When we first began muling over ideas for Koots Salon, like what would it look like? What products did we want to use? And who would we appeal to? The answers were simple. We wanted a relaxing space, full off happy vibes where our clients could unwind and be pampered. You could say we wanted it to be a destination experience! As for the products, there was no question, they had to be cruelty free. There is no need for animal testing in this day and age so any companies still testing on animals were out! This was when we discovered Davines. After scratching the surface with this company and finding them to be deeply rooted in the idea of sustainability, with recycling high on the agenda, they now ticked all of the boxes.
“Beauty will save the world”
At Koots we are more than aware of the devastating effects plastic pollution is having on our beautiful world. Just last week, I walked my dogs to a small cove just behind Living Coasts and I couldn’t believe the amount of rubbish, mainly plastic, which was scattered across this otherwise pretty little beach. About a month ago another beach walk revealed a huge amount of plastic amongst the sea weed on Abbey Sands. This is becoming a more and more common theme, our beaches and oceans are turning into dumping grounds!
Although World Earth Day began in America in 1970 and was thought of as being controversial and taking away from the civil-rights and women rights movements, it now has it’s own thunder, which is so relevant the world over. We cannot avoid the facts that plastic is becoming the No 1 pollutant of our environment, whether its being manufactured or destroyed, it pollutes our air, land and water. Plastic is full of carcinogens and does its damage over time. Even opening a bottle of mineral water in a plastic bottle releases this plastic pollution.
The only way we can help to improve the damage being done is to start avoiding the use of plastic, especially the use of non food grade and non recyclable plastic. There is a school of thought that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Now that thought doesn’t fit too well when booking the next beach holiday.
Even Theresa May has tweeted about her support and backing of local community projects to clean up our beaches and seas. So many animals and sea life are getting caught up in the 8 million tonnes of plastic which is making it's way into our oceans every year and having devastating effects, with so many different species eating and getting caught up in and entangled in the litter.
It may surprise some of you to know and others may have already spotted it but the ‘K’ in the Koots logo is sat inside a certain symbol………this is the Alchemical symbol for Earth. Earth being one of the 4 classical elements in Alchemy symbols. As you can see from the picture Scot already had these symbols tattooed, we added a 'K' and the Koots logo was born! For us at Koots this logo symbolises our commitment to our planet and sustaining it’s natural beauty. So in our contribution in assisting the efforts of cleaning up our beaches we are organising a beach clean…
The place is Beacon Cove, behind Living Coasts
The date - to be confirmed
The time - to be confirmed
We would like to invite anyone showing an interest and willing to help to come and join in with us.
Don't forget we also offer a permanent 10% discount off product purchases upon the return of your empty Davines product containers which we will recycle for you. So get involved. If we all just do our little bit we can change this plastic future before we all become like the song ‘Plastic Man” by the Kinks. Don’t let us be plastic people!!
Koots Salon Mission Statement
To be self aware and enhance the lives of our clients and ourselves by understanding the importance of delivering a bespoke service that empowers and evokes confidence and freedom. Our hair is our head dress to wear as embellished or as minimal as we so wish. Our individuality begins here, lets teach each other not to follow others but to express your own personality from a vision of nature and manmade alike. An inspiration to all around us. A cruelty free salon aware of the worlds ecological movement, taking the responsibility of sustaining the planet seriously. All our products are responsible and so are we. We can’t save the planet from mankind on our own but together we can all contribute and ensure we deliver our finest work whilst leaving the planet and all it’s life and lustre as we found it.
“Not just a salon, it’s a lifestyle”
Oh and one last thing, so now we’ve explained the symbol, you’ll probably be wanting to know where the K comes from? Well that’s another story entirely………………..
By Melissa Hood
When it comes to working as a team there aren't many places I have ever been that come close to having the unity of a family like we have here at Koots.
After discovering each other through various work and friendship referrals we found that once we had come together we had all the right ingredients for making Koots an extremely welcoming, relaxing and social salon. Koots isn't somewhere our clients come just to have their hair done or one of our specialist facials, its a place to visit because it is an all round experience where each and every client is made to feel like one of our family whilst they are here.
Each client may have a different reason for visiting us, it could be that its because Jess just does the best balayage in the bay and her attention to detail with colour transformations is admirable, or because Clive does a precision cut like no other and his lines are spirit level worthy. Then there's Melissa who has a keen eye for style and fashion and when it comes to what will be the next big trend, you know she will give you the best advice for keeping right up-to-date. Or perhaps its because our Chief Scot has been doing your hair for so long that you could never dream of letting anyone else near it, because that bond between client and stylist can be very strong. so much so that in fact, our clients often become our friends. Yes we are running a business but that personal touch is what makes us stand out.
Maybe you haven't tried us yet and are thinking about taking the plunge, and want to know a little more about our stylists and what we have to offer, if so, stay tuned as each member of the tribe will be having their own mini biography written. So you can really feel like you're getting to know us before you get here. It is so important to feel comfortable and confident and safe in your stylists hands.
Personally and speaking from my own experience, I have been wondering what to do with my own hair for some time. I wanted to try something different and having the pick of the bunch with so many great skills available I was spoilt for choice. I decided to put myself in the Chiefs safe hands and yesterday had a complete restyle. I have to say it's definitely the best cut I have ever had. It's a little alternative but that is what's all the more fascinating about it. I am so thrilled with what he has created, Scot really listened to me and understood what I wanted. I feel like it perfectly suits my personality and as hairdressers we are often the hardest too please! As a hair stylist feeling like you have great hair is paramount. So thank you Scot for making me look and feel fit to be a Master Stylist!
I think it is safe to say that at Koots we are not followers, we are leaders. So weather you are blonde, brunette, short, long, curly, or poker straight, we have all of the ingredients to make you look and feel your best.
But don't take our word for it. You can check out our reviews either on Facebook or on google at Koots Salon Torquay. We have also had a beautiful blog written by one of our clients which you can read by clicking on the link below.
Brunette/Caramel and Platinum Beachy Blonde Balayage by Jessica Thomas
Silver and champagne blonde with a silky blow dry and a rich chocolate brunette with cascading waves by Melissa Hood
A-symetric pixie crop with a clever undercut to give a unique finish by Scot Robson
Here at Koots we are looking to bring the styles, fashions and trends of the city to the people of Torquay and Devon.
We love to stay current and know how much the sun kissed Ombrè and perfect blend balayage is still the No 1 choice for any long haired lovelies, however times are a changing. New emerging colour techniques are on the horizon and we want to be the first to bring this to you.
Thanks to Angelo Seminara, Davines’ Artistic Director, we can now do something new and innovative with the help of the Imprinter, a new piece of colour equipment which gives the hair a stencilled look and can be used with semi permanent or permanent hair colour.
This is something which has not yet been seen as a salon colour service offered in Torbay and we are very excited about it’s arrival to Koots.
As we use Davines colour we are able to say that not only are we cruelty free but also vegan friendly and can offer vegan colour services and refreshments.