Red Hare Limited
45 High Street
Kidderminster DY14 8DQ united kingdom
Red Hare Salon
Working to be an icon of the environment within our community.
At Red Hare it would mean the world to us to be recognised for the work we have done within the community and for the environment and around our salon.
We have been a Kevin.Murphy Sessions salon for the past 16 years since we first opened our doors, and we, and our customers, have been hooked ever since.
We were one of the first salons within our area to take a stance on having products which were committed to the environment as this was something that we were passionate about and searched hard to find. Knowing that the company has a conscience about the environment was key to our decision (along of course with them performing to give the best results to our clients) as the line delivers on being sustainable and using renewable sources – so less harm is done to the environment.
Knowing that from the product to the packaging KEVIN.MURPHY allows us to work well with it, knowing that it matches our ethics, and also more importantly have regular conversations with our clients about it and why we use it, is key. It’s not just about knowing about it, it’s also about spreading the word and making sure that we are all held accountable in our daily lives.
Our work within this side of things doesn’t stop there. We also use ECOHEADS shower heads at our sinks, which use 65% less water, try and avoid using single use plastics wherever possible, and also have a recycling station for staff and customers to use. We know it is the individual choices we each make in our daily lives which make a huge difference to the environment.
But we think what takes us further into the realm of being icon’s within the community, is our work with bee’s. We know this is a hot topic at the moment because it is so important to our future.
This summer we wanted a way to help educate our customers even further on the plight of the humble bee. When one of our stylists noticed one just outside the shop door at the height of the season, she didn’t hesitate to scoop it up, pop it on a flower and feed it something sweet so he could go on his merry way.
This got such a lot of attention from everyone we spoke to about it, and posted on social media, that we realised this was something we had to champion. We found out that these inspects have been declining since the 1990s, despite all their hard work pollinating 80% of all flowering plants. Which is when we sprung into action.
Each stylist has a Bee Revival Kit which fits on your keyring and has a bit of bee syrup inside which you can put to the side of a struggling bee who may be exhausted or just needing an energy boost to return to their hive. After speaking to some customers about it, who had never heard of them before, we decided to purchase some to sell within the salon.
But we didn’t stop there! We also decided to put more flowers outside in our pots, and although limited on space, they have been a buzzing success with the insects who we noticed especially love the lavender.
To then spread the awareness further and to all generations, we decided to host a Buzzing Bee Painting competition for children up to the age of 12 years old. This has been perfect for parents over the summer holidays and has been light relief for any visiting our salon as we have provided pens and paper for them to get painting their own bee themed pictures. Our salon director Joanna Apperly is also an artist by trade and so has painted her own bee themed artwork which is up for a prize, along with one of the bee revival kits to the winner, which will be picked just at the start of children going back to school.
We have already been inundated with pictures, which we will be hanging in the salon and posting across social media to keep up the ‘buzz’ of saving the bees and act as a reminder for us all to keep our eyes peeled for them as they go about their daily business!
The winner will also be entered in to the Art for Planet Earth exhibition which is touring locally throughout October and November and we are sure this will also give children a boost in finding out more about the environment. Red hare salon has also sponsored this exhibition.
While where we live and work isn’t a heaving city, our community is important to us and being the place for people to not just come and get their hair done, but for it to be an experience for them, be it learning about the products and why we use them, to making sure we are all keeping each other, and the environment safe, is important to us beyond words.
To win this award and be able to shout about it louder and to other communities similar to ours, would ‘bee’ amazing.
Jo and the Red Hare Salon team x
126.96.36.199 | 31/08/2021