Local hair stylists look to fight cancer

October is the month to honor breast cancer survivors and remember those who died from the disease. For the third year, Salon Source 2000 of Tiffin is planning a Cuts for Cancer cut-a-thon 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26 at 458 W. Market St.

Shop owner Lisa McClellan did the first cut-a-thon two years ago in memory of her sister, Gayla Griffin, who lost her life to breast cancer. All the proceeds from the first two fundraisers went to Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment, which helps cancer patients in the Seneca County area. That organization is to receive this year’s proceeds, as well.

McClellan said she has had an amazing response from area stylists who want to participate this year.

“The first year, I said I wanted to break down the competitive walls between salons and stylists … and it’s happening,” she added.

In addition to McClellan, her three stylists Erica Meier, Nikki Ellis and Shana Garcia are to offer their services, and Carol Theis is to give chair massages for the second year.

Bri and Co. owner Bri Lee and stylist Jodi Hayes have signed on for the benefit. McClellan said Lee is the fourth-generation of hair dressers at the former Banks Hair Fashions location on South SR 100.

“Jodi is a personal friend of me and my sister,” McClellan said.

Also donating their services are owner Chris Nominee and stylist Sue Schriner of Head Shed; Tecia Hoerig from Mane Cinsations; and Sue Reidy, returning for the third year. Tammy Smith, mother of the late Nathan Smith, has been away from the business for a time, but she is contributing to the cut-a-thon, as well as Elaine McCoy, a breast cancer survivor and licensed hair stylist.

“She has become a client of mine and a friend. This will be her first year working behind the chair,” McClellan said of McCoy.

Melissa Tschanen is donating a gift basket. Terri Hampshire, former stylist, will be shampooing for the third year. Joining the effort for the second time is Amy Heggi.

“She did the cut-a-thon last year and drove from the other side of Fremont Oak Harbor – to do this cut-a-thon,” McClellan said.

Salon Source has four regular chairs, and McClellan is bringing in an extra chair for the cut-a-thon in anticipation of a busy day. Each stylist is signing up for a two- or three-hour shift. Three more time slots are open for other stylists who may want to get involved.

Extra helpers for the cut-a-thon include McClellan’s sister, Rachelle Griffin; Gayla’s daughters, Abrie Smith and Erin Kisabeth; McClellan’s daughter, Claire McClellan; and a family friend, Taylor Hagan.

They will be answering phones, sweeping up hair, clearing wet towels and other tasks. McClellan’s spouse, Michael, also is to offer his own contribution.

“My husband’s actually going to be outside. He’s going to be making his homemade chili, and he’s going to sell it. He’s bringing his tri-pod and a big black pot,” she said.

All month, the shop is to have nail colors, hair sprays, lip gloss and other products available to promote the “power of pink.”

Photographer Wendy DeMith, who graduated with Gayla, will save the event in pictures.

Viewpoint Graphics is giving a discounted price to produce T-shirts for the 2013 benefit.

“We will be selling T-shirts and accepting cash beginning (today), throughout the month, and then ending the month, hopefully with a bang, the day of the cut-a-thon,” McClellan said.

For the fundraiser, the stylists are requesting a minimum donation of $15 for hair cuts, with all proceeds going to FACT. As in the past, the cut-a-thon is for walk-ins only.

For more details, stop at Salon Source 2000, 458 W. Market St., or call (419) 447-2030.