April 2014

Steve Sleeper

Snips and Clips Around the Northwest | by Sinnamon Harris


Hands of Favor Lends a Helping Hand

Sharing their considerable skills of hairstyling and barbering with those disadvantaged in the community brings great pleasure to the Hands of Favor non-profit group. Dereck Thompson, Executive Director, along with his wife Regina Thompson, Assistant Director, partner with other non-profit charitable organizations to help bring a sense of normalcy to those less fortunate. Members of the Hands of Favor are: Melissa Preston, Pam North, Victoria, Fabiola Cretarolo, Sheila Thrower, Tiana Thrower and Nancy Franco.

"We use free haircuts and grooming to those disadvantaged within communities as a way to restore dignity and self-esteem to the less fortunate," said Derek Thompson.

Their first official event, "Dress for Freedom" was held March 8, 2014, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Portland. Hands of Favor partnered with Compassion Connect, along with Adorned by Grace, for an exciting day of hairstyling, applying make-up, and of course trying on new dresses for girls in foster care within the community. Thompson reported that there were approximately 80 girls and 84 volunteers for the event. Many of the stylist were new to the experience and found it to be a great success, a fantastic time and an excellent experience for both the participants and the volunteers alike.

"Many of the girls expressed the thrill of getting their first professional haircut and make up application," reflected Thompson, "I find that to be so amazing!"

Thompson expressed his appreciation and thanks to Adorned for Grace and Dress for Freedom for pulling the event together as well as other volunteers from the beauty profession. Nancy Franco representing Lancôme, donated make-up items for gift bags and applied make-up; and Lucinda Rydell, Independent Sales Director with her team from Mary Kay also helped apply make-up. Roseanne E. Zales of Roseanne's Salon donated hair products for the stylists' use and her employees contributed funds to buy combs and brushes for the gift bags. Maggie Armantrout was on board as a stylist. There were also three other volunteers with Hands of Favor who worked the event as hostesses and greeters: Sheila Thrower, Tiana Thrower and Regina Thompson.

Thompson asked to send out a plea for more volunteers from the professional stylist community. The next event is Compassion PDX Clinic on May 17th at Portland's Wilson High School located at 1151 SW Vermont. This event is a Community Service and Health Fair and they are expecting around 300 participants. For more information www.facebook.com/HANDSofFAVOR

Magnum Opus: Best in Oregon

Magnum Opus, 1415 NW Savier St., Portland, was recently recognized by Oregon Business Magazine as one of the 100 best companies to work for in Oregon, placing Fourth for 2014. Les Madden opened Magnum Opus 40 years ago, and has since seen the salon grow from its original four chairs, to today's space with a team of 46. Les and Mary Madden attribute the salons success to its focus on committed teamwork.

"This was our second attempt to be recognized as not only a leader in our industry but also a leader in the business community," said Joe Hunter, General Manager of Magnum Opus. "With your support we will continue to set a standard of best business practices for how we treat our customers as well as our employees. Thank you for your support along the way for we couldn't achieve this without the support of our customers, our business partners and our community."

For more information visit www.magnumo.com.


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 featured in an upcoming issue, please send an email to lisa@stylistnewspapers.com