Vanderbilt salon is clean and green

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It’s finally time to clean up the dirty business of looking beautiful.

That’s the goal of Wink, a new “green” salon on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights, which opened on Tuesday, the brainchild of owner Tani Chambers, who said her main goal was to live a more eco-conscious life.

“I became conscious of what I ate and used in my home,” said Chambers. “That’s when I found out about the toxicity of beauty products, and had to start going green.”

And it’s more than just guilt-free facials and manicures and non-toxic soaps. Chambers also installed furniture made from salvaged wood, used energy-saving lightbulbs, and even uses biodegradable slippers and toe-separators.

“I couldn’t offer eyelash extensions because they had formaldehyde and could not be made naturally,” said Chambers. “But we do have non-toxic nail polishes.”

Wink [602 Vanderbilt Ave., between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 230-3443]. Open: Wednesday–Friday, 11 am–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–7 pm; and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm.

Updated 3:56 pm, April 9, 2009
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