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Mandy Zelinka is an award winning hairstylist + salon owner. Ms. Zelinka is also the former Digital Marketing Manager for KEVIN.MURPHY International.

But she’s best known for tobogganing down the Great Wall of China as a United States Diplomat and First Lady of a City.

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MANDY ZELINKA IS THE FORMER FIRST LADY OF MILWAUKIE, OREGON AND FORMER DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER FOR KEVIN.MURPHY INTERNATIONAL. SHE ALSO OWNED 77, ONE OF THE LARGEST AWARD-WINNING SALONS IN PORTLAND, OREGON AND IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 BEST HAIRSTYLIST OF PORTLAND BY THE PORTLAND FASHION AND STYLE AWARDS. 

BUT SHE'S BEST KNOWN FOR TOBOGGANING DOWN THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA AS A UNITED STATES DIPLOMAT AND FIRST LADY OF A CITY. 


A NATIVE OF CLOSE-IN PORTLAND, MS. ZELINKA GRADUATED FROM NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED MT. HOOD SCHOOL OF HAIR DESIGN. MS. ZELINKA IMMEDIATELY WENT TO APPRENTICE WITH RENOWNED COLORIST, AND NORTH AMERICAN HAIRSTYLING AWARD WINNER DEANNALYNN TEAL, STUDYING THE INTENSE THEORY OF HAIR COLOR. UNDER HER WATCHFUL EYE MS. ZELINKA WAS ABLE TO LEARN A MULTITUDE OF COLORING TECHNIQUES, MANY OF WHICH SHE STILL USED LATE INTO HER CAREER. 

HER CUTTING TRAINING LIES IN HAVING BEEN A RUSK DESIGNER, STUDYING UNDER NATIONAL ARTIST TATJANNA CZYPIONKA. MS. ZELINKA HAS FOUND RUSK TECHNIQUES TO BE INCREDIBLY ADAPTABLE TO ALL RANGES OF CLIENTS, PROVIDING A HAIRCUT THAT GROWS OUT EXTRAORDINARILY, FAR SURPASSING ANY OTHER TECHNIQUE. RUSK ALSO ALLOWED FOR TRAVEL WORKING BACKSTAGE AT HAIR SHOWS, FLYING OUT FOR TRAINING, AND TEACHING ON LOCATION CLASSES. 

IN 2004 MS.ZELINKA WAS GIVEN THE INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO START 77 WITH BUSINESS PARTNER JESSICA HEDGES. TOGETHER THEY GREW IT FROM AN EMPTY SALON TO BE VOTED PORTLAND'S TOP SALONS. BOASTING 2,400 SQUARE FEET, 77 IS AND WAS ONE OF PORTLAND'S LARGEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS SALONS. 2010 BROUGHT A CAREER DEFINING CHOICE. MS. ZELINKA DECIDED TO RETIRE FROM SALON OWNERSHIP. WHILE MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR THE SALON, MS. ZELINKA FELT HER OWN PERSONALITY AND CREATIVITY HAD BEEN STIFLED. FEELING THAT HER CREATIVITY, PERSONALITY, AND DRIVE IS WHAT MAKES HER AN INCREDIBLE STYLIST, SHE DECIDED TO FOCUS SOLELY ON WORKING BEHIND THE CHAIR, FINDING SOLACE IN A SMALLER, MORE INTIMATE SPACE. 

IN 2015 MS. ZELINKA WRAPPED UP HER DAYS WORKING BEHIND THE CHAIR IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND AT GINGER SALON, VOTED PORTLAND'S TOP SALON BY PORTLAND MONTHLY MAGAZINE, PORTLAND FASHION+STYLE AWARDS, AND THE PORTLAND MERCURY. GINGER IS OFFICIALLY THE FIRST SALON IN NORTH AMERICA, SECOND IN THE WORLD, TO BECOME A CERTIFIED B CORPORATION. B CORP CERTIFICATION IS AN INDEPENDENT, THIRD-PARTY ASSESSMENT OF A COMPANY'S BUSINESS PRACTICES. IT RECOGNIZES BUSINESSES THAT PLACE AS MUCH VALUE ON TAKING CARE OF THEIR STAFF, THE COMMUNITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT AS THEY DO ON GROWING AND OPERATING THEIR BUSINESS. IT IS TO SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AS FAIR TRADE CERTIFICATION IS TO COFFEE, OR LEED IS TO BUILDINGS.

AFTER BEING VOTED BEST HAIRSTYLIST IN PORTLAND IN 2016, MS. ZELINKA MOVED TO SEATTLE TO JOIN HER FAVORITE PARTNER IN CRIME (FORMER MAYOR FERGUSON.) IT WAS HERE THAT THE ZELINKA AGENCY WAS BORN. LIVING IN A NEW CITY THAT LACKED THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE LIFE-LONG FRIENDSHIPS OF PORTLAND ALLOWED MS. ZELINKA THE OPPORTUNITY TO FINALLY FULFILL HER DREAM OF CREATING COURSES TO EMPOWER HAIRSTYLISTS. HER COURSES INCLUDE MANY OF THE TECHNIQUES THAT HAVE HELPED HER AND HER BUSINESS BUDDIES SUCCEED IN OVER TWO DECADES OF SUCCESSFUL SELF-EMPLOYMENT.

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