By Fallene Wells
I've never been a Valentine's day sort of gal. Since I was a teen, I avoided the mushy make you cry cards for the funny smart ass cards that made you laugh.
Check out this little number by one of our favorites, Craft Boner!
Naturally I thought what better person to talk about Love and Valentine's Day then yours truly.. ME!
Love is as simple as making someone feel important. Love isn't a thing, it's a feeling of what that thing captures.. you. It's putting your heart and soul into something to make that person know that you took the time to show you care. I'd like to share with you the ingredient's of our compassionate culture, from the companies we support, to the love we have for each other, our customers, our furry friends and our planet.
We believe in creating a community of compassionate people, if we can genuinely love and take care of ourselves first, we can have respect and love for each other and pass that on to our customers. We focus on developing the foundation that makes each person great and allowing that to shine. We learn about becoming the leader of our lives by creating personal values, setting goals and we hold each other accountable. We have a personal trainer teach a fitness class, in salon yoga once a month and a nutritionist teach a class on how to eat healthy for a busy lifestyle.
We praise and support each other and are always learning something new about each other.
Team Rafting trip
Our culture is not confined to our salon, it extends to the companies we support. When we consider supporting a company, we look at all aspects of their business, if they're sustainable, ethical, sustainably and ethically sourced natural and organic ingredients, cruelty free and we consider their culture and how they treat their workers. By supporting other good business we can spread our culture of compassion, and create a movement.
We first took a look at everything in our salon and our team performed a salon audit from the coffee we use to the toilet paper we carry and slowly started to switch out our previous suppliers to better companies that align with our values. It was a journey and didn't happen over night. We are gradually incorporating better practices to create a better way of doing business.
Here are a list of some of our suppliers we would like to spot light, if you haven't checked them out we recommend you do. They are amazing companies that have some or all of these credentials: Sustainable, ethical, fair trade, give back to communities, cruelty free, organic, natural and some are local to Colorado.
We give back to our community and provide opportunities for our customers to shine and be apart of our culture. One of the ways is through our "Gratitude" program. We show our appreciation for people that are working there tails off to help others. I've been in the hair industry for a bit and have had many nurses and teachers over the years. They've talked to me about their love for their students or challenges depending on the day, and patients that they've helped or lost. I've had them fall asleep in my chair from pure exhaustion and it made me so happy that I had the opportunity to pay it forward and give them a piece of pampering and care that they provide daily to others. When we thought about all the people out there that have thankless, selfless jobs that we could give back to and make a small difference by letting them know we care, this is how the Gratitude program was born. You can check it out here
We support and offer our customers opportunities to teach at our salon, cross promote and be involved in community events. We've had fitness classes, style classes, essential oil classes, meet and greets with other local businesses, nutrition classes, recycling and more.
We love and support up and coming artists, giving them the opportunity to sell their work with no fees. I grew up around art, my family was always creating and trying to get their work out there. I used to design clothing, and played around with painting, I understand how hard it is to make a living off your work or just to simply have an outlet to show it. It's such a wonderful feeling to have the opportunity to support up and coming artists in their craft and to keep the art community alive. We have a different featured artist every 2 months, we promote them on our website, through social media and give them a professional outlet to sell and show their work. Check out our current featured artist Kaitlin Ziesmer
I've always been a crazy cat lady and a huge animal lover! We have 4 rescue cats from Max Fund and it inspired us to donate to this incredible shelter. Our customers knew we were animal lovers and started bringing in bedding, toys, and food which we decided to donate to Max Fund, in return for these donations we offered $5 off products. When someone new joins our team, they get a field trip to Max Fund.
We care and love our planet as much as the people in our chair. Before opening Let Em Have It, I never realized how much you actually throw out. Once we opened we quickly found ways we could be more sustainable. We quickly became a Certifiably Green Salon through the city of Denver, and shortly after also became the 1st Green Circle Salon in Denver. We now divert all but a small trash can in our lunchroom for recycling and as of February we are now composting! Additionally, our care for the planet includes the salon powered through wind and solar, contributions to the Sierra Club and donations to Ocean Conservancy. We believe in keeping the planet as beautiful as the hair we create.
I'm inspired by our team and customers to always evolve and becoming better people for the world around us. To me that is what love is all about.
As part of our effort to use our business to make a positive impact in the world, we have become the 3rd salon in the world to become a Certified B Corporation, this isn't a S Corp, C Corp LLC type of thing. This is a very rigorous journey, B Corporation assesses your company in all aspects. Governance, Workers, Sustainability, Community, and Customers. Here is our Impact report. Visit B Corporation to search for other Certified B Corporations.