Exploring Sustainable, Chemically Conscious Beauty and Business

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Jess educates viewers on building a business that is centered on wellness, wholeness, and connection. Experience holistic, plastic-free hair care in a whole new way.

Creating the feel...

Adding energy to the space was important as a level 2 Reiki student.

The space was previously a gym for a personal trainer. It needed a lot of work. Yellow and TerraCotta are not the colors that people like to see reflecting on their color. We knew we wanted the space to feel light and bright with lots of natural light, rustic wood, and plant life.

The salon started to come together!

A dream in the making.....

Clean lines and a limited color palatte help minimize the feeling of chaos and allow our clients to enjoy a space that has a clean, serene feeling.

The salon started to come together!

Adding history & community with repurposed doors from Lake Crescent Lodge


Oway is the cleanest professional line that I have found. They have a BEAUTIFUL biodynamic farm in Italy.

This 6 minute video really explains the holistic approach to products from the ground to the salon and ultimately to the bloodstream of each guest.

Dermal Absorption

Dermal absorption is the transport of a chemical from the outer surface of the skin both into the skin and into the body. Studies show that absorption of chemicals through the skin can occur without being noticed by the worker, and in some cases, may represent the most significant exposure pathway. Many commonly used chemicals in the workplace could potentially result in systemic toxicity if they penetrate through the skin (i.e. pesticides, organic solvents). These chemicals enter the blood stream and cause health problems away from the site of entry.

Figure 1: Intercellular lipid pathway

As shown in Figure 1, the stratum corneum consists of cells known as corneocytes. The spaces between the corneocytes are filled with substances such as fats, oils, or waxes known as lipids. Some chemicals can penetrate through these lipid-filled intercellular spaces through diffusion.

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Figure 2: Transcellular permeation

As shown in Figure 2, another pathway for chemicals to be absorbed into and through the skin is transcellular, or cell-to-cell, permeation whereby molecules diffuse directly through the corneocytes. Retrieved from:

Figure 3: Through the appendages (hair follicles, glands)

As shown in Figure 3, the third pathway for diffusion of chemicals into and through the skin is skin appendages (i.e., hair follicles and glands). This pathway is usually insignificant because the surface area of the appendages is very small compared to the total skin area. However, very slowly permeating chemicals may employ this pathway during the initial stage of absorption. Retrieved from:


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