February 2013

Steve Sleeper

Snips and Clips Around the Northwest | by Sinnamon Harris


Northwest Salons Give Back

GREAT CLIPS believe in giving back to the community in which their stylists live. That is just what they did when the five franchises in Salem held a free haircut session for youngsters under 12 years old in coordination with the Salem Riverfront Carousel recently. Jim Wiles, West Salem franchise owner coordinated the event for Great Clips. The other franchise owners are Humayun Malik, Keizer and Devonshire locations and Jean Hamilton, South Salem and Evergreen. Stylists who donated their skills were Katie Pike, Dawn Brunson, Stephanie Pillegi, Lila Cline, David Wells, Melissa Fawk-Hammer, Pati Gunderson, Debbie Ybarra Andrea Edmonds, John Tipton, Siera Helser, Blane Jones, Candace Lawson and Vanessa Gammon.

VASUDA SALON owners, Jessica and Emmett Henley celebrated the grand opening of their new salon at 2201 4th Ave, Seattle (Belltown) by hosting "Calling All Curls" sponsored by Moroccanoil. The salon, along with Moroccanoil's education team, provided a bounty of goodies to patrons including gift bags, signature cocktails, free Moroccanoil scalp treatments, hydrating and restorative hair treatments, blow-out style, Youngblood makeup applications and a door prize worth $400. Vasuda Salon also held a raffle during the event for Her Best Self, a program of the National Black United Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit the salon sponsors. The program empowers girls by making a one year meaningful mentor match coupled with rite of passage activities. Donations to this organization help girls to emerge as leaders, learn through service and develop positive self-identity. For more information here's a link: www.herbestself.org

BEST SALON OF CENTRAL OREGON 2012 in the Source Weekly 'Best of Issue' was nabbed by Blue Star Salon located at 1001 NW Wall St, Ste 103, Bend, which opened in May of 2012. Salon owner and stylist Loni Van Duzer gives credit to stylists Megan DeWilde, Camille Perrine and Dona Upham for making it all happen.

HEY GORGEOUS SALON, located at 2901 N. Argonne Road Suite #2, Spokane, has had a very busy year according to owner Kirstin Franklin. Stylists Kirstin Franklin, Rachel Ferry, Alex Hearn, and Melissa Ferguson received the prestigious She by So Cap USA Hair Extensions certifications from the New York company. Nail Technician Emily Hankins held a successful fundraiser for a friend's fiancé who was in a tragic accident in December and was just coming out of his coma. Hankins donated her day off to do gel toes or nails with 100 percent of the proceeds going to his medical and personal bills. She was booked all day with a great turnout plus picked up some other donations as well.

And, to top all of that off, Hey Gorgeous Salon was voted Best Hair Salon 2012 by KREM 2, a local Spokane television station, competing with 100 salons. Coming up this year is the salon's participation in the Relay for Life Walk for the Cure in June with donations beginning in April. Kirstin Franklin said that her vision for life is "the more you give back to others in need the more blessed you will be in life. And we are very blessed each day."

Great Clips Give BackAS PART OF GREAT CLIPS' 30th birthday celebrations, the hair care giant gave away a 2012 Camaro to a 22-year-old single mom who says she needs the hot wheels to steer her life in a new direction. Karlie Bailey, from Boise, Idaho, won the car, worth about $50K, by entering Great Clips' "Great Camaro Giveaway" contest. Great Clips flew Bailey and two other contest finalists to the Great Clips 200 NASCAR Nationwide Race in Phoenix. Bailey and the two other finalists each had keys to the Camaro but only one "lucky key" actually started the car. It was a hair-raising experience for Bailey who has a debilitating thyroid condition that requires medical treatment. She will use the car to go to doctor appointments, work and college.

"When I put the keys in the ignition, I was shaking with excitement when the car started," Bailey said. "Now, every time we leave the house my son asks if we're going to take my NASCAR! I want to thank Great Clips for this amazing experience and for giving me something so positive in my life that has brought me and my son so much joy!"

"We are thrilled to give back to the customers who have made us the hair care leader we are today," said Rhoda Olsen, Great Clips CEO. "Thirty years ago we began our quest to change an industry; today we are the world's largest, most recognized and respected salon brand and that's all because of the wonderful and loyal customers, staff, salon owners, managers and stylists."

Sinnamon Harris is a freelance journalist who has written for Portland's former Our Town, LifeStyles Northwest and East County News. She also wrote NW Stylist's Oregon Board News articles from Oct 2011-2012. To be included in an upcoming issue, please email your details to editor@nwstylist.com.