Gems inspire latest round in 'Lather, Rinse, Defeat' contest

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A diamond and pearl pendant served as inspiration in the latest round of Walla Walla hair competition "Lather, Rinse, Defeat."

The "Vortex," a piece from Skip Cundiff at Falkenberg's Jewelers, inspired the looks created by five teams of more than 20 stylists during the night's competition at Misbehaven Spa & Salon on Monday.

The winning team was made up of Melissa McCowen of Impress Salon, Carlie Hatley-Gordon of C, Livia Hegdal of Beehive Cut & Color Bar and Tawny Clark-Bohanan of Bella Salon. That group was selected by a panel of judges comprised of Ester Bock, Steve Johnson and Skip Cundiff.

Visitors to the Lather, Rinse, Defeat. Facebook page can also cast a one-time vote for their favorite 'do.

The four-week hair competition is a spin on reality television show "Shear Genius." Lather, Rinse, Defeat. showcases the talent of local stylists while also raising awareness of J.U.G.S. -- Just Us Girls Sharing -- a nonprofit organization created to help educate people on and raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

Each weekly competition takes place at a different salon and with a different source of inspiration for the stylists' coiffures. Next Monday's will take place at City Slickers, 14 W. Main St. A drink, "Rangpur 57" created by Matthew Price-Huntington will serve as inspiration. The competition will culminate April 9 with J.U.G.S.' Pink Ball dinner, dance and runway show. Winners will be announced then. For ticket information, visit J.U.G.S. on Facebook or call Amy Vories at Four Feathered Sparrow, 525-2001, or Jan Corn at Impress Salon, 529,3534.

Last week's winning up-do was shot by Greg Lehman, who did not receive credit for the photo that ran in this column.

A head's up on a new salon in the works for downtown Walla Walla.

Bliss Spa & Salon is opening at 43 S. Palouse St. in the former site of quilting and fabric shop Stash. A sneak peek into the business owned by Alison Laughery will be available with an open house April 2 from 2-6 p.m. Bliss is expected to make its official entrance into the community at 9 a.m. April 7.

Hair styling, hair extensions, make-up artistry, massage therapy, manicures, pedicures and waxing are all on the menu of services at the new business. A few spots are available for some positions. For more details or to get a place in Bliss's books, call 526-4080.

Walla Walla's own Wild Wine Woman and several other local businesses got two thumbs up from the Travel Channel.

The retail wine shop, two wineries and a foodie experience were all touted by the station as part of its recommendations for "Pacific Northwest Wine Experiences, Sip and Swirl in Washington and Oregon."

"In a region known for its natural beauty, it's easy to combine a trip to wine country with some outdoor fun or gourmet dining," the Travel Channel posted online.

The local spots were highlighted in a recommended "Gourmand's Tour of Walla Walla."

The Walla Walla Valley has the largest concentration of wineries in the state, the item read. Editors recommend getting a preview of them from the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman shop run by Catie McIntyre Walker. The site also recommends joining the Walla Walla Bed & Breakfast Inns Association for a Gourmet Getaway. Tasting rooms at L'Ecole No 41 and Balboa Winery were also recommended.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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