August 2008

Salon Snips and Clips from Around the Northwest

— BEAU MONDE COLLEGE OF HAIR DESIGN recently added a new educational release by Pivot Point to their training program. Salon Success, A Learning Guide for Career Advancement, offers the student a real world look into building a client base and supporting their income with retails sales.

School owner, Dianna Peterson, recognizes the need for a comprehensive training program that would teach the students how to build their books and retail professional hair care products. “We teach our students to retail 25% of their service dollars and to promote all professional hair care products and most importantly – build a book,” states Peterson.

Salon owners are invited to a wine and cheese tasting to preview the “Salon Success Program” presented by Mr. Bob Laster, Director of Education on September 5, 2008 at Beau Monde College of Hair Design located at 1221 SW 12th Ave. in Portland. For more information call (503)226-1427.

— MAGNUM OPUS in Portland recently received top honors from Salon City Magazine. Selected as one of the “Hot 100 Salons” in the United States in the magazine’s April issue, Magnum Opus was number six of 100 salons based on the salon’s philosophy of extraordinary customer service, education and teamwork, plus the expertise and talent of the trained stylists working there.

Magnum Opus
Magnum Opus, Portland, Ore. is selected as one of the “Hot 100 Salons in the US by Salon City Magazine.

“It was a true honor to be recognized as one of the very best salons in the country,” notes Manager, Joe Hunter. “It helps in confirming owners Les and Mary Madden’s vision of creating one of the finest salons on the west coast.”

For more information contact Joe Hunter at (503) 228-1918 or visit

— GARY MANUEL SALON is Washington’s Best Hair Salon according to Elle, one of the country’s most influential fashion and beauty magazines. Elle featured Gary Manuel in its “The Best Hair in America 2008” article in the August issue, stating the salon is one of “the 52 salons that are shaping America’s look.”

“We are honored to be recognized by Elle magazine. It is a testament to our commitment to providing our clients with cutting edge styles and the most highly educated designers,” said Gary Howse co-founder of Gary Manuel. “We take pride in our work and our guests continue to inspire us to a higher level of creativity.”

Gary Manuel Salon is located in the heart of Downtown’s Belltown district at 2127 First Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 98121. Renowned for its education training programs and cutting edge designs, Gary Manuel Salon co-founders Gary Howse and Manuel Benevich were recognized internationally with the Salon Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 2004 Global Salon Business Awards. They are also the co-founders of the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, the first Aveda Institute on the west coast. For more information call (206) 728-1234.

— MONIQUE’S SALON IN SPOKANE, Washington recently became the newest Wigs for Kids salon affiliate. Salon affiliates are certified hair replacement centers located throughout the United States. These organizations receive extensive training, and learn how to help children with specific hair loss needs.

When children lose their hair, whether as a result of medical treatments, health conditions, or burn accidents, they don’t just suffer physically. The change in their appearance can drastically undermine their self-image and sabotage their self-esteem. To combat this additional trauma, Certified Cosmetic Therapist Jeffrey Paul founded Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit organization that has been serving children suffering from hair loss since 1980. For more information visit

Monique’s Salon is a full service salon that specializes in hair restoration. Additional information can be obtained by calling (509) 926-6429 or by visiting

— PORTLAND’S BELLE EPOQUE SALON recently hosted a podcast video class for area stylists. This event showed stylists how to use podcast technology to create personalized styling tools for their clients and powerful marketing tools for their salons. The class was produced in association with the Kevin Murphy line of premier hair care products and Kevin Murphy’s European Artistic Director Janelle Chaplin as she shared the best techniques for creating unforgettable personalized beauty podcasts.

For more information contact Dayna Cakebread, Owner of Belle Epoque Salon at (503) 421-9354.

— HAIRDRESSERS ON A MISSION organization, along with co-founder Mary Carskadon, have been traveling from Olympia, Washington to Vicente Guerrero, Baja Mexico to volunteer their services cutting hair, perming, coloring and training over 250 of the men, women and children who live there.

The non-profit organization needs to find professionals eager to give back to their communities—and humanity—so they can expand to meet the need there.

Consider Theresa. She had been an abused wife who mustered heroic courage to take herself and her daughter out of their bad situation and work toward self-sufficiency. With Hairdressers on a Mission’s help and training, she’s now a successful beauty instructor with 10 students.

“We also give back to our local community giving haircare to people who could never afford a good haircut. It is a delight making a difference to women in shelters and men in ReHabs and the homeless in our area,” notes Carskadon.

Hairdressers on a Mission has a qualified group traveling to Vincente Guerrero in November to counsel, train and find ways to support those who need it most. For more information, visit or call to Mary Carskadon at 360-438-4217.