As there continues to be a growing number of people and life in general inhabiting this planet, it only makes sense to make sure that we are doing our own part in keeping our mother earth clean, happy, and beautiful . . .

As there continues to be a growing number of people and life in general inhabiting this planet, it only makes sense to make sure that we are doing our own part in keeping our mother earth “clean”, happy, and beautiful.

The beauty and cosmetic industry as a whole over the years has sadly seemed to not have these morals in mind so much. There seems to be more incentive in the progression of “convenient” technology and performance of synthetic products than ever before in modern practices, which is keeping us in even further reach of being harmonious with nature/source.

There is a balance for everything in this life: We must give as much as we take; sustainability. But being regenerative in a way that is causing no harm is truly key.                                                                                                                                 

Thankfully, green-minded companies like Organic Colour Systems, My Hairprint, Green Circle Salons, Beauty Counter and Crunchi – to name a few in my radar – are shining bright to change this. Companies like these are proudly doing their best at sourcing sustainably and/or organically, reducing or neutralizing their carbon footprints, and diverting waste from landfills and waterways. It’s a no-brainer in this industry to look up to these guys! In my opinion, if we are going to indubitably have the cosmetic market, we better do it right and do it responsibly – don’t you agree?

Although half of these “green beauty” companies above were newly founded in the states, the other half and many, many more seem to have emerged outside of the U.S. for quite some years prior – with Europe in the lead. With the U.S. being a younger society and culture than Europe, why haven’t we been using their wise learnings for our own? Are we possibly that ignorant that we haven’t even paid much attention to information(especially the cosmetic safety & regulations in this case) of our country’s forerunners and global neighbors? And on top of not taking note from our predecessors, neither are we from our younger countries as well who seem to also get it . . .

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In my opinion, it seems as though a lot of the time we like to remain out of the loop when dealing with the health and wellness of not only ourselves and our environment, but with the many other cultures and safety regulations outside of our bubble of a country as well – and seeing the repetitive tragedies on the news definitely doesn’t count!

To me, this is a call to take action and improve this situation then,

and it all starts with ourselves.


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Many thanks to those that are already paving the way for us – especially the European Union & Health Canada for stricter cosmetic regulation and BeautyCounter for creating safe cosmetics & fighting legislation! 

Out with the Old, In with the New

To start with myself, I had to take action to do what I could to improve my current position, starting with my personal life and then with my career. I definitely can’t say it’s ever going to be an easy road to break old ties and form new habits, but it’s definitely a road you will find is worth every moment taking.

I decided to jump; instantly abandoning those habits and materials that were not truly doing good for my well-being or our environmental sustainability in my eyes, and learning along the way how to always keep improving. It’s an on-going process; you (or I) can’t become fully healthy, aware, and sustainable over night!

Due to the lack of awareness and education of potentially harmful and toxic beauty salons, Sustain the Mane Salon was then created to break the mold with alternative, healthy and sustainable beauty practices that we truly hope you always continue at home. This doesn’t mean being tied to a brand; this means being intentional with every purchase or product that you put on and in your body.

We aim to set the right examples through:

  • choosing eco-friendly companies that use biodegradable packing peanuts and recycled materials
  • recycling all product packaging, color bottles, foils from hair coloring techniques, and even our eco-friendly refreshments packaging
  • re-using items that can be sanitized instead of one-time use throw-aways; everything from our balayage meche strips for hair coloring techniques and shower caps for treatments, to our beverage cups we serve organic refreshments in and even our second hand furniture and decor
  • composting everything from some of our waxing materials, our food and paper scraps from snacks, to the natural hair clippings from your haircut
  • choosing an amazing (and hard to find) sensitive skin plant-based hard wax for ultimate comfort and to avoid the use of unnecessary materials: wax strips & more petroleum-based products
  • sticking with clean ingredients and sustainable farming practices for our products, colourants, treatments, and even cleaning products
  • making things in-house, such as our waxing cleansers, cleaning products, and our other soon to come hand-crafted items
  • growing things in-housesuch as our plants to keep the air clean and those that grow organic herbs
  • running this site as a referral database for your educational needs; to spread this sustainable and regenerative awareness.

We also focus on creating as little waste as possible, especially toxic waste! For those very few items that may come into the salon that don’t fit into the reuse or recycle category, we do have a small trash which takes quite some time to fill; as it should.

It’s never too late to start making the small changes! And remember:

Change comes from having the knowledge, and the right tools to help you take the action!



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*Our Health Advisor and Coach, Matthew Zastrow, thrives on teaching additional sustainable healthy living tips to swap even good habits for great ones. Check him out here.



We 100% support organic farming practices for our ingredients, which we try and use as many of as possible with what we carry.

We 100% support organic farming practices, which we try and use for as many of our ingredients as possible with what we carry. Local organic ingredients are most desired, and we are continuing on working on ways to bring more of those into our salon. Organic farming not only returns love back to the earth by maintaining soil fertility, but also leaves out the very harmful and toxic pesticides and herbicides that do not deserve to be entering our bodies through our skin OR by our consumption either.

While there is no completely 100% organic professional hair color line currently possible, we carry brands that try and swap out as much of the junk as they can for organic plant-based alternatives; leaving your nose, skin, and hair a heck of a lot happier than traditional lines! We are also wanting to start experimenting with 100% Pure Organic Henna Powder as a plant-based colorant alternative as well. (Contact us for more info)

If you are looking for the greenest and cleanest of organic health and beauty products, refer to our DIY section in the blog for inspiration or our resource page.

We provide all organic teas for your enjoyment during your visit, as well as occasional fresh organic snacks. All dietary plans and suggestions made by our Health Advisor, Matthew, are also always based on organic whole foods and never contain GMOs or support conventional farming.

“Sour Sea Berry” Smoothie for Hair Growth

We know that we can’t always control all factors that lead to hair loss, thinning, or slow growth, but we know we definitely do have control over a majority of it . . .

Having trouble growing your hair out or are concerned about hair loss?

We know that we can’t always control all factors that lead to hair loss, thinning, or slow growth, but we know we definitely do have control over most of the contributing factors – through your diet and lifestyle habits!

When is the last time you thought about algae? Or have talked with your girls or guys about gooseberries??

HA! For a lot of you, maybe never!

Well, time to change that… and you’ll see why!


Spirulina is a blue-green algae(cyanobacteria) superfood obtained from primarily two species: Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. It grows naturally in warm, alkaline fresh water and salt water, as well as cultivated in specific spirulina farms.

This amazing superfood serves as one of the most nutrient-dense vegetarian supplements on the planet! It is taken internally as a dietary supplement and used externally for hair and skin.

Among its numerous health benefits, spirulina contains amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamin A and beta-carotene, all of which greatly aid in the promotion of hair growth, treatments for hair loss, and treatments for dandruff.

Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

Amla is also an incredible nutrient dense food that is extremely versatile. The tree that bears this glorious fruit is commonly used in the ancient Indian medicinal practices of Ayurveda.

Because of it’s potent Vitamin C content, this fruit aids in preventing and fighting numerous health ailments, boosting immune and bodily functions, and our very favorites: promoting hair growth and even prevents the greying of hair!

That’s right. No wonder why the Indian people have been using this fruit in all of its versatility for generations!

Other Berries

Alongside amla, tart cherries have their own multi-beneficial profile which also includes aiding in great hair, skin and immune function through Vitamin C!

We know that if we are nourishing our insides with the proper vital nutrients, our skin and our hair follicles will only benefit, making it prime real estate for a healthy body with healthy hair to thrive.

When consuming, tart cherries can prevent hair loss due to anemia because of its iron content. Tart cherries or tart cherry juice also helps in maintaining healthy hair through its beta-carotene and 17 different antioxidants, including anthocyanins and melatonins.

Blueberries are also powerhouses when it comes to aiding in hair growth by improving oxygenation and circulation of blood flow, particularly to the scalp. These delicious little berries are widely known for their antioxidant content, but also provide essential vitamins A, C, E, and most importantly B complex. B complex vitamins(B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12) support the overall function of hair, skin, and nails.

More on Hair Loss

If you are someone or know of someone who may be concerned about male or female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), you’re not alone!

According to Organic Colour Systems and the American Hair Loss Association,

  • Female pattern hair loss usually begins at around the age of 30, but can be earlier. It generally becomes noticeable around the age of 40.
  • By the age of 50, 50% of women will experience some degree of hair thinning. In women, the hair becomes thinner all over the head, and the hairline does not recede.
  • By 35, 2/3 of men experience some degree of hair loss.
  • By the age of 50, about 85% of men have significantly thinner hair, including receding at the temples and a thinning crown.

I will be writing a more in depth look into hair loss and solutions, but in the mean time my best advice would be to follow this DAILY for greatest results:

  • Zero in and cut the junk out of your life (crap foods, drinks, shampoos, styling products, etc)
  • Add in beneficial superfoods/supplements for hair growth & strength
  • Focus on your happiness & releasing stress
  • Massage your scalp in small circular motions, preferably with fingers and a stimulating oil treatment
  • Use a soft boar brush to brush your scalp and hair, distributing your natural oils for protection

Make it a goal to enjoy this Superfood Smoothie for Hair Growth at least 3x per week!  


Although there are different forms of amla like there are spirulina, we have found frozen amla chunks for this “Sour Sea Berry” smoothie recipe! The frozen chunks may be one of the easier forms to find if you are not close to India, as the fruit is only in some stores seasonally and won’t last as long.

Amla on its own has quite a unique sour-citrus-type taste! WOO vitamin C!

But don’t worry, this smoothie isn’t too sour since we have natural whole food sweeteners in with the mix that help to balance everything out!

Printable Recipe

“Sour Sea Berry”

Superfood Smoothie for Hair Growth

Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, GF, Dairy-free
time: about 5 min | author: sustainthemane

 All organic, local, farm fresh or homemade ingredients wherever possible!


≈   1  c    frozen blueberries or mixed berries

≈ 1/2 c  frozen spinach

≈ 1/2 c   freshly made almond milk*

≈ 1/4 c   almond butter

≈ 1/4 c   frozen amla chunks

1      small or medium ripe banana

7      fresh cherries*

1      heaping spoon spirulina powder

1-2     tbl coconut oil

1      tbl chia seeds for topping

1-2     tbl hemp seeds for topping

Optional: +1 or 2 dates if banana isn’t ripe/sweet enough; splash vanilla extract ; ≈ 1 tbl maca powder; water for thinner consistency

  1. Blend all ingredients except chia seeds & hemp seeds in a nutri-bullet or blender, adding liquid as necessary.
  2. Top with hemp seeds, chia seeds & an extra cherry! Enjoy!


*substitute handful of almonds + 1/2 c water for almond milk & omit almond butter – or – use coconut milk in place of almond milk; one big squirt of tart cherry concentrate for fresh cherries

Recipe measurements are round about. Use your judgement on taste & additive options.



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Spatial Learner: Who really measures smoothies anyway??
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Beautiful burgundy hue in the finished blend.