmental impacts. Upon reflection, Alyssa realized she would have no impact on the industry by simply removing herself. BUT, she COULD have a positive impact if she combined her passions - the salon industry and the environment.
"It has become my passion to reduce the negative impacts of this industry. There are safer, more natural products available that produce impressively beautiful results! My education retrained my brain to see the environmental and human health impacts in every aspect of our lives. The gaps were especially obvious when I looked at the beauty industry. It was the combination of better products and more sustainable business practices that clicked for me. All of the sudden my completely mismatched experience was harmonious. I knew I'd found my life's true journey. Carving my own path allows me to do build my business to reflect my all my passions. I'm blessed to incorporate education and giving back into my business model as well."
To honor her love of education, Alyssa regularly attends advances technical trainings, business courses and simply surrounds herself with like-minded people to advance her knowledge. Alyssa also spent over a year learning directly from the Organic Colour Systems' Global and North America Head Salon Mentors in the hopes of becoming a Salon Mentor herself. She was officially welcomed as an Organic Colour Systems Salon Mentor in March of 2016! Salon Mentors provide direct educational support for fellow Organic Colour Systems' stylists across North America. Salon Mentors - a small, prestigious team considered experts who have passed the rigorous training needed to provide education to other industry leaders.
Finally, Alyssa loves giving back by offering her professional skills and life experience to help individuals and awesome nonprofits. In 2017, Alyssa donated her time, knowledge, & skills OR provided financial contributions to the following organizations,
- Tim Tebow Foundation's "A Night to Shine"
- Freedom Through Dance's "Dancing Under the Stars"
- Girls on the Run - Head Coach at Denver School of Science and Technology Henry Middle School
- Green Works in Kansas City - selling the fabulous Shoo Juice to support entrepreneurial programing for urban teens
At the beginning of 2018, Alyssa was asked to join the cosmetology education team at Emily Griffith Technical College.
"I'm so very grateful for the opportunities this industry has provided me. My gratitude has lead me to expand my passion of education to help prepare the next generations of stylists. Emily Griffith's personal vision aligned with mine so perfectly, it seemed liked the most obvious fit. "
The Organic Salon Apprentice, Ariana Marie
Ariana Marie is a Colorado native who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado. She accrued many years of experience in culinary management, before attending the Aveda Institute Denver.
Ariana's drawn to hairdressing for the creativity and ability to positively effect and connect with her local community. Since embarking on her hair journey at the Aveda Institute, it became apparent there were many flaws in the industry that traditional salons were unwilling to address.
When Ariana found The Organic Salon, she realized the environmental impacts of the salon industry could be lessened through innovative approaches, such as, using the cleanest professional products like Organic Colour Systems and participation in programs such as Greencircle Salons recycling & Scraps bicycle-powered composting solutions .
Ariana is also passionate about education. She has received advanced cutting and color education from various Master Stylists in the Denver area including Aveda Educators Luis Gonzalez and Carrie Bellus, Wella Brand Ambassador Michael Gallegos and L’Oreal Professional Randa Rivera of Forma Collective Salon. As Apprentice to Alyssa Housh, Ariana looks forward to continuing her education and utilizing Organic Colour Systems to bring beautiful, healthy hair to the clients of The Organic Salon.