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Fresh Organic Salon Offers Safe Beauty Options in Brewster, NY

Maureen Toohey

With rising concerns about toxic chemicals in hair color, cosmetics, and personal- and skin-care products, finding a safe salon can be confusing. “Beauty shouldn’t be hazardous to your health,” says Maureen Toohey, owner of Fresh Organic Salon in Brewster, NY, which specializes in using gentle, healthier products that also produce superior results.

Organic Salon Systems has recognized Fresh Organic Salon as a “certified organic concept salon,” validating Toohey as a certified colorist—among the top 1 percent of colorists in the country. “Clients should always expect exceptional service and color,” says Rebecca Gregory, technical director of Organic Salon Systems. “As a regional educator, Maureen ensures that her staff has all the knowledge and skill to exceed clients’ expectations.”

Owning the salon has been “an extraordinary experience,” Toohey says. “I am really making a difference in people’s lives, connecting with like-minded people and those seeking help, which gives me the ability to connect people with each other.” She says several of her salon’s specialty product lines allow her to help people with specific health and beauty concerns. Prenatal and pregnant women can safely color their hair, for example, and Soothe Plus products can be used on chemo patients to gently cleanse tender scalps, promote healthier hair growth, and help thinning hair grow back. “Something I am really excited about is the American Cancer Association called and wants me to be part of their programs,” she says. “I am very grateful to be part of this journey to finding the perfect balance between beauty and wellness.”

Fresh Organic Salon is located at 2505 Carmel Ave., Brewster, NY. For more info, visit or