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Tara Duncan

Esthetics- Conestoga College Waterloo, ON

BA-Laurentian University Sudbury, ON


About Me

It is my belief that beauty and wellness should be one and the same. We need not traumatize our bodies with unnecessary and unsafe chemicals. There are alternatives.

It isn’t easy being green…or is it?

Honestly, when I first decided to open a salon I despaired of ever finding professional products that were even remotely non-toxic. I am a voracious label reader. I asked at a local beauty supply store if they carried any products that weren’t filled with parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, artificial fragrances etc. The saleswoman looked at me like I had 2 heads and then said “you know what industry you’re in, right??” I mean seriously, with all the talk lately about healthy, “green” choices, could the beauty trade be so far behind? To me that seemed incongruous. Fortunately I’ve never been able to accept “no” for an answer and so the research began.

I lead a relatively green life myself. I reduce, reuse and recycle. I try to buy locally. I avoid artificial fragrances. I buy recycled paper products. I use unscented non-petroleum based laundry soap and non-chlorine based bleach for all of my salon linens. I carry a reusable cloth shopping bag in my purse. I do most of my routine household cleaning using white vinegar and baking soda.

That said, it should be noted that I adhere to strict sanitation practices in my salon. I use Preempt products, which are hospital grade disinfecting/sterilizing solutions made from hydrogen peroxide. When hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic materials, it quickly breaks down into oxygen and water making it the ideal environmentally friendly protection against disease-causing microorganisms.  I am inspected twice a year by the Sudbury Health Unit and always pass with flying colours.  I have all inspection reports on hand and am happy to show anyone who wants to see them.

So, yes, it IS easy being green…you just have to do a little research and remember that even small changes can have a positive effect.

What does "Nebuka" mean?

It is actually a combination of 2 ancient Egyptian words, “nebu” meaning gold and “ka” meaning life force. Sugaring has its roots in ancient Egypt and I wanted my salon name to reflect that. It was believed then that the skin of the gods were golden. The name “Nebuka” therefore speaks to both inner and outer beauty.

Continuing education

I attend trade shows and classes yearly to enhance my skills and keep up to date on the latest trends and products.

Tara Duncan, owner, Nebuka Esthetics
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