October 2013

Steve Sleeper

Snips and Clips Around the Northwest | by Sinnamon Harris


Beauty News Around the Northwest

The Rave Salon, located at 1603 Summitview Ave in Yakima, volunteered to help out Gretchen Boutique's owner, Gretchen Gilday, pull-off an awesome cat-walk for the Junior League of Yakima's annual Fashion Front. This was Rave's first experience in revving up a fashion show by creating the model's hairstyles, makeup and nail art.

Co-owner Ryan Martinez said, "The salon was excited and pleased to be requested by Gilday to participate!"

Martinez and co-owner Chrissy Hartwell created the hairstyles while Ashley Veliz performed make-up magic and Nail Artist Carla Jean matched all the dancing feet of the models. An overall positive fun experience for the salon. Check out the salon's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ravesalonyakima .

Lisa Power Salon of Seattle recently hosted a one-day fundraising event for the Justice and Soul Foundation. The June 22 fundraiser generated over $3,000 for the non-profit organization and focused on reducing human trafficking while providing cosmetology training to survivors.

Lisa Power Salon team members donated all service and retail sales proceeds to the Justice and Soul Foundation during the event, while educating clients as to the important work of the organization.

"Each year the team at Lisa Power Salon hosts a fundraiser, and this year we felt compelled to partner with the Justice and Soul Foundation. Founder Matthew Fairfax owns a prominent salon in the Seattle area, and started the foundation with the focused goal of building awareness and working toward elimination of sexual exploitation of young women and children globally as well as the restoration of the survivors. This is accomplished by training survivors in the beauty industry so that they can build a sustainable career and help other survivors (see related article). This fundraiser was one way to support this important effort that has the power to positively affect so many," explained salon owner Lisa Power.

Justice and Soul Foundation co-founder Matthew Fairfax has recently moved to Cambodia to continue the efforts of the organization, including establishment of a school to teach the fundamentals of cosmetology as a means to develop financial independence for the students. The organization will employ qualified therapists to address the trauma experienced by the victims, while assisting survivors with necessary transitions.

For more information about the Justice and Soul Foundation visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/JusticeAndSoul .

Belu Salon, a Paul Mitchell Focus salon, is turning heads in downtown Yakima with its stylish décor and trendsetting styles. Kristeen Wade, hair stylist, and her husband, Jim Wade, who manages the salon, have managed great strides in growing their business. Along with offering VersaSpa (a fully automated sunless tanning booth) the salon offers pedicures, manicures, eyelash extensions, full body waxing, threading and massage services. They have been able to increase their staff from a simple five in 2008 to 23 today. There are plans in the works on opening up the shop's upper level next year to provide various services for men along with additional spa services such as facials.

Belu Salon is always looking for stylists with a creative edge. They train them according to that vision and strive to provide constant training throughout the year to continue their knowledge and experience.

"Many influential Paul Mitchell stylists have mentored me and I strive to continue that level of training with my stylists," remarked Kristeen. "One of the ways we do that is to attend the Paul Mitchell Gathering that is held once a year in Las Vegas. It's a week of training and education that all the stylists can participate in to strengthen their expertise. I strongly believe in continuing education."

Featured in the local Yakima Valley Business Times periodical, Belu Salon was recently voted the "Best of Yakima" for Salon, Spa, Tanning and Massage services for the second year in a row.

Next up for Belu Salon? How about a fabulous hair show! The salon is holding their 3rd show on Friday, October 18, 2013. This time it will be held at The Capital Theatre on Fourth Street in downtown Yakima. "The venue", stated Kristeen, "is perfect for showcasing Belu Salon's stylists' work and creativity."

The show will feature ten-minute segments of a two-stylist team with each team showcasing different elements of cutting, hairstyles and tools. It will be a lively show with theatrics and dancing involved. All the proceeds will go to benefit the Capital Theatre and their Capital Kids Program. For more information please see belusalon.com.

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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 editor@nwstylist.com.