The Sowelu Sisterhood is about introducing you to some inspiring ladies in the health, fitness and wellness industry.
This week we have Lisa Nguyen in the hot seat.
Lisa is a breath of fresh air and a real innovator in the health and wellness space. She's taken hair care to a whole new level and made it something that no longer needs to be a toxic experience.
After many years of suffering painful chemical irritations and dermatitis on my hands as a hairdresser, I realised there was a huge problem in the industry. Why should I continue to use products that contained ingredients that were toxic and harm both customer and hairstylist? I decided I had had enough of the toxins and chemicals in the products I used for my work and wanted to eliminate as many chemicals as I could. Simultaneously I fell in love with yoga. I have embraced a healthy lifestyle that is truly holistic and reflect on what's important in life.
What one health, diet or fitness rule do you live by?
Being healthy to me means living my best life in the way that works for me. I make self care a priority. Life is busy but I will always make time to find balance in my health emotionally, mentally and physically.
What is the biggest health and wellness industry misconception that you are constantly myth busting?
I'm really passionate about getting the word out there that there are alternatives to the chemicals and toxins used to achieve the look or style someone is after - and we don't have to make sacrifices on the health of our hair, bodies; the health of the people who work with these products everyday; and of course, the environment.
Are there any drawbacks to being an eco-ethical salon?
There is the education piece - sharing what we know and getting the word out there that there are alternatives to the chemical and toxin heavy products used in salons now. There can only be good things by introducing this type of salon experience to South Australians and the hair and health community.
How do you contribute to the health and wellness of those around you?
I believe it is also time to acknowledge hair care is much more than just a haircut. It is many things to many people: a reward, an escape, a gift, or a way to exercise mindfulness, build confidence, and appreciate yourself. When designing our studio, I knew I wanted to create a warm environment that was built on a foundation of harmony, comfort and good people - much like a home. Our studio is a place where everyone can feel accepted, beautiful and free to be their authentic selves. I hope you agree, it’s about time there was a salon dedicated to offering natural, non-toxic, cruelty-free hair products and services.
Do you routinely supplement? Why and what?
Each morning when I get to work I start my day with super greens powder, it helps my body get the nutrients it needs. I was suffering and feeling run down and ever since I started to take this supplement (I love Happyway Supergreens
) I haven’t gotten sick. I also take B12, which helps with mental clarity and memory recall.