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City salon scoops green award

BLACC and BLOND, based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, has won the Green Salon category in the Salon Business Awards 2022, and was a finalist in the Sustainability Hero category in the Most Wanted Awards.

The Salon Business Awards are organised by hairdressing trade publication, Salon Business, and this year was one of the most highly contested years yet, with entries from salons and stylists from the UK and abroad. 

The Salon Business Awards evening was held at Quaglino’s in Mayfair and BLACC + BLOND were up against eight finalists for the category before being announced as the winners on the evening.

The Most Wanted awards, established 22 years ago by industry magazine Creative HEAD, celebrate the stars of the industry and BLACC + BLOND are one of only five finalists in the Sustainability Hero category.

The team will now join fellow finalists at the Most Wanted Grand Final on September 5, at London’s Tate Modern, where an all-star guest list of more than 700 names will celebrate the crowning of the 2022 champions.

The BLACC + BLOND salon started its sustainability journey in 2021 - they changed their energy provider, stock only ethical product brands, changed their refreshment offerings to help reduce food waste, brought in toilet paper made from bamboo, reduced their use of single use of plastic by using refillable cleaning products and installed eco-friendly shower heads to reduce water wastage.

They also chose to donate 10% of new client service fees to OneTreePlanted to plant trees across the planet and the salon became a Climate Positive Workforce, with owner Anil Salhan offsetting the carbon emissions of his staff.

Anil Salhan said: “To win the Salon Business Green Salon award and be announced as a finalist in the Most Wanted Awards means a great deal to us. We have put so much thought and effort into making our space more green and sustainable, with the aim of becoming the most sustainable hair salon on the planet."