The Rebirth of a Devastated City and Salon

By Lauren Salapatek | 06/18/2010 9:45:38 AM


I came across this inspirational story a couple days ago and it really touched my heart. <3
On May 4th, 2007 the town of Greensburg, Kansas along with the surrounding Kiowa County was hit by a devastating EF-5 tornado that destroyed 95 percent of the city. The town was in ruins, and half of the city’s population left after the tornado. However, half of the residents stayed hopeful and committed themselves to rebuilding their hometown of Greensburg.

In 2007, Greensburg, Kansas was devastated by an EF-5 tornado, resulting in half of the residents leaving the town.

Over the past three years, the town has undergone massive reconstruction. Recently on June 14th, 2010, the town celebrated their renaissance with a day-long festival of activities involving the community and all of Kiowa County.

Peel’s Salon Services, with the partnership of Biolage, Xenon International School of Hair design, Kaemark, and European Touch, hosted Makeover Greensburg at The Last Tangle Salon on the town’s Main Street, in celebration of the salon’s long-awaited reopening by owner, Debbie Boyle.

 Owner Debbie Boyle standing in front of her newly reopened hair salon, The Last Tangle Salon.

“We are so thrilled to be able to celebrate how far we have come as a community,” says Boyle. “So much hard work and love has been put into this rebuild—now this is our chance to give back to everyone who has selflessly helped put ourselves back together.”

Residents of Greensburg and Kiowa County were invited to get a complimentary hair cut and make-up consultation from members of the Matrix Artistic Design Team and Xenon School of Hair Design. All the cut hair was collected and donated to Matter of Trust, the non-profit organization that is creating products from recycled hair to be used in soaking up the oil spill in the Gulf.

The Matrix Artistic Design Team and Xenon School of Hair Design members offered complimentary hair cuts and make-up consultations at Makeover Greensburg.

 The Matrix Team

 Biolage "Thank You" Tree





ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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