The Raw Organics Mission

The Mission of Raw Hair Organics is to provide healthy, professional hair care products AND services without the use of toxins, dangerous synthetics, or harmful chemicals. We utilize the finest in sustainable ingredients, components, plant extracts, and natural vitamins.

Raw Hair Organics is dedicated to providing salon-professional quality hair and skin care products utilizing natural and organic ingredients whenever possible, while continuing to push that envelop further every day, to ensure the health and safety of both our customers and our environment. Our goal is to always set the standard, not to follow the lead of others

Our Story Starts Here

Melanie Nickels, Co Founder of Raw Hair Organics, realized the need for organic and 100% natural hair care products after her husband and Co Founder, Ken, was diagnosed with late Stage 3B cancer in 2004, after spending almost 2 decades in the industrial chemical distribution business. While trying to find a way to survive this death sentence, and ultimately battling 2 more occurrences, Ken realized that his daily chemical and environmental exposure probably was a factor leading to his illness. Thus, he and Melanie switched literally overnight to the natural, organic, and toxin-free lifestyle that they live today. During his research, Ken found that the toxic chemicals from his job that probably contributed to his cancer were also in ALL of the hair products that Melanie was using on her clients at the salon every day!  That revelation is  what led Melanie to open the Raw Hair Organic Salon, the very first of it's kind in Florida, and one of the very first in the United States as well.

In her quest for a chemical & toxin-free environment for her and her clients, Melanie experimented with "Natural" and "Organic" products from all over the world, yet was disappointed in either their performance or in their ingredient make up. It always came down to a choice: You either got salon-quality performance with a myriad of toxic ingredients mixed in with the natural & organic ones, or you got really good high quality products with natural ingredients and they didn't perform as expected and clients wouldn't buy them. There was clearly a gap in the market...and that gap was HUGE, yet the demand was clearly there, as the Raw Hair Organic Salon was almost immediately booked solid for months, being open 12 hours a day up to 6 days a week.

Clearly frustrated, Melanie decided that the only answer would be to create the line herself, a line free of potentially toxic cancer causing ingredients that performed just as good or better than the other big-name salon-quality brands.

 

3 1/2 years later, and countless hours of lab work and testing, The Raw Hair Organics line was perfected, followed shortly by the Raw Curls, Rodz Grooming For Men, and Raw Paws product lines. What the industry "Greats" mocked and said couldn't be done, was, indeed, a reality.

The idea had been gestating in beauty circles for probably two decades, but it was Melanie Nickels who finally, truly, made it a reality in the beauty industry: Natural & Organic Salon-professional quality products that truly PERFORM without compromise, and without chemicals.

In her quest for a chemical & toxin-free environment 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 truly 100% natural & organic hair products that performed like a traditional chemical-based line would be to create it herself.

2004 - WHERE OUR STORY BEGAN
2007

Raw Hair Salon Opens for Business

Raw Hair  Organic Salon opens, the first of it's kind in Florida, in early 2007. Melanie has a large and diverse clientele, from all walks of life and from 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 Raw Hair Organic Salon for a healthier alternative.salon 2

2008

The Journey for Superior Organic Hair Care Begins

The process was difficult. Many industry experts said it couldn't be done, that she was wasting her time. 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 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 an internationally-trained master hairstylist.

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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.

 

2011

Raw Hair Organics Goes Live!

Melanie Nickels, once part of a Intercoiffure salon as well as a seasoned Broadway show stylist, quickly becomes critically acclaimed in the beauty industry for creating the Raw Hair Organics family of products.

"You have to look for opportunities when going through something difficult. They are always there." Melanie Nickels, Raw Hair Organics co-founder, says. "I was able to make something really good out of a situation that was really bad."

2012

Raw Hair Organics In The News!

Raw Hair Organics makes a splash! - Ken & Melanie and their company have been featured on Fox News, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles, such as Modern Salon, Texture!, MAN, Beauty Launchpad, Estectica Magazine, US Magazine, OK! Magazine, People Magazine, Beauty Industry Report, Global Cosmetics Industry Magazine, Ebella, Naples Illustrated, Gulf Coast Living,  Natural Awakenings Magazine, Beauty Store Business, and many others.

2013

Raw Hair Organics Expands

In 2013, Raw Hair Organics announced the launch of  two ground-breaking product lines: Rodz Grooming for Men and Raw Curls! With the expansion of their trademark formulations, now Men as well as "Curly Girls" around the world have access to truly natural & organic products for their unique needs like never before. Distribution now moves to a new, 5,000 square foot modern warehouse in Cape Coral, Florida, in addition to the Raw Hair Organic Salon in Naples.

Raw Hair Organics is set to expand into the Organic Baby and Organic Pet Care markets.

2014

The Raw Curls Academy Opens!

Due to overwhelming requests, Melanie offers to train licensed stylists in her trademark Curly Hair Cutting techniques on a very limited basis at her salon and at major industry trade shows as well.

2015

Raw Hair Organic Salon Expansion!

In 2015, due to higher than expected client demand, a beautiful, brand new, modern salon is built on the north side of Naples, Florida. The hope is that the new, larger space will allow the salon to fulfill the demand created for not only organic & non-toxic services, but also for the specialized curly cutting and styling generated from the Raw Curls launch and the new Raw Curls Academy.

2016

Raw Hair Organics Expands Again

In 2015, due to higher than expected client demand, a beautiful, brand new, modern salon is built on the north side of Naples, Florida. The hope is that the new, larger space will allow the salon to fulfill the demand created for not only organic & non-toxic services, but also for the specialized curly cutting and styling generated from the Raw Curls launch and the new Raw Curls Academy.

2016

The Raw Paws pet products line is launched!

After a year of research & development, the 100% natural / organic pet shampoo & conditioner line is available online and through groomers throughout the United States. The line consists of a Shampoo, Conditioner, and an amazing detangling spray.

PRESENT

Raw Hair Organics Today

Melanie is often noted as one of the top color correction specialists anywhere in the country, 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 consistently 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 Ken & Melanie also founded The Melanie A. Nickels Nutz & Boltz Foundation, a 501 C3 non-profit charitable foundation, focused on bringing quick, free mobile men's health and cancer screenings to not only under-served areas, but to events that men of all ages would attend, such as State Fairs, motorsports events, football games, car & motorcycle shows, and the like.  Ken & Melanie, as well as their corporate interests, donate at least 10% of their profits to charities and non-profit organizations throughout the world on a yearly basis.

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