March 2013

Steve Sleeper

Snips and Clips Around the Northwest | by Sinnamon Harris


Salon Raises Money for Rapunzel Project

Gene Juarez Academy, located at the Mountlake Terrace Campus in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art 15,000 square foot campus in January. They have been located in the Northgate area for the past 25 years and were the first academy opened by Gene Juarez Salons and Spas dedicated to training beauty professionals with the tools, techniques and business skills needed to succeed in the world of cosmetology.

Ashland Sneak Preview readership named Linda Hood of Abbinito; Julie Schmiess of Blue Giraffe; and Yoko Miura of Plaza Salon as their 2013 Favorite Hair Stylists. Blue Giraffe, located at 51 Water Street, with nail technicians Tara Chambers, Morgan Johnston, Rachel Martin and Carrie Delanty was named the 2013 Best Place to Get Manicures/Pedicures. They were followed closely by Abbinito and Plaza Salon.

Medford Sneak Preview readership chose Gervais Day Spa, located at 111 N Central Avenue in downtown Medford, as their favorite Spa/Salon and Jadie Smith-Thompson of Salon Static as the city's 2013 Favorite Hairstylist.

Meanwhile, Grants Pass readership, via Sneak Preview, had a three-way tie for 2012 Favorite Hairstylist naming Kathy Johnson at Roberta's Shear Pleasure; Amy Taradash at the Spa at Club Northwest; and Ashley Lawson at RockStar Hair Studio.

Be Cherished LLC, 393 East Main St, an Aveda concept salon, welcomes Ashland, Oregon's First Friday Art Walk on April 5 by celebrating the Art of Nature by combining the art of hair styling, haircolor, skincare, and massage with the power of pure plant science. The staff will be demonstrating the color and make-up palette with one-on-one personal consultations and interactive games designed to inspire and educate with plenty of opportunities to win gift certificates, gift baskets, and their famous "Bee Cards" worth $50 of services. Light refreshments, live music, and fun photo opportunities will be presented.

The Rapunzel Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping patients keep their hair during chemotherapy treatments. Cold cap therapy involves the use of special caps, frozen to a very cold temperature and worn before, during and after each chemotherapy treatment. The Rapunzel Project helps to raise funds to purchase bio-medical freezers for oncology clinics. A biomedical freezer keeps all caps ready at the correct temperature, continuously. The project's goal is to have one in every oncology clinic. The Main Stylin' Nook in Stanfield, Oregon, has the distinction of being the first salon in Oregon to raise money for the Rapunzel Project in partnership with Kenra Professional. Kenra Professional has adopted The Rapunzel Project as its company charity and donated $50,000 to support the organization's efforts to help cancer patients keep their hair during chemotherapy via a unique cold cap approach.

The Main Stylin' Nook raised $411 towards a new bio-medical freezer last March. Main Stylin' Nook participants for 2012 were: April Kowalski-Milbrodt, Tina Childers, Kashel Craft, Kelly Hirz, Becky Guiterrez, and Sherry Kowalski-Schlink.

This year The Main Stylin' Nook will hold The Rapunzel Project fundraiser March 18 through April 30. The salon also holds raffles for t-shirts, etc. The money collected is given to Kenra Professional to help purchase a bio-medical freezer for another oncology clinic. Participants this year are: April Kowalski-Milbrodt, Tina Childers, Megan Fischer, Ali Vandever, Amanda Harris, Becky Guiterrez, Sherry Kowalski-Schlink, Patrick Kenney and Kayla Sandlin.

"This year the salon has a quilt titled 'Good an' Plenty' which was lovingly made by Laurie Nelsen of Echo, Oregon," explained Sherry Kowalski-Schlink, Main Stylin' Nook Salon coordinator, "to raffle in honor of her sister who had just passed away from cancer. Plus Kenra generously supplies a year's worth of Volume Spray 25 along with Rapunzel Project materials."

"Kenra Professional supports The Rapunzel Project's goals to raise awareness of the existence and efficacy of cold caps for preserving hair during chemotherapy and to raise funds to purchase bio-medical freezers for oncology facilities," said Tim McMeekan, CEO of Kenra Professional.

"We are proud to donate $50,000 and committed to raising an additional $250,000 for The Rapunzel Project on behalf of the Kenra Professional company team, distributors, vendors, salons and consumers."

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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