Business Profile, Salon Kula

Owners Kelly and Tennille St. John, are ecstatic about their first year of business

Danielle clarke

Rossland News

Located at 2167 Washington Street, Salon Kula takes the title of being the only hair salon in the Kootenays to be completely organic.

On June 11, owners Kelly and Tennille St. John, are ecstatic about their first year of business.

“The first year definitely exceeded our expectations,” said Kelly who was blown away by the local support.

To celebrate the beginning of their second year the couple hired a barber to become the third member of the team. He will take walk-ins three times a week.

The couple expressed, “a huge thank you for the community of Rossland” with plans for a ‘thank you’ open house to be announced.

Tennille has been in the industry of hairdressing for 22 years.She began switching over to organic products with her business in Ontario, before moving out to BC.

“Hair salons overuse chemicals,” Tennille said “I am trying to reduce my carbon footprint as well as…the clients’,” she added.

All the products she uses are created sustainably, environmentally responsibly and chemical free.

“I’ve gone as organic and local as I can,” said Tennille who offers a kids, mens, womens and colour line of products.

What does she do with the hair you ask? Also recycled and reused, for oil booms that is. To date, Tennille has about 55lbs of hair from clients to donate that will be packaged up and used at oil spill sites. Other hair is being donated for cancer wigs and Tennille has about 110” of hair for that.

“Whenever anybody comes in and chooses to cut off that much hair at once [Tennille] does it for free” it’s part of our donation to cancer,” said Kelly.

Since the one-year mark, Tennille has about 17lbs of foil to be recycled as well.

As for personal goals, Tennille would like to become as paperless as possible. People can set up their hair appointment online at and do their part in saving paper.

Generally, Salon Kula is booked up about a week and a half in advance.

For more information call, 1.250.921.kula(5852).


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