Name: Leena Al Abbas
Name of business: The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge
What's do you do?
We are the region's FIRST eco-friendly organic salon for ladies, launched in 2009. We're committed to providing our customers with safe toxic-free treatments and increasing awareness amongst women about the dangers of using harsh chemicals.
How did you get started?
Being a passionate supporter of 'green' living and adopting a vegan lifestyle, I wasn't happy with the products and services used in most salons, which contain too many harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients and which are often tested on animals. My skin reacted badly to most of the products used on me. Since no other salon offered organic toxic-free products and treatments, I decided to create The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge!
Who and what inspire you?
Green and ethical businesses run by passionate and motivated people, who strive to make the world a better place, by making a difference.
What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?
Being 100% committed to doing something you are passionate about, and having the flexibility to make bold fearless decisions, whilst still maintaining your sense of humour and sanity!
How do you split your time?
I don't have a set routine, but I love starting my day early. I work a lot from home, but also like to be at the salon to meet and chat with my clients. I also love spending quality time with my husband and doggie!
What is your workspace like?
The salon is very cosy and relaxing, with eco-friendly interiors, natural colours, soothing music and infused with aromas of essential oils. My home office on the other hand, can be zen one day and chaotic the next!
What three items can't you live without?
My iphone, my to-do-list, and green tea!
Which UAE companies do you admire?
I respect all UAE companies that were small startups and became successful by expanding locally, and even franchising their concepts regionally and internationally, whilst still maintaining their brand identity and service quality.
Why is supporting small businesses so important to you?
Small businesses are a breath of fresh air for any economy, as you know that behind it, there is lots of drive, passion, very hard work and a huge vision. Unfortunately, in a market full of international big names and brands, the UAE still treats small businesses as if they were big companies. More support is definitely needed for us to thrive and survive.
How can the community get involved in your business?
Spreading the word about us and telling your friends, especially pregnant ones about the dangers of using harsh and dangerous chemicals on themselves. Ask them to give our toxic-free and organic products and treatments a try! Checkout our website: www.organicglowuae.com