Marina Aylen models Rae Strahan’s hair colouring for Salon Magazine’s Elumen ‘So You Think You Can Colour?’ photo competition. (Marika Wiebe)

Shuswap hairdressers entangled in colouring competition

Both hairdressers work at Salmon Arm Tangles Salon

Two Shuswap hairdressers seek community support for submissions to a hair colouring competition where the top prize is worth over $2,000.

On Friday, Nov. 8, voting closes for Salon Magazine’s Elumen ‘So You Think You Can Colour?’ photo competition, in which Rae Strahan and Marika Wiebe have submitted examples of their work. The competition began Sept. 25 in conjunction with Goldwell hair products and competitors were to use specific lines of products for their submissions. Both Strahan and Wiebe are hairdressers at Tangles Salon at The Mall at Piccadilly in Salmon Arm.

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The grand prize consists of a flight voucher to Toronto, a three night stay in a hotel and $1,000 worth of training with Goldwell Academy.

Marika Wiebe has been working at Tangles salon for nearly two years and started hairdressing four years ago. Wiebe left hairdressing for one year before to earn a business certificate but came back to hairdressing. Winning the top prize for her would mean an advancement in her skills in the art of hair colouring.

“For me it would be really exciting because then I can continue my education and further my colour career,” Wiebe said.

Wiebe has promoted her submission asking friends, family and followers for their votes. Using a combination of her personal Facebook page and her own hairstyling dedicated instagram account, Weibe has enjoyed plenty of encouragement.

“Everyone has been super supportive and great, it’s really cool to see the community support everyone and see how excited they get about it,” she said. “It’s not only us as a salon that’s growing it’s also Salmon Arm being a little more adventurous and gravitating towards that.”

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Rae Strahan moved to Anglemont a decade ago from Alberta where she owned a cleaning and janitorial company. She was looking for a change of career when her husband suggested she take up hairdressing. Strahan took to the idea and in a matter of weeks began training with the Interior Academy of Hair Design in Kamloops.

Due to her unfamiliarity with the community of Salmon Arm, Strahan was concerned her cause might go somewhat unnoticed. After posting about her submission to the competition on social media asking for votes she was pleasantly surprised by the support she received.

“I’m super appreciative,” Strahan said. “I’m actually very overwhelmed at how many people responded to my post. I wasn’t actually expecting to get much response from it.”


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