Candace Solesbee

Candace Solesbee
Owner & Founder, Shampoo Dolls Salon

Candace grew up in Cottage Grove, Oregon.  In 1987, she attended The Creative Institute of Design where the beauty industry stole her heart.  She moved to California’s Bay Area, opening her first salon at the age of 21.  Today with 7 successful salons under her belt, she has trained and employed well over 100 stylists during her career.  Candace Solesbee’s salons have won numerous awards including Best Salon & Best Spa.  She is excited to return to her roots in Cottage Grove for her newest venture…the opening of Shampoo Dolls Salon in 2015.

As a successful salon owner and master of her craft, Candace Solesbee knows it is essential to stay on top of the latest cutting and coloring techniques, and is known for pushing the boundaries of hairstyling.  She has trained extensively with the Sassoon Academy, Bumble and Bumble, Tigi’s Toni & Guy and Redken 5th Avenue.

“Everyone deserves to feel beautiful.  My approach to hair is simple-it’s about understanding each client’s hair type and lifestyle,  then giving them a customized modern look that they can recreate in front of their own bathroom mirror.  I truly believe that everyone can feel beautiful and it’s my job to show them the way.”

-Candace Solesbee, on why she adores her chosen life path.

Candace Solesbee Shampoo Dolls Salon

Here, she puts the final touches of “bling” on the chrome wall for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“A girl knows her limits, but a wise girl knows she has none.” -Marilyn Monroe

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Contact Candace Solesbee

Phone: (541) 942-9395



Cassandra Branstetter

Cassandra Branstetter
Salon Manager

Cassandra is goal oriented and driven to succeed. When she was offered the position of Manager at Shampoo Dolls Salon, she was excited to be part of this exciting new adventure.  She is an asset to the salon because of natural leadership style, which is non-threatening, non-competitive way.

She loves one-on-one interaction with clients.  Cassandra’s desire to inspire and help others is what ultimately led her to the beauty industry.

“There is nothing better than watching a client after she is pleased with her hair. They get a boost of self confidence and an uncontrollable smile.”


Cassandra has always been inspired by beauty and fashion and is known for having her own unique sense of style. She has a passion for color and is particularly known for her beautiful blondes. Cassandra is a perfectionist with her color formulations, delivering custom highlights, lowlights, balayage and ombré, always with rave reviews.

Cassandra has continued her education under numerous labels including:

  • Babe hair extensions
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Framesi color and cuts
  • Shadow Box Hair Color
  • Kenra
  • Pravana


Cassandra grew up in Cottage Grove and dreamed of being a labor and delivery nurse.  However, after watching her father battle terminal health issues, she realized that would have a difficult time with the emotional aspect of a career in a hospital environment.

She enrolled in the International Beauty School and never looked back.

Favorite Quote(s):

“I am not interested in competing with anyone. I hope we all make it.”   Erica Cook

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”  Albert Schweitzer

Melina Mortensen

Melina Mortensen

Melina Mortensen has always loved the glamor of old Hollywood and the 80’s Rocker Chic looks.  When Melina heard about Shampoo Dolls Salon and their unique blend of Old Hollywood style mixed with a pinup biker chick vibe, she knew it was a natural fit for her and her talents.

“What’s the best part of what I do? That’s a difficult question. I love so many creative aspects of this profession. But If I had to chose just one, I would say it is helping clients find their inner beauty and reveal it on the outside.  I love creating a style that not only transforms their hair but also their attitude and self confidence. There is nothing more wonderful than the smile on my clients face at the end of a service.”


Melina is known for her amazing hair color makeovers and she is also the resident educating stylist for gentlemen’s barbering techniques, having had extensive training in both.


Melina has been in the beauty industry for over 10 years. She grew up in Tillamook, Oregon. She spent most of her career working in Central Oregon before relocating to Cottage Grove and joining the team at Shampoo Dolls.

She enjoys learning and keeps herself current on trends and product lines. She believes industry knowledge is key and attends hair shows and online training whenever possible.

Laura Couturier

Laura has been a hair stylist since 2007.  She is passionate about hair color and particularly enjoys getting creative with blonde colors. She values uniqueness and is always up for a challenge when it comes to pushing the limits with hair color. She is an experienced stylist and welcomes new clients!


  • Blonde hair of all shades
  • Bold hair color statements
  • Ombre hair in fashion colors
  • Shadow box hair color

Laura was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona but is currently enjoying life in Cottage Grove with her husband, daughter and new baby boy.


Jennifer Perini

Jennifer Perini,

Jennifer is definitely an artist. Even before any formal training in the arts, she had an undeniable natural ability.   After graduating from Cottage Grove High School, Jennifer went to college where she studied color theory, figure drawing, airbrushing and many other art mediums and applications.

She has applied her artistic skills towards tattoo design, advertising and commissioned paintings. She even worked as a florist at one time.  Moving into the beauty industry was a natural progression!

She excelled at the IBS School of Cosmetology where she won first place at the school’s winter updo challenge. She loves hair color and is trained in all the latest techniques including custom highlights, balayage, ombre hair and the popular bright and vivid colors.

She enjoys working with people and is a great listener.   She is very sweet and caring, and truly wants each and every client that sits in her chair to leave happy and feel like they have made a new friend. Jennifer takes plenty of time during a consultation and is attentive all the way through to the finished style.

I believe hair is the picture frame of the face. It is so important to find the right look for you, it can change your whole energy and what you project to the world.

She loves her community and is proud to be a district rep for the South Lane School District budget committee where she is serving for her 11th year.   Jennifer is a single mother of a son and a daughter, both fellow graduates of her own Alma Mater, Cottage Grove High School.

Favorite Quotes

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”  ~Coco Chanel

Lucy Sousa

Lucy K. Sousa
Stylist at Shampoo Dolls Salon in Cottage Grove, Oregon

Lucy grew up in Sacramento, but has been living in Cottage grove ever since she was a 12 years old.  She attended high school in Cottage Grove before going on to graduate from Northwest College of Beauty. 

As for her interest in the beauty industry, she’s always had that passion for all things hair and makeup.  What she loves most is making people feel confident in themselves.  She enjoys teaching others and has hopes of teaching her own master class one day, to help other up and coming stylists and other industry professionals learn the business. 

Areas of hair and makeup expertise:

  • Hair color and highlights of all kinds
  • Extensively trained in Joico, Matrix and Pravana professional hair color lines
  • Hairstyles and upstyles with braids
  • Wedding makeup, bridal party makeup
  • Studio hair and makeup for models, including runways and fashion shows

On her down time, Lucy likes to lie back and enjoy the little things in life like spending quality time with friends and family and playing with her dogs.


Taylor Wipfel

Taylor Wipfel
Lash Artist at Shampoo Dolls Salon in Cottage Grove, OR

Taylor is one of the newest members of the Shampoo Dolls Salon team. Taylor grew up in Drain, graduated from North Douglas High School and since settled down in Cottage Grove.

She attended Northwest College of Beauty because the idea of helping others look and feel their best stole her heart as a young girl. She loves the way the right hairstyle or the perfect lip shade can completely transform someone’s appearance and renew their confidence.  She specializes in Eyelash Extensions and Lash Tinting,  hoping to make a mark on the beauty industry as a Lash Artist.

In her down time, Taylor enjoys spending time outdoors with her family whether it be walking the dogs or  snowmobiling in the mountains.