…Itchy eyes are targeted with a cooling mint mask, and chapped lips get much needed attention with a lemongrass exfoliant that sloughs flaky skin. Hot compresses and pressure point massage remove toxins and release sinus pressure. The treatment costs only $20, but it’ll leave you feeling like a million….
Since opening juju Salon and Organics in the heart of Fabric Row, Juliene Ebner’s been treating Philly’s follicles to healthy, nontoxic maintenance. Now your pores can get in on the enviro-friendly action. Her new juju Spa & Organics offers shiatsu massage, Ayurvedic treatments, waxing, makeup and nails. The low-key, Moroccan-inspired outpost features peace and quiet (no cell phones!) and a slew of indulgent products such as locally made Aromabliss by Lilavati (a yogini in South Jersey) and Zoya nail polish.
by Jessica Blatt
…A single organic facial at juju’s new neighbor spa, and I’m wholly hooked. I can’t really tell you what went on in the spa’s gorgeously worldly back treatment room – there was mixing of herbs, application of Thai compresses, a foot massage, a mild peel, and efficient extractions (thank goodness those are all natural!) – but now I’m ready to buy stock in skincare from Sevi and Starflower – and I’m willing to wait in line for one of the spa’s already impossible-to-book mani-pedis (with Formaldehyde-free polish and hot-stone massage).
“Find a better way to beauty. juju’s services and products are the safest and most natural, from companies that care. Salon style can be safe for you, your family and our world. Providing all-natural, non-toxic and organic professional hair & body products and services.”
by Lisa Stasiulewicz
“For Julie Ebner, owner of Juju Salon & Organics in Philadelphia, her motto—’Find a better way to beauty’—applies right down to her shop’s floor. Not only does she offer all organic, sulfate- and paraben-free products and chemical-free dyes, but she also hired a local green contractor to make sure renovations to the salon were eco-friendly and tat the paints used were fume-free. ‘I’m committed to providing a natural experience every way I can, from organic ways to treat hair problems to using flea-market furniture,’ says Julie. ‘The result is healthier hair, healthier people, and a cleaner environment—everyone wins.'”
by Eva Liao
Interview with Juliene Ebner: “…Getting a great haircut is a given here, but we’re also about community. We do tons of workshops: shiatsu, feng shui, classical Indian music. The people who come to this salon, they’re artists, healers, reiki practitioners, massage practitioners, yoga teachers, meditation counselors, nutritionists…”
“I’m a grad school dropout—had a degree in Eastern philosophy—so I like to say I went from cosmology to cosmetology. Everything we use is nontoxic, organic, safe and well-researched. Working in the typical hair salon environment was uninspiring, so I just kinda cut hair on the side for a long time. And then about six, seven years ago I got into eating organically, doing yoga, living holistically. I always wanted to open up my own tiny shop, something small and friendly. Getting a great haircut is a given here, but we’re also about community. We do tons of workshops: shiatsu, feng shui, classical Indian music. The people who come to this salon, they’re artists, healers, reiki practitioners, massage practitioners, yoga teachers, meditation counselors, nutritionists. I enjoy going to a bar, having a drink, whatever—I’m not a fanatic, I live in the real world. I have kids, and I just try to feed them as many whole foods and grains as I can. And the more you do it, the more you can’t go back to eating another way. My triumph is my daughter stuffing down brown rice, bok choy and tofu, and saying, ‘This is so good.’ I’m like, ‘Yay!’ But trust me, they want chocolate cookies too. It’s the Buddhist way. You gotta take the middle path.”
by Joy Manning
“A Queen Village salon shows that all dye jobs aren’t created equal.”
by Lisa Levinson, Director, Public Eye: Artists for Animals
“My new fling is with Max Green Alchemy, a cruelty-free cosmetics line available at Juju Salon & Organics (716 S. Fourth St.), which specializes in organic products that are not tested on animals. I appreciate finding products with the leaping bunny and vegan logos on them. That way I know what I’m buying won’t offend my senses or my sensibilities. My current fave is the Scalp Rescue shampoo. Smells yummy and is light enough to use daily. My hair looks and feels better since I’ve been using it! Great for swimmers and swingers.”
by Natalie Hope McDonald
Owner and stylist Juliene Ebner didn’t consider organic products until after the birth of her daughter, Lucie. Unlike the toxic hair color found in most boxed products, Juju Salon & Organics uses Organic Colour Systems by Herb UK, a permanent, nontoxic solution for covering gray hair, roots or just getting rid of mousy brown locks. Ebner says it has no harsh odors because it’s made of organic botanicals and herbs. Even her gyno sends expecting moms to Juju.
Philadelphia Magazine: Best of Philly – All Natural Hair Care
This cozy, eco-friendly Fabric Row salon uses only good-for-your- body; good-for-your-planet and especially good-for-your-tressers prod- ucts. Owner Julie Ebner expertly applies amazing,ammonia-free hair color. And just as awesome are Juju’s products to go: John Masters Organics scalp-strengthening shampoos and oils, MOP’s moisturizing conditioners, and Nature Girl’s richly scented botanical lotions.
Where Magazine – Here & Now, Jan 2006
Resolved to love mother earth a little more tenderly this year? Tweak your beauty routine ever so slightly with a visit to Queen Village’s three- month-old, environmentally savvy, cruelty-free hair salon. Conveniently located across the street from a natural foods market, naturally cozy Juju stocks hard-to-find (and impossible-to-resist) professional organic prod- ucts: color from the UK’s Organic Colour Systems, shampoos from John Masters Organics, flower-based body scrubs and lotions from Nature Girl, and baby care from Mama Rose’s Naturals. “Every product in my store is as all-organic as I can possibly find it,” says owner/stylist Julie Ebner.
By Patty-Pat Kozlowski
Aretha sings it best. “Cause you make me feel like a natural woman….” But a new salon in Philadelphia is taking the Queen of Soul’s words to heart and styling with all natural products.
Literally a hop, skip and jump from the hustle, bustle and trying to be an outrageous originality of it all of South Street sits an oasis and utopia that instantly seals you off from the traffic, cheesesteaks, draught beers, body piercing, tattoos, and crassly worded t-shirts with simply a cup of tea and Ray Charles tickling the ivories.
Juju Salon sits in the middle of 4th Street among Fabric Row, but once you pass through Julie Ebner’s doors, the loud car stereos, greasy French fries and $5 martinis become just a memory and it’s all about you and making you not only feel good but look good too.
Juju is one of the only salons in Philadelphia that uses all natural materials and products specializing in organic hair care. Ebner will preach, but her pulpit speeches given behind the stylist chair are worth repeating: “You paint your house, you polish your nails. You dye Easter eggs, you color your hair. You scrub your garage floor with ammonia, why would you put that on your head?
““My clients don’t have to worry about where their hair care products come from, I do all the research and make sure they are as nature as possible,”” said Ebner, who was exposed to the benefits of an organic lifestyle through her practice of yoga, vegetarianiasm and affinity for Eastern philosophy. Her commitment to an all natural lifestyle deepened when she and her husband Craig, a musician and teacher, started a family five years ago that produced two daughters, Frannie and Lucie.
They reside in the Spring Garden section of the City .“I want to help others take the same approach by doing business with cruelty-free, charitable manufacturers who are responsible to our communities and our planet.”
At first, it was small changes like buying her girls organic grapes to snack on. She then cleared out all the cleaning solutions under her sink and opted to buy all natural cleaners. “Americans are the consumers, we have the buying power,”” she explained. “Why wouldn’t you want to buy something that doesn’t hurt the environment and makes a difference? I guarantee the price isn’t that much difference either. You do good, help the environment and your kitchen still gets clean!”Ebner carries products from Biolage, Simply Organic, Max Green Alchemy, Herb UK Color Line among others. She doesn’t do permanent waves or chemical straightening (sorry curly headed girls, take our word for it-keep the curls!).
What’s with the name?
Juju? Juju? Isn’t that a candy you get at the movies? Nope. The origin of juju comes from West Africa and it’s a medicinal holistic charm that heals from within.
The salon right away envelopes you in the vibe with only a return to sender when you are ready to leave. A long comfy couch against the front picture window that invites you to sit, have some tea from the House of Tea next door and go ahead, put your feet up on that antique looking table she scored from the Craig’s List website.
Most of the furniture in the salon is a Craig’s List find, or orphaned furniture that Ebner adopted and gave it a chic new home. See the mint green wire rack holding lotions? “It was on the curb on trash day,” Ebner quips. ““It’s mine now and look at the good job it’s doing.”
Photographs by Nancy No and art by Rachael Bliss of the Snyderman Gallery hang on the walls.
Look good, feel good
Ebner was a punk rocker in high school, she remembers the best ever hair cut she ever got was in Amsterdam and she knows that when someone in her chair exclaims after a hair cut, “I love the way you made me look!” to not take credit for it. “I didn’t make you look that way,’ she said. “It was always there.” She never tells her customers how they should look, she asks them what they want, what they feel.
Graduating magna cum laude from Temple University with a degree in religious studies and philosophy, Ebner found herself becoming a paralegal for the steady paycheck and benefits. But an unhappy paralegal was she. With a background in design, (the salon décor is all her) and a dream to always own her own salon she vowed to accomplish it.
Going to school at Aveda Concepts and Jean Madeline, Ebner worked her way up to a small book of steady clients and took the plunge to open her own shop this month.
Ebner goes to great lengths for not making her clients feel rushed or pressured. She serves them tea, plays a jukebox worthy rendition of jazz, blues and calming tunes to get them in a mood for feeling good and looking at their natural beauty.
“You have to admit, it’s a wonderful feeling getting your hair cut, it’s a metamorphosis you go through,” she said. “I wanted my salon to be an enjoyable experience for people, comfort and relaxation is key, walking into a salon should not be intimidating.”
Juju is at 716 S. 4th Street , 215-238-6080 or on the web at www.jujusalon.com