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Matrix Gives Back to Salons Affected by Hurricane Irene

Colin Walsh, Matrix Vice President and General Manager, surprises Kate Thompson of Shear Paradise with a special gift from the Matrix Chairs of Change initiative.

Six salons in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania that were damaged by this past summer’s tropical thunderstorms and Hurricane Irene received surprise holiday visits and a wealth of gifts from the Matrix Chairs of Change initiative, led by Matrix Vice President and General Manager Colin Walsh, and joined by Al DiTulio, president of the local A&A Beauty Supply Company.

The salons endured massive flooding and were forced to close for a lengthy repair process; now they are all reopened and slowly getting back into business. As a special holiday surprise, Matrix presented each salon with six months worth of Matrix products, an Elchim blow-dryer for each stylist, a full-day education class with Matrix Artistic Director Daniel Roldan, gift baskets to raffle off to clients, and Matrix Friends and Family points. Matrix also presented gifts to three neighboring salons that offered workspaces to many of the displaced stylists.

The six salons are: The Cutting Edge, The Styling Corner and Shear Paradise in Owego, NY, and Paula McNeil, Image Salon and The Klip Joint in Athens, PA. The three additional salons recognized are: Hair Designs in Owego, NY and Mane Designs and SophistiCuts in Sayre, PA.

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Jolene Turner

In addition to serving as senior editor for American Salon, Jolene Turner is responsible for spearheading the publication's digital media activities. Turner writes and researches topics related to hair and skincare, from new technological advancements to what salon owners are doing to make their businesses a success. Outside of work, Jolene volunteers for the NYC-based non-profit Anjellicle Cats Rescue and writes and performs comedy theater.