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Malissa Eckley is officially opening her new hair salon, Betty Green Organic Beauty, this week in the place that made the most sense for her, downtown Ypsilanti.

"I love the people, the atmosphere, and the sense of community," Eckley says. "It just made sense to be where I want to be."

Eckley has worked as a stylist for 13 years and spent years working and volunteering in Ypsilanti. So when the opportunity to open her own salon at 10 N Washington St. she jumped at it.

Eckley likes to say that Betty Green Organic Beauty is Ypsilanti's first natural and organic hair salon. It will feature organic color and products from Organic Colors Systems and Ypsilanti-based Original Moxie. These products are ammonia free and are not tested on animals.

Betty Green Organic Beauty will work with a business philosophy focused on sustainability. For instance it will use LED lights and reclaimed materials in its build-out. It will also recycle all of the material it uses, including the aluminum foil for hair coloring and only use certified organic products.
"It's better for your hair and the environment," Eckley says.

Betty Green Organic Beauty will host a grand opening at 6 p.m. Friday as part of the First Fridays Art Walk in downtown Ypsilanti. The party will feature a performance by Ann Arbor musician Annie Palmer.

Source: Malissa Eckley, owner of Betty Green Organic Beauty
Writer: Jon Zemke

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