New salon offers eco-friendly options

CHAD PLAUCHE-ADKINS The Marietta Times Erin Stevens leaves as little of an environmental footprint as she can while cutting Colin Brockett's hair Tuesday in Marietta.

For customers who frequent Modest Peacock, a new hair salon at 172 Front St., the experience is as much about how they perceive the Earth as how they look walking out the door.

Erin Stevens, owner of Modest Peacock, said the name of her establishment matches her own personality.

“Peacocks are beautiful, but kind of pretentious,” she said. “I played around with the idea until I came up with a name that was more like me.”

Stevens said she has run the business for almost four years out of her Marietta home and has been in the industry for 14, but just opened up shop on Front Street on Dec. 11. The shop offers all hair services for men and women to include cuts, coloring, and styling. Modest Peacock also provides facial waxing, but what sets her apart from other businesses in the area is her shop’s concern for the environment, Stevens said.

“We are part of the Green Circle family of sustainable salons,” she said. “We recycle 95 percent of all of our salon waste.”

Most people are familiar with glass, paper and metals being recycled, but Stevens said her salon waste is used for some unique purposes.

“I always try and use reusable gloves, but if I can’t, the disposable gloves are upcycled into energy,” she said. “We even keep the cut hair. They stuff them into pantyhose and use it to absorb oil spills.”

Stevens said that after she collects enough material, she boxes it up and sends it to Green Circle’s recycling facility in Canada.

“You can actually go to their website ( and see them making the (oil soakers),” she said.

Stevens said that since construction started on the salon in November, she has been trying to find the most environmentally friendly equipment, including the hair washing stations.

“We use Eco-heads on the sinks,” she said. “They use 65 percent less water than standard ones.”

Stevens said the heads also help provide comfort for the person in the chair.

“These heads keep misting down, stopping the water from getting into people’s faces,” she said.

Now that she has been working in the store for almost a month, Stevens said she wanted to decrease the echo in the shop. She kept the environment in mind for that decision as well.

“I didn’t want to use the standard (sound absorbing) panels,” she said. “I’m talking to a company in Columbus that uses petrified moss for that.”

Stevens said the moss will provide an even more comfortable setting in the salon as well as being environmentally sound.

The salon is teamed up with Aveda, a cosmetic company with its headquarters in Blaine, Minn. According to Stevens, the company uses all organic materials in its merchandise.

“They don’t use any petrochemicals in their products,” she said. “They build up and make hair feel heavy.”

Stevens said the company works in conjunction with the Yawanawa tribe in Brazil to harvest the ukuru nut, which they use to make their products.

“It’s more of a partnership,” she said. “(Aveda) gives a fair wage and just doesn’t tear down the rainforest. I wanted to work with a company that has a conscience and a mission.”

Client Colin Brockett, 32, of Marietta, said more environmentally stores are needed in the area.

“Marietta is long overdue for stores with this kind of practice,” he said. “It clearly sets (Modest Peacock) apart from their competition.”

Brockett said that he has been going to Stevens for his grooming needs for the last three years, and besides getting a great haircut, he knows she is trying to do all she can to help save the environment.

“It makes it that much easier to come here,” he said.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment call 740-371-5089, or visit

At a glance

•What: Modest Peacock Salon.

•Where: 172 Front St.

•Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

•Offers: All hair services for men and women to include cuts, coloring and styling. Facial waxing is also available.

•For information: Visit or call 740-371-5089.

Source: Erin Stevens.