Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to have products assessed in Green Salon?

0 DKK.

How much does it cost to have products included in Green Salon’s Positive Product List?

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Why are perfumes accepted in Green Salon?

In Green Salon, we have chosen not to fight against ALL chemicals at once. Instead, we fight the worst chemicals first. For example, the risk of PPD and PTD are serious and can be life-threatening. In non-serious cases, the damage lasts for weeks. The chemicals are common and one becomes sensitised for life. Perfume allergy is undeniably bad for those affected, but the risk is not directly life-threatening.

For products with perfume, the fragrances can be recognised when the bottle is opened, thereby more easily recognisable for people with perfume allergies. Therefore, we have chosen to accept perfume, but we recommend the salons to have a perfume-free series. This is in contrast to, for example, dye, which presence is not recognised before reading the list of ingredients.

I want to colour my hair, what products should I use?

The vast majority of hair colours in shops and at hairdressers are oxidative hair colours. Oxidative hair dye contain allergenic chemicals such as PPD or PTD. These chemicals are on Green Salon’s List of Banned Chemicals and must therefore never be present in a Green Salon. On the other hand, non-oxidative hair dye such as henna colour and so-called direct colours are accepted and used in the certified Green Salons.

Which hair colours can I use?

Green Salon’s regulations don’t dictate which products the certified Green Salons must use. Green Salon’s only requirement on products is that no certified Green Salon must sell or use a product containing chemicals from Green Salon’s List of Banned Chemicals.

This means, for example, that colours with PPD, resorcinol, parabens or PTD are excluded. These chemicals are perfectly legal in cosmetics, but since they are highly allergenic, all the Green Salons have decided not to use them.

This means that all oxidative hair colours are excluded from Green Salon.

But which hair colours are accepted in a certified Green Salon?

Of permanent colours you can use the so-called direct hair colours (also known as “new generation colours”), for the time being Elumen from Goldwell and Ingredicolor from Hair Team Company are accepted.

You can use many plant-based colours. Pure henna colours are OK in Green Salon.

Note that some companies write that their colours are organic, plant-based, etc. even though the colours have added artificial dyes to obtain dark shades. Often you can recognise these colours by the phrasing “100% grey hair coverage”. These hair colours, which call themselves healthy, environmentally friendly and mild, are in fact oxidative hair colours with PPD or PTD. Therefore, you should check that the hair colours do not contain chemicals that are banned in Green Salon.

What is PPD?

PPD stands for p-phenylenediamine. The EU Scientific Committee SCCS concludes that PPD is “extremely sensitising”, meaning extremely effective in inducing allergies. Many hairdressers have learnt this the hard way from the reaction on their hands. PPD exists in a number of variants, all of which contain the word “phenylenediamine” and all are moderate to extremely sensitising. All chemicals with “phenylenediamine” in the name are banned in Green Salon.

It is illegal to apply PPD directly to the skin. PPD is included in temporary tattoos, the so-called ‘henna tattoos’, and these are illegal throughout the EU.

What is PTD?

PTD stands for toluene-2,5-diamine. EU’s Scientific Committee consludes that PTD is “extremely sensitising”, i.e. extremely effective in inducing allergy. Many hairdressers have learnt this the hard way from the reaction on their hands, and many people have discovered the allergy after a hair dye.

Toluene-2,5-diamine and toluene-2,5-diamine sulfate are legal in hair colours in the EU, but are banned in Green Salon. Some suppliers claim that toluene-2,5-diamine sulfate is less harmful than toluene-2,5-diamine, but this is simply a myth.

How much does it cost to be part of Green Salon?

3000 DKK per year + VAT.

How is the control carried out?

The Green Salon logo and the Green Salon certificate are the customers guarantee that a Green Salon complies with Green Salon’s rules. This means, among other things:

  • A number of harmful substances are banned in the salon, so people who suffer from allergy can visit a certified Green Salon
  • The salon takes care of reducing its environmental impact through water savings, less energy consumption, the purchase of green electricity and the use of organic and eco-labelled goods. To ensure this guarantee to customers, all Green Salons are inspected every year. In Denmark, all salons receive an unannounced inspection, where the products are reviewed.
  • We talk to employees to make sure they know Green Salon’s rules
  • We look at environmental conditions and energy consumption
  • We talk about the possibilities for new environmental efforts