By LeRae Haynes —
Health and beauty treatments go hand in hand with protecting the environment at Adorn and Beauty Naturally. The salon offers pedicures, manicures, facials, waxing, reflexology, a range of massage treatments, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, gel nails and polish, and more. What sets the salon apart, according to owner Jo-Anne Lang, is its commitment to high-quality green Canadian products with no preservatives, toxins, or harmful additives.
Lang has been in the health and beauty industry for 14 years, and says that what people expect has really changed. “People know more and care more about the products they use and where they come from,” she says. “This is so positive and encouraging.
“I starting using organic skin care myself years ago—I’m allergic to everything—and that has always motivated me to find the very best for my customers,” she says.
“I don’t know if allergies have increased, or if our awareness of them has increased. People may have had allergies for a long time without knowing it.”
Adorn offers product refills to reduce waste and uses all-natural cleaners and cloths for cleaning instead of paper towels. The salon also features local artists, displaying paintings, photography, and local jewellery, and creating a beautiful, peaceful, welcoming atmosphere for clients.
“I’m so thankful for the incredible local artists who bring their beautiful work to hang on our walls,” she says. “We have many talented artists here; I love being able to support them.”
Another important thing at Adorn is supporting the local community. “We donate every chance we get, providing gift certificates at silent auctions to raise money at school events, local galas, and non-profit events,” says Lang. “If it’s local, we’re in.”
Adorn customers are women, men, children, seniors, and families. Lang says customer service is why she started this business: to make her clients feel like they’re number one. “That’s why we’re here. I want them to feel that while they’re here they learned a little bit about being healthy and feeling happy. In this business it’s important to be personable and connect with people,” she says.
“I am very proud of my staff. They inspire loyalty and appreciation from customers. When I hire I look for ‘friendly’ and for someone willing to learn how to use natural, organic, green products.”
Sometimes it can be hard for people to get in the door of a salon, says Lang. “Sometimes people are of a generation where it’s hard to look after themselves—they see it as an indulgence. We offer a warm welcome, a warm comforting soak for your feet or your hands: it feels like coming home.
“Our facility is accessible for everyone and our services are affordable,” she says. “We explain all our products and procedures and offer information and support about all our treatments, as well as helpful ideas and suggestions.
“You don’t have to sacrifice feeling beautiful to protect the environment. I think every woman is naturally beautiful, and it doesn’t take chemicals to look and feel your best.
“I don’t believe in putting the earth in peril for our own beauty: we should teach our children that you don’t have to ruin the earth to be beautiful.”
Adorn and Beauty Naturally is located at 240B Oliver Street, and can be reached at (250) 392-2889, at www.spa-naturally.ca, and on Facebook.
LeRae Haynes is a freelance writer, songwriter, co-producer of “Pursicles,” and the community co-ordinator for Success by 6. She is also the instigator of a lot of musical shenanigans in Williams Lake including “Borderband” with kids and is a member of the “Perfect Match” dance band.