Women-owned, locally created Natural Hair Care Line supports charities

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By: Jan Engoren Contributing Writer

The two best friends, business partners and Delray residents, Lauren Donald, 43 and Julie Peyton, 49, met almost 20 years ago at a Mommy & Me class in Boca Raton. They were both single parents raising sons and quickly bonded over coffee dates.

The two share a similar sensibility and a sense of humor and like any long-time couple, finish each other’s sentences.

“She was the only one talking,” jokes Donald, about their encounter.

In 2005, after training at Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and Bumble, Donald founded the Bond Street Salon in Pineapple Grove and 7 years later, with Peyton, developed their hair care treatment line, Under the Sun, in reaction to southern Florida’s coastal environment.

“After working with my clients here in South Florida, I came up with the ideas of how to protect my client’s hair from the elements,” says Donald.  “And, I bounced my ideas off Julie. She has a real ability to communicate with the consumer.”

The products were two years in development.

Donald worked with a lab she found in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and infused the products with natural botanical extracts and antioxidants. The shampoos and conditioners – with catchy names such as “Let’s Get Deep” conditioner and “Hey There Sexy” shampoo – are sulfate and sodium chloride free and designed to retain the hair’s natural oils, moisture, color and proteins.

Their products are sold at Purlife Fitness Center in Delray Beach and at the Seagate Hotel and Coco & Co. as well as at other shops along Atlantic Ave.

“Although we were inspired by coastal living, our products can be used everywhere,” Donald said. “There is heat, sun and humidity everywhere.”

She says like any other creation, what makes theirs unique is the quality of the ingredients.

Peyton, an educator, created the visual concepts and in addition to Under the Sun, dedicates much of her time to philanthropic causes including JAFCO, the Achievement Centers and as a mentor at the Village Academy for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program (WOT). She is also a member the Palm Beach County Leadership Council. Colleen Lockwood, VP of development for WOT has worked with Peyton on a number of campaigns for WOT, a mentorship program for at risk girls. Under the Sun is a presenting sponsor for the organization’s upcoming Wine Dinner at the St. Andrews Country Club in January and donates their hair care products for the silent auction.

“Julie is one of the most positive people I know,” Lockwood said. “And, she and Under the Sun are very generous with their support.”

An active participant of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Peyton recently returned from a mission trip to Rwanda, acknowledging the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, raising awareness and stimulating preventive efforts and international response in case of future genocides.

Among other things, she brought along the company’s shampoo and distributed it in a youth village where many orphaned children live.

She downplays their philanthropic efforts, saying, “While we’re making changes to their hair, we’re also making changes to their lives.”

Describing their commitment to philanthropy, she also jokes, “We’ve never needed for anything,” turning the typical phrase upside down. “Of course, we still want,” she admits.

In November, the two will participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 65 Roses Evening on the Ave. at Old School Square.

Lora Hazelwood, executive director, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Florida-Palm Beach chapter said, “We are grateful to Lauren and Julie for their support, not only as a sponsor of 65 Roses Evening on the Ave., but as committee members. Their energy and passion to help those with cystic fibrosis is evident in all they contribute. They are true community champions.”

Bond Street Salon is located at 25 N.E. 2nd Ave. Visit alwaysunderthesun.com or to find a store, or call 1.855.888.HAIR.