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, co-founder of Raw Hair Organics, realized the need for organic and 100% natural hair products after her husband, Ken, was diagnosed with late stage 3B cancer in 2004 at the young age of 39. While searching the world to find a way to survive, and ultimately battling 2 more occurences, Ken realized that chemical and environmental exposure probably was a factor leading to his illness, as well as an exceptionally high level of stress from his career as a serial entrepreneur. Thus, he and Melanie switched overnight to the natural, organic, and toxin-free "clean" lifestyle they live today. It is also what led them to open Raw Hair Organic Salon, the first of it's kind in South Florida and one of the first in the country, in 2007.
In her quest for a chemical & toxin-free exvironment for her and her clients, Melanie experimented with "natural" and "organic" salon hair 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 truely 100% natural & organic hair products that performed like a traditional chemical-based line would be to create it herself.
And so, the journey for superior organic hair care began.
The process was difficult. Many well-known industry experts said it couldn't be done, that she was wasting her time. They laughed at her and even publically humilated her at a large industry summit in front of 700 of her peers. The tears, frustrations, and failures were many. But Melanie was determined to succeed, to set the bar of natural & organic hair care products higher than it had ever been before. Melanie worked hand-in-hand with only the best chemists and formulators from across the world 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 products are the purest natural & organic hair products available, and yet they perform equally or better than traditional ones.
Melanie Nickels, a stylist, business owner, and entrepreneur since the mid-1990's, has been featured on Fox News and in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, such as Modern Salon, Texture!, Beauty Launchpad, Estectica Magazine, US Magazine, OK! Magazine, People Magazine, Beauty Industry Report, Global Costmetics Industry Magazine, Ebella, Naples Illustrated, Gulf Coast Living, Natural Awakenings Magazine, and many many others. Melanie has been trained internationally, personally mentored by International Champion Hairdresser Malcolm Brown, was part of Intercoiffure, a Broadway show stylist, and was involved in many photo shoots. Melanie is certified by DevaCurl, and educated in the Curlisto and Ouidad methods of curly hair cutting and styling. Melanie is the founder of the Raw Curls Academy, and creator of the Raw Curls Cutting System, teaching her specialized cutting and coloring system for naturally curly & wavy hair to stylists from across the globe at her new, expanded, Naples, Florida salon. As well as graduating top of her class at the prestigous Vici Capilli Aveda Institute, she holds college degrees in Accounting and Business Management.
Melanie is often noted as one of the top color correction specialists anywhere, and is internationally-known as one of the top hands-on non-ammonia / "organic" haircolor experts, with over 20,000 hands-on applications personally, most likely more than anyone else in the world to date. Melanie is consistantly requested to speak and teach about ammonia-free / organic haircoloring at the biggest haircoloring and beauty industry trade 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, to the Fortune 500 CEO, they all search out Melanie Nickels and the Raw Hair Organic Salon in Naples, Florida.
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 was an active supporter and champion of The Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, which works to develop non-invasive cancer treatment that have no side effects, and has now moved to clinical trials and thus disbanded. She is the Editor-In-Chief of The Hair Color Review.com website. Melanie also created a non-toxic, natural & organic hair products line for men called Rodz Grooming For Men. 10% of the profits from Rodz goes directly to research and testing for MALE-specific health issues such as prostate, testicular and colorectal cancer. Melanie launched a 501 C3 charitable foundation in 2014 called "The Melanie A. Nickels Nutz & Boltz Foundation, which offers FREE men's health screenings at sporting events, etc. for testicular cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, and colorectal cancer (all leading killers of men) At least 10% of all profits from Raw Hair Organics companies are donated to charities and non-profit organizatons nation-wide as well as world-wide.
The current list of brands within the Raw Hair Organics corporate umbrella are: Raw Hair Organics, Raw Hair Organic Salon, Raw Curls, Rodz Grooming For Men, Raw Paws, and The Raw Curls Academy.