The mission of Raw Hair by Melanie is to provide professional, healthy hair care services without the use of toxins, dangerous synthetics or harmful chemicals. We utilize products with the finest sustainable herbal components, plant extracts and natural vitamins. Raw Hair Organics is dedicated to providing the highest quality professional and pure organic hair care products that ensure the health and safety of both our customers and our environment.
Melanie Nickels, founder of Raw Hair Organics, realized the need for organic and natural hair products after her husband was diagnosed with late stage 3B cancer in 2004. While trying to find a way to survive, and ultimately battling 2 more occurences, he realized that chemical and environmental exposure probably was a factor leading to his illness. Thus, he and Melanie switched overnight to the natural, organic, and toxin-free lifestyle that they live today. It is also what led Melanie to open Raw Hair by Melanie Organic Salon, the first of it's kind in southwest Florida, in 2007.
In her quest for a chemical & toxin-free exvironment for her and her clients, Melanie experimented with "natural" and "organic" salon products from around the globe. Disappointed with either the quality of the products on the market, inconsistancy, or the lack of performance, she knew that the only way to get a truely 100% natural & organic line of hair products that performed like a traditional chemical-based line would be to create it herself.
And so, the journey began.
The process was difficult.
Many said it couldn't be done, that she was wasting her time.
The tears, frustrations, and failures were many.
But Melanie was determined to suceed, to set the bar of natural & organic hair care products higher than it had ever been before.
Melanie worked hand-in-hand with the chemists and formulators every step of the way. Every single formulation was developed at the distinct direction of Melanie with her years of experience as one of the few American Board of Certified Master Haircolorists, and as a master hairstylist.
Melanie, a true perfectionist, had her hands in literally every step of the process; from countless hours in the lab doing R&D, to picking the bottles, caps and pumps, designing every label, overseeing quality control during printing of the bottles, to hand packaging each and every order to ensure the perfection that she, and you, expect with every order of Raw Hair Organics salon quality hair products. Nothing is done in some huge factory overseas in a country who's name you can't even pronounce. Everything is done here, by hand, in the USA.
All Raw Hair Organics are the purest natural & organic products available, and they perform equally or better than traditional ones.
Melanie Nickels, a stylist and business owner since the mid-1990's, has been featured on Fox News and in numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Melanie has been trained internationally, was part of Intercoiffure, was a Broadway show stylist, and involved in many photo shoots. Melanie is certified by DevaCurl, and educated in the Curlisto and Ouidad methods of curly hair cutting and styling. Needless to say, she is a very well trained and professional stylist, colorist, and curly hair specialist.
Melanie is also one of the top color correction specialists, and is internationally known as one of the top hands-on organic color experts anywhere. Melanie is consistantly requested to speak and teach about organic haircoloring at the biggest haircoloring shows in North America.
Melanie has a large and diverse clientel, from all walks of life and from literally all over the world. From the terminally ill, to the expectant mother looking for a healthy alternative for her and her baby, they all search out Melanie Nickels and the Raw Hair Organic Salon.
In her free time, Melanie donates her time and skills to several worthy organizations, such as The American Cancer Society and their Look Good Feel Better program for women undergoing cancer treatment. She is also an active supporter of The Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, which works to develop non-invasive cancer treatment that have no side effects. Melanie also created a non-toxic, natural & organic line for men called Rod'z Grooming For Men. 10% of the profits from Rod'z goes directly to research and testing for MALE-specific health issues such as prostate, testicular, and colorectal cancer. Melanie plans to launch a charitable foundation later in 2014 that will offer FREE men's health screenings at sporting events, etc. She also donates her time to the American Board of Certified Haircolorists as an examiner for the hair coloring certification exam. At least 10% of all profit from Raw Hair Organics is donated to charities and non-profit organizatons nation-wide as well as world-wide.