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Karina Ramírez: L’Oreal names salon as new training base

Kristi Bennett and the stylists at HeadRush Salon will have something else to add to their resumes.

The salon has been chosen by L’Oreal to become the future education hub of the North Texas area.

By becoming a hub, the salon will not only conduct classes for hair professionals but also undergo a redesign that will feature the work of Peter Millard, a renowned salon and retail design consultant for L’Oreal USA. 

“They have gifted us a New York designer who will come into marry the two — HeadRush and L’Oreal,” Bennett told attendees at the Denton Economic Development Partnership’s Mayor and City Council Quarterly Breakfast meeting Thursday. “This is really amazing.”

Since opening in 2010, her salon has been dedicated to providing salon education and helping her staff work on new cuts, styles and techniques.

“Many of the details of the redesign are still being worked on,” Bennett said later Friday. “He will be more expanding on what we already have.”

Education classes began last week when the salon hosted 15 guests.  Bennett said she hopes to host classes at least six to eight times a year. The next class is scheduled for March 15, with another on April 4.

HeadRush partnered with L’Oreal Professional to become the first salon in Denton to exclusively carry the product line in 2008.

HeadRush has 12 employees who take time outside of work to help host community events. In 2010 and 2011, the staff presented “Hair in the Arts,” a hair show and silent auction that raised money for charity. The next “Hair in the Arts” event is scheduled for September. 

HeadRush Salon is located at 402 W. Hickory St. near Carroll Boulevard. For more information, visit www.head

The Texas region’s consumer confidence index was 95.3 in December, down 2.6 percent from November 2012, and 22.0 percent higher than one year ago, according to the state comptroller’s weekly economic outlook report.

Nationally, the U.S. consumer confidence index was 65.1 in December, down 9.0 percent from November, and 0.5 percent higher than one year ago, according to the report.



Jane Provo, executive director of the Denton Affordable Housing Corp., was reappointed to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas advisory council.

According to a news release, Provo’s role on the council will mean carrying out the mission of the organization — increasing the supply of affordable housing for lower-income households and people with special needs.

Provo’s third term on the advisory council began in January. She has served as the council’s chairwoman since 2011. Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2015.

The advisory council’s 13 representatives, who come from state, community and nonprofit organizations, advise the Federal Home Loan Bank board of directors on affordable housing and economic development issues.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 12 district banks in the federal home loan bank system created by Congress in 1932. The Dallas-based bank is a member-owned cooperative of more than 900 members and associated institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas.

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Coming up

The staff and management of Outback Steakhouse in Denton are preparing to host their annual fundraiser for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance on March 13.

Employees will be donating 100 percent of their tips to FARA, a national nonprofit dedicated to curing Friedreich’s ataxia through research. The debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder targets about 1 in 50,000 people in the U.S., according to nonprofit’s website. 

Denton’s Outback Steak­house is located at 300 S. Interstate 35E at Sam Bass Boulevard. For more information, call 940-320-5373.

KARINA RAMíREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is