How Vish Can Help Salons Solve the Universal Color Waste Problem (and Save Money)
By Denise Prichard
Unfortunately, color waste has always been an industry-wide problem. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 40% of hair color is being wasted. With all of this color being poured down the drain, continuing business as usual isn’t an option.
Since the average colorist is mixing up more product than what is needed, color is not only getting washed down the drain and into our waterways—this waste is also costing your salon a pretty penny. How are we going to work together as an industry to reduce this waste and ensure no more color finds its way down the drain?
How salons can make a positive impact on the environment and save money
There is no one way to become an environmentally friendly and fiscally responsible salon. You need to find the right path for you and remember that becoming a profitable, sustainable salon requires a multi-faceted approach.
For starters, the obvious way to reduce your environmental impact is by recycling, and there are several companies out there that can help you properly dispose of your materials—but why stop there?
Why not go one step further and stop overmixing? You can completely eliminate color product waste altogether and save money. With salon technology, you are now able to track exactly how much product is being used and how much is being wasted. This enables you to nip the problem in the bud. Rather than recycle the over-mixed product, you eliminate it.
Vish enables you to do just that by integrating a high-tech color scale with your Booker by Mindbody system. The sleek, integrated app allows colorists to precisely measure color for customized formulas and cuts waste down to almost nothing.
Now, not only will you be recycling your waste—you’ll actually have less waste altogether—meaning you’ll save more money in the long-run. Using this type of technology doesn’t require much of a behavior change but it will end up saving you up to 40% of color per application. Not only does this mean less color down the drain or in landfills, but you’re also spending less money on product—providing you the opportunity to make your salon even more sustainable.
You can refine your formulas to the exact amount that you need. That means there is no longer a reason for over mixing, and all it requires is a small behavior change of reweighing your bowl after an application.
With just this one change, your salon can reduce its carbon footprint, contributing to the sustainability of this industry. Right now, Vish is also offering a FREE scale ($250 value) to all Booker by Mindbody customers that purchase a monthly package with them.
Making the salon industry more sustainable
Sometimes it feels like the changes we make will go unnoticed. What is one salon in the grand scheme of things? But think about it—if every salon joins the hair color revolution with Vish, how much less color would be wasted and poured down the drain?
It’s important we continue to improve ourselves and do what we can to help the environment, making this industry as sustainable as possible. Recycling is great and we encourage everyone to find environmental ways to dispose of their waste, such as foils and tubes, but more than that, we encourage you to make that behavior change and stop wasting your color. Remember, the more salons that make this change, the bigger the impact we have.