Local beauty parlor specializes in eco-friendliness

Stylists support, encourage each other; clients love positive salon atmosphere, hairstyles



Chelsea Whitney, owner of Poppy Salon and Spa, talks about her business as she works on client Kristin Hansen’s hair on March 21 at Poppy Salon and Spa. The supportive atmosphere at the salon is evident to clients.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

Nicolette Glover, a hair stylist, uses the back of her hand to smooth down her customer’s hair underneath a piece of plastic wrap. She is dyeing Taylor Minshall’s hair and has a few sections of Minshall’s hair entirely wrapped with plastic wrap.

Poppy Salon and Spa is a beauty parlor that offers cutting, styling, coloring, full-body sugaring and lash extensions.

The owner, Chelsea Whitney, said she always wanted her salon to be eco-friendly. The eco-friendliness reaches far beyond their hair products, Whitney said — they also use reusable coffee mugs instead of paper cups.

Sofie Thulen, a customer at Poppy, said she enjoyed the eco-friendly aspect of the salon. While it was only her first time there, she said she loved how the women support each other.

“They just seem like they do a great job and that they care a lot about their business,” Thulen said.

Glover said all the women who work there are booth renters and pay to rent their own station.

Diana De La Torre, another stylist at Poppy, said the community that Poppy fosters stands out to her.

“I was looking for somewhere that was going to not only help me and push me in my career,” De La Torre said, “but also somewhere that was a team, so even though I am independent, I still have all these women in here supporting me.”

She said she has friends who work elsewhere who feel like their workplace does not provide as much of a bond with their co-workers. De La Torre thinks they are a family at Poppy.

Fellow Poppy stylist Shanna Vassell was in the middle of dyeing Heidi Armstrong, another stylist’s, hair.

“[The stylists] are independent but we work as a team, and that’s something I haven’t really experienced at different salons,” she said.

Heidi Armstrong, also a stylist at Poppy, said the stylists work well together and use some of the same products, which many other stylists do not.

Glover said she loves working at Poppy because, as a booth renter, she has flexibility in her schedule, and she feels like she is her own business within another business.

As a child, she said, she wanted to be an artist. Now she feels like she is able to express her creativity as a stylist.

“I have people who come in and say, ‘Do whatever you want,’ and so you can just paint,” Glover said. “You get to do art, but on somebody, so it’s kind of like a working canvas, which is one of my favorite things about hair because every head is so different.”

Minshall, a University of Idaho student, said she is afraid to go to a different salon because she has always liked her hair when she gets it done at Poppy.

“That’s something we really try to stand by — is making people happy and making sure they like it when they leave,” Glover said.

Poppy Salon and Spa is located at 127 N Grand Ave. The business is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. It is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

Appointments can be made on the Poppy page on schedulicity.com.