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Hale Organic Salon
Courtesy of Carol Seitz

Some hair salons go organic simply to play into the hype, but for the new Tribeca salon Hale, it's more than a business strategy--it's a way of life.

In an effort to create the city's most eco-friendly hair-care destination, owner and stylist Joe Murray (who used to work at the now-shuttered John Masters salon) takes both his air quality and coiffing products awfully seriously.

Sprays are prohibited on the styling floor so that pure air can properly circulate. And while his approach generally precludes the need for heavy hair spray, should you require a bit of hold, expect to be shuffled into an adjacent room with proper ventilation.

Not surprisingly, Hale's products--currently exclusively from the organic John Masters line--are all ammonia-free, animal-friendly and devoid of any funky fragrances. Plus, if you're worried about a specific gel or defrizzer, the staff will gladly test you for allergies before administering.

We recently stopped by for a glaze (a less permanent, healthier alternative to dye) and blowout ($100) and were pleased to depart with shinier, healthier locks than we came in with. Aside from all the organic goodness, Murray's 30 years of styling experience really showed, particularly as he blew our curly hair iron-straight with absolutely zero product.

Hale Salon, 91 Franklin Ave. (at Church St.); 646-221-9115 or

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