By Marjorie Woodfin
Pilot staff writer
Debbie Steward, owner/ stylist of A Mirror Image Salon in Harbor, has extended an open invitation to a grand opening party from 2 to 4 p.m. today (Dec. 1).
Steward wants the public to help celebrate the new salon that she opened Oct. 1. She said that she planned it as "a client-friendly environment for women and men."
Steward emphasized that A Mirror Image is a hair salon, and will be acrylic-free, with no manicures or pedicures, to provide a pleasant place to serve those who are allergic to acrylics, as well as all others.
Steward and her associate, hair stylist Susan Anderson, who recently moved to Curry County from Northern California, will be specializing in hair cutting for women and men. They will also offer color, highlighting, and perms for all types of hair. Steward explained that the chemicals currently being used for color and perms have changed over the years, and are much more friendly to the clients' hair and senses.
Steward, who has been a hair stylist since 1984, said she accidentally stumbled into the profession when a beauty school offered one half of the tuition for students at her high school in Gresham to enroll in hair styling classes. She took advantage of that offer, and six months after high school graduation, she was a professional hair stylist.
"I really enjoy it," she said "It's one of only a few things you can do and have actual physical touch with your customers." She said she enjoys seeing her clients look into the mirror when she completes her services. "If your hair is together, you can conquer the world, and it's something I can do and still have time to be with my family, to be a mom and a wife first," she explained.
"I've been in all phases of the business, including as an employee, an owner, an independent contractor, and a manager for a large corporation," she said. "My goal now is to provide good services with respect and courtesy to all of my clients."
Steward said that over the years she has diligently kept abreast of the latest styles, fashions, and products by regularly attending classes and seminars in Portland and San Jose.
In addition to hair care, the salon will also offer massage therapy on a monthly schedule, provided by her sister-in-law, Debbie Engerman, a licensed massage therapist from Cottage Grove.
Steward is a native Oregonian who grew up in Gresham in a home on property that was homesteaded by her great grandparents.
When her husband, who came from Alaska, said he needed to move from Gresham to the coast, she told him, "I'm a fifth generation Oregonian, and I could never live in California." They agreed on Gold Beach and Brookings. "I love it here," she admitted. "We like to support the community and the schools," Her youngest daughter, Athena Hannig is a sophomore at Brookings High School.
The Dec. 1 celebration will include refreshments, door prizes, and goodie bags for all. Gift certificates, as well as hair care products that are available only through professional hair salons, can help with the Christmas shopping.
A Mirror Image Salon, open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and evenings by appointment, is located at 16213 W. Hoffeldt Lane, Suite E, in Harbor. The telephone number is (541) 469-5678.