One thing about being a pregnant lady is that people have lots of opinions on my body. I’ve noticed that if I wait in the Honey Farms checkout line long enough, strangers will take it upon themselves to tell me what I should be putting in my body and on my body.
Here’s where I stand. Unless your name is Justin Randall Timberlake, I don’t need you to tell me how to rock my body and I especially don’t need you to touch my body without permission. Please let me buy my cheddar cheese Combos and eat them in peace.
I’ve taken certain prenatal restrictions more seriously than others. For example, occasional morsels of unpasteurized cheese have passed through my lips over the last eight months. “Just pretend I’m a French woman,” I instruct any concerned parties in my presence. Nevertheless, I abstain from raw fish, alcohol, cold cuts, and balance beams. I have even put off going to the salon since I found out I was pregnant.
With a handful of formal events approaching and the equivalent of a three-pound cabbage swimming just below the surface of my naval, I am in dire need of some glam. One of my friends recommended I try an organic salon called Sage & Grace to keep my baby and me healthy and free from chemicals.
Sage & Grace opened at 218 Shrewsbury St. about six weeks ago, but owner Brittany Danna McGlone has been in business for nearly a decade. The new space embodies her vegan values, flush with botanical murals on the walls and plenty of nourishing sunlight. Sage & Grace only works with products free from sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance and sodium chloride.
On my first visit, stylist Kelsey Bailey applied a partial foil to brighten up my highlights while McGlone worked with a 5-year-old client across the way, dying her little locks vibrant shades of green — fitting, given her environmentally-conscious business model.
“We have a lot of adorable kids come in here,” Bailey told me. “Parents appreciate our high standards when it comes to avoiding toxic chemicals and carcinogens.”
Bailey explained that my color might take a bit longer to process than I was used to. She brought me a steaming cup of peach tea while I waited with a good book. I was in and out of her chair for wash, cut, and color in under three hours — quick, by my standards. I loved the depth of her workmanship and the bright natural tones she had summoned on my scalp. “Our organic products offer me more control,” she said, adding, “I’ve become a real student of the color wheel.”
When I got the bill, I was surprised by Bailey’s very reasonable “junior stylist” rates, given the high-quality services I had just received. I decided to treat myself to bottles of the plant-based Neuma shampoo and conditioner she had recommended. It felt wonderful to do something nice for myself, free of judgment.
Despite Sage & Grace’s strong ethos, no one tried to push a vegan lifestyle on me or tell me what was best for my pregnancy. They simply made me feel well cared for. Nothing rocks my body like that kind of respect.
Sage & Grace is open Tuesday through Saturday for hair, nails, and makeup. Call to make an appointment at (508) 752-1727.