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All Cuts + Colors seen above by MANDY ZELINKA // HAIRSTYLIST // THE ZELINKA AGENCY

PORTLAND LOCATION: BLISS SALON 3377 SE Division 97202 98122
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Years as a hairstylist: 18
Mandy Zelinka is the former First Lady of Milwaukie, Oregon and former Digital Marketing Manager for KEVIN.MURPHY International.She also owned 77, one of the largest award-winning salons in Portland, Oregon.

A NATIVE OF CLOSE-IN PORTLAND, MS. ZELINKA GRADUATED FROM NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED MT. HOOD SCHOOL OF HAIR DESIGN. MS. ZELINKA IMMEDIATELY WENT TO APPRENTICE WITH RENOWNED COLORIST, AND North american hairstyling AWARD WINNER DEANNALYNN TEAL, STUDYING THE INTENSE THEORY OF HAIR COLOR.UNDER HER WATCHFUL EYE MS. ZELINKA WAS ABLE TO LEARN A MULTITUDE OF COLORING TECHNIQUES, MANY OF WHICH SHE STILL USES TODAY.

HER CUTTING TRAINING LIES IN HAVING BEEN A RUSK DESIGNER, STUDYING UNDER NATIONAL ARTIST TATJANNA CZYPIONKA. MS. ZELINKA HAS FOUND RUSK TECHNIQUES TO BE INCREDIBLY ADAPTABLE TO ALL RANGES OF CLIENTS, PROVIDING A HAIRCUT THAT GROWS OUT EXTRAORDINARILY, FAR SURPASSING ANY OTHER TECHNIQUE.RUSK ALSO ALLOWED FOR TRAVEL WORKING BACKSTAGE AT HAIR SHOWS, FLYING OUT FOR TRAINING, AND TEACHING ON LOCATION CLASSES.

IN 2004 MS.ZELINKA WAS GIVEN THE INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO START 77 WITH BUSINESS PARTNER JESSICA HEDGES.TOGETHER THEY GREW IT FROM AN EMPTY SALON TO BE VOTED PORTLANDS TOP SALON IN 2007.BOASTING 2,400 SQUARE FEET,77 IS AND WAS ONE OF PORTLANDS LARGEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS SALONS. 2010 BROUGHT A CAREER DEFINING CHOICE. MS. ZELINKA DECIDED TO RETIRE FROM SALON OWNERSHIP.WHILE MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR THE SALON, MS. ZELINKA FELT HER OWN PERSONALITY AND CREATIVITY HAD BEEN STIFLED.FEELING THAT HER CREATIVITY, PERSONALITY, AND DRIVE IS WHAT MAKES HER AN INCREDIBLE STYLIST, SHE DECIDED TO FOCUS SOLELY ON WORKING BEHIND THE CHAIR, FINDING SOLACE IN A SMALLER, MORE INTIMATE SPACE.

IN 2015 MS. ZELINKA ENDED full-time Portland career AT GINGER SALON, VOTED PORTLAND'S TOP SALON BY PORTLAND MONTHLY MAGAZINE, PORTLAND FASHION+STYLE AWARDS, AND THE PORTLAND MERCURY. GINGER IS OFFICIALLY THE FIRST SALON IN NORTH AMERICA, SECOND IN THE WORLD, TO BECOME A CERTIFIED B CORPORATION.B CORP CERTIFICATION IS AN INDEPENDENT, THIRD-PARTY ASSESSMENT OF A COMPANYS BUSINESS PRACTICES. IT RECOGNIZES BUSINESSES THAT PLACE AS MUCH VALUE ON TAKING CARE OF THEIR STAFF, THE COMMUNITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT AS THEY DO ON GROWING AND OPERATING THEIR BUSINESS. IT IS TO SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AS FAIR TRADE CERTIFICATION IS TO COFFEE, OR LEED IS TO BUILDINGS. MS. ZELINKA Currently resides in Seattle, where she has landed in a beautiful salon on Lake Washington, and splits her time working between Portland and Seattle.

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