Changing Lives One Cut at a Time

By Lauren Salapatek | 01/05/2012 12:39:00 PM


After witnessing a Matrix presentation on Chairs of Change, a program that allows stylists to create initiatives to change themselves or the world around them through fundraising and charity, Abby Tresnak, stylist at Hansen’s Hair Haven and manager at Peel’s Salon Centric in Cedar Rapids, knew she wanted to make a difference.

Tresnak spearheads efforts to provide free hair cuts for kids that belong to Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of East Central Iowa. She not only involves her own team, but stylists from other salons as well. “Currently about 50 stylists are participating,” she says. “Kids come from broken homes—they don’t have a lot of money. This is something I can do to help.”

For more information on the Chairs of Change program, visit






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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