Salon Aponte Offers a Path to Healthier Beauty
The Salon Aponte Team, photo by Abby Cole Photography
Monroe’s Salon Aponte celebrated 34 years in business in February of this year. Led by salon owner Nancy Aponte, has long been an eco-minded beauty leader in the region. The staff at the salon are consummate professionals and experts in highlighting and balayage techniques who keep up to date with ever-changing styles and needs of their clients and customers.
The salon’s conversion to more organic and healthy products began as a direct result of Aponte’s personal experience. She remembers the day she realized her occupation could be harming her health. “I was applying color and the ammonia went straight into my lungs,” she recalls. “I coughed and coughed. It was awful and I remember thinking, ‘There’s no way this can be good for me.’”
Her overhaul of the product line was gradual in some respects, starting with the refilling of containers and using low VOC sprays. Over the years, the inventory of healthier products being offered is continually growing, recently expanding to even include organic, pharmaceutical grade CBD products. Aponte says the evolution of the salon has allowed her to provide not only a valuable, healthier service for her clients, but also a healthier work environment for the stylists who work there.
“The toxins surrounding us are almost unavoidable. But they’re some things we can do something about. We’re not going to stop coloring our hair, doing our nails and wearing makeup, so the idea is to find new companies doing good things and bring those healthier products to the store,” explains Aponte. “Our products are cruelty-free and vegan as much as possible. And we research what goes into the products so we can serve the needs of even highly sensitive individuals.”
The salon carries safer hair color options, allowing stylists and clients to be creative and still have great results with all forms of coloring, highlighting and grey coverage. That includes products such as Beautycounter skin care and makeup, a California company known for producing high quality products without the use of more than 1,500 harmful or questionable ingredients (BeautyCounter.com/NancyAponte). “What I always strive to do is provide safer alternatives for beauty and self-care in a friendly and relaxing environment,” Aponte says.
To that end, Aponte has joined forces with RPM (Relief, Protection, Moisture), a line of organic, pharmaceutical-grade CBD oil products, including a thickening shampoo and revitalizing spray that provides the nutrients needed for thicker, fuller hair. Other RPM products are available, ranging from muscle and joint relief cream, treatment and thickening shampoos and conditioners to body lotion and shower gel.
To further help clients stay healthy, Salon Aponte offers the ability to shop online for safer hair care alternatives through their online store, at Shop.SalonInteractive.com/store/salonaponte. New clients can also expect a goody bag to take home, which includes discount rebooking incentives and other gifts.
In 2024, customers will be welcomed by the Salon Aponte staff in their newly renovated space—including new workstations, updated counters and lighting, making for an even more relaxing and pleasant customer experience.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 203-261-2838 or visit
SalonAponte.com. Location: 838 Main St, Tollgate Plaza, Monroe. See ad, page 12.