The Andover Townsman
---- — A visit to the salon turned into a chance to promote clean water efforts Monday as Indra Salon in downtown Andover held its first Earth Day fundraiser.
Eight stylists including Indra co-owners April Graffeo and Jose Batistine donated their time, service fees and gratuities to the cause to benefit the Aveda Clean Water Project. The front desk coordinators also pitched in, donating their time as well.
It was the first time Indra took part in the Earth Day celebration, which required them to open the salon on a day it normally is closed for services.
As an incentive to clients, the salon offered special pricing on haircuts, charging $35 for all cuts, which normally range from $45 to $130 at Indra.
About 35 guests took advantage of the offer, including three generations of a local family. Edna Thomas of Andover, her daughter, Anita Koolen; and her granddaughter, Samantha Koolen, all had their hair done by Batistine.
During the four-hour event, clients enjoyed cucumber-, black raspberry- and lemon-infused water and healthy snack choices of carrots, celery and cucumbers.
A raffle was also held for a blow dry and conditioning treatment from lead senior stylist Jessica Haynes and a make-up application with lead stylist Monica Tufts. Proceeds from the raffle also benefitted the clean water charity.
Graffeo and Tufts initially proposed joining salons across the country in participating in the event. But Jayne Dunham of the salon said the staff immediately embraced it.
“Once they brought it up, everyone was on board,” Dunham said.