Connecting beauty, environment and well-being.
Our mission at AVEDA is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At AVEDA, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.
- We believe in treating ourselves, each other, and the planet with care and respect.
- We believe social responsibility is our responsibility.
- We believe ecological and profit goals are mutually achievable.
- We believe our authenticity and experience are our points of difference.
- We believe in inspiring and educating people to integrate wellness and beauty in their lives.
- We believe in the power of oneness: from our global image to a focused network.
- We believe learning never ends.
- We believe in encouraging innovation and empowered decision-making.
- We believe our actions, products and services should always embody excellence.
- We believe true leadership is delivered with passion and by example.
5,000 years of results our earliest roots lie in Ayurveda, the Indian healing tradition based on the knowledge of life and the interconnectedness of all things. It has proven, over 5,000 years, that treating the whole person leads to greater balance and well-being, so we consider the effects of our products not only on hair or skin, but on body, mind and emotion.
Our relationship with Ayurveda began in 1978, thanks to two renowned Ayurvedic physicians and scholars, Drs. Vinod and Kusum Upadhyay. Globally sought for their expertise in Ayurvedic medicine, pharmacology, botanical research and aromatherapy, they brought 1,000s of years of Vedic and Ayurvedic tradition to bear on AVEDA’s work. Their guidance first helped us identify botanical actives for our products, allowed us to pioneer “functional aromas” (with our Chakra™ Balancing Blends), and helped us launch innovative, powerful plant derived formulas such as Outer Peace™ Acne Relief skin care.
Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of healing that strives to create balance in body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda means “the science of life” and it has been central to AVEDA since the very beginning, when we partnered with the Ayurvedic Doctors Vinod and Kusum Upadhyay*.
*Maharshi Bhardwaj Clinic and Research Centre in Haridwar, India.
In keeping with Ayurvedic principles—and because of our concern for the Earth—AVEDA is committed to using organic ingredients. This has led to another Ayurvedic partnership—between AVEDA and the Indian firm, Nisarga.
Nisarga—which means “nature” in Sanskrit—grows Ayurvedic herbs with organic agriculture. We have partnered with them to obtain organic turmeric and amla for use in some of our products.
Nisarga employs an environmentally friendly extraction method using CO2, which leaves no toxic residues and works at a lower temperature—yielding highly potent extracts.
Because of the company’s concern about the dangers of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, Nisarga works to encourage farmers to convert to organic agriculture. They have held regular educational seminars for about 35,000 farmers over the years, convincing many to go organic. Nisarga pays the organic certification costs for the farmers they partner with and also provides educational support to help make the conversion successful.
We believe there is no responsible alternative to doing business other than through the pursuit of environmental sustainability and this belief guides every decision we make. We find inspiration for doing so in nature and believe that nature is not merely something to be cherished and protected, but also should be emulated as a model of sustainability. We also believe that profit and environmental responsibility will increasingly work together as more industries find out that “nature works” for both sustainability and the bottom-line.
What Customers Are Saying
I love this salon. Everyone is friendly and the vibe is laid-back cool. Bree is amazing. Her color skills are excellent and she cuts my naturally curly hair to perfection. I highly recommend that you give Dark Horse a try.
- Jennifer L.
The salon is attractive and professional looking. The staff is friendly. I got right in for my massage appointment and walked out feeling like a new person. This is something I look forward to on a regular basis., and I can't recommend it highly enough.
- Jill S.
Paula did a great job on my haircut and brow wax! Personable, fun, and went out of her way to make me happy. I've been going to this salon for years and have never left unhappy!
- Janea S.
I always enjoy my visits to the Dark Horse. Great service, great products.
- Vicki W.
Excellent service! Charlie not only delivered on the cut, she made me feel like a VIP.
- John F.
Lindsay is great, I have gotten more compliments about my hair since I started coming to her.