For Kristine Gilbert-Gigante, owning her own salon has been a lifetime pursuit.
“I’ve always wanted to be a hairdresser,” she says. “We have pictures of me when I was little with curlers and doing hair.”
Now, after 14 years of working as a professional stylist, Gilbert-Gigante has opened The Root Cellar
, an eco-friendly salon on West Saginaw in Lansing.
“Our goal is to be as eco-friendly as possible,” she says. “We recycle everything we use. If I’m not going to do it, nobody is going to do it for me.”
The Root Cellar specializes in “eco aware” products, such as ammonia free hair color and gluten free hair products. The 1,000 square foot salon opened in early October and employs Gilbert-Gigante, an additional stylist and a reflexologist. Gilbert-Gigante will add two additional staff members to her team in the near future, and will also soon being offering raindrop therapy services.