Episode 114

Karine Jackson

Podcast Length: 1hr 3 min | Date Published: 9th November 2021

What does running a sustainable salon involve?

We are living in turbulent times and as we come out of covid the issue that is staring us all in the face is how we all need to change the way we live and work in order to stop climate change. 

My belief is that that is the biggest thing we will be dealing with during our lifetime. But I also believe that we can and will do it. 

I think that Covid has shown us that when the world has to react and change and find different ways of working and inventing new technology in the form of vaccines etc that we can. But it’s down to all of us to do our part.

My guest on this episode is Karine Jackson from ‘Karine Jackson Sustainable Hair’ in Covent Garden London and she is a great example of a salon owner at the forefront of change.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is a sustainable salon?
  • Is there a compromise using organic colour?
  • How being ‘sustainable’ is a marketing message that can help grow your business  

And lots more!


In this Episode:


[03:18] Karine shares what her journey within the salon industry has looked like. 

[06:11] How Karine’s salon, Karine Jackson Sustainable Hair, celebrates Black History Month. 

[11:31] Examples of how Karine reduces the amount of waste she produces in her salon as well as her personal life.  

[18:41] How Karine’s clients and staff have responded to her emphasis on sustainability. 

[21:10] “Plastic is not fantastic”: lessons from Karine’s four-year-old niece. 

[21:52] Sustainable sources of PPE that Karine has sourced since the pandemic. 

[23:36] Where Karine’s advocacy for sustainability began.   

[24:30] The client who sparked Karine’s journey to find sustainable hair care products. 

[27:21] How Karine offsets the costs of paying for the Green Salon Collective recycling service. 

[30:46] Problems with palm oil, and the multitude of products it can be found in. 

[33:41] The difference between biodegradable and compostable materials. 

[35:13] Why Karine has chosen to use Organic Colour Systems products in her salon, and valuable advice for other salon owners struggling to choose a brand.

[42:33] The refill service that Sustainable Hair offers for all their products.

[44:33] Examples of the sustainability pledges that Karine and her staff have made. 

[46:50] How Karine stands up against the unsustainable practices of some major brands.

[48:54] Karine shares her thoughts on the downsides of globalization and how to combat these.

[51:16] Why Karine believes humans are becoming increasingly susceptible to allergies.

[52:21] The overwhelming nature of change, and Karine’s advice on how to get started! 

[56:25] An experiment Karine conducted to assess the amount of colour waste they were accumulating in the salon, and the approach she used to drastically reduce it.


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Special thanks to Karine for sharing her insights with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!



Links and Resources for this episode:

Grow My Salon Business 

Website | Facebook | Instagram


Karine Jackson Sustainable Hair Salon

Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook


Green Salon Collective 


Green Circle Salons


Sustainable Salons


Organic Colour Systems


Look Good Feel Better


Certified B Corporation


Fairtrade International