Northwest Hair Restoration... Jerri's Blog

Aug. 9, 2011 at 8:02pm

Hair Again?

All I ever knew about hair replacement surgery I learned on Dr. 90210. Is that show still around? I had never really known of anyone who had had the surgery before (so I thought), and I didn't know of any surgeons doing this procedure until I met Dr. Robert Niedbalski, practicing right here in Tacoma! Dr. Niedbalski is a lovely guy, and immediately likeable. I knew I wanted to work with him the moment I sat down to have my first conversation with him. I took a job at his Tacoma practice as an esthetician and laser technician. My balding husband was a little concerned that I would be going to work for a hair replacement doctor! He wondered what kinds of evil things I was going to make him endure now... Muahahah! Once my husband met the good doctor, he was smitten as well, and his wheels began spinning. The next day he texted me his college football picture, in which he still had a full set of hair! To date, we have not scheduled his surgery, but you can bet we will! Over the many months since I started working for Dr. Bob (you try saying Niedbalski all the time!), I have become more and more interested in the hair replacement side of the business. Doc does hair replacement surgery on men and women, on the scalp and on the eyebrows, and he does beautiful work. He also has non-surgical options for people who are either preparing for a future surgery, are not surgery candidates, or who simply don't want surgery. One treatment I had not heard of is called ACell. It is a stem cell activator that has grown back a person's severed fingertip... WITH the fingernail! ACell is being used widely across medical and veterinary specialties. Dr. Bob uses it in conjunction with surgery and gets an even better survival rate of the grafted hair, and the scar heals almost invisibly. ACell can also be used as a stand alone treatment for helping the patient produce more hair follicles, hair that is thicker in diameter, and hair that remains growing for a longer period of time... Sign me up! Oh yeah, I've already had my ACell therapy! My hair is thinning on the top sides of my hairline, and I no likey dat. Since my treatment over three weeks ago, I have barely been shedding any hair. Normally I shed handfuls of it every time I shampoo. I will keep you posted on my progress, and on what else I am learning!

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Jul. 29, 2011 at 4:38pm

Brow, Brow, Meow!

We Have Excellent News for Your Eyebrows

Have you ever noticed how important nicely shaped eyebrows are to overall appearance?  Or how a very light or blonde brow seems to visually disappear?  Do you appear angry even when you are not?  Beautiful, well-groomed, unfurrowed eyebrows frame and showcase what many consider to be the most important feature, the eyes!  And, speaking of brows, we have plans for you and yours!  Whether you need them waxed, tinted, made up, or replaced, or unfurrowed, Northwest Hair Restoration and Laser Hair&Skin; Center of Tacoma is the place to be.

For an easy makeup solution to enhancing your brows instantly, Jane Iredale, The Skin Care Makeup, has a travel-size compact called Bitty Brow Kit, that comes in blonde and brunette. The kit is $26.00, and includes a botanical brow wax and pigmented powder for adding definition and staying power. 

We are happy to welcome our new medical esthetician/laser technician, Angela Janssen!  In addition to loving skin care, she is also a big fan of brow waxing and tinting!  You will be thrilled to know that Angela is offering a brow waxing and tinting special where you will receive a brow wax and a brow tint for $25.00.  Sold singly, brow wax will be offered for $17.00, and brow tint for $17.00.

For those deep furrows or worry lines between the brows, Botox is a terrific option.  Botox is a purified protein that, when injected into your expression lines, will cause the muscle to relax and smooth out.  This treatment lasts approximately 4 months.  We will post some of Dr. Niedbalski's before and afters soon.  To view progressive before and after pictures of Botox results, please visit

At Northwest Hair Restoration, Dr. Robert Niedbalski does more than hair replacement on the scalp, he also does eyebrows, and they turn out beautifully.  Check out before and after photos of some of our actual brow restoration surgery patients.  The staff has been positively giddy over the results!

Dr Niedbalski is one of the pioneering researchers in the application of ACell with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for both hair multiplication in hair restoration surgery and combating baldness with injection therapy.

In September, he will begin a small clinical trial (10 men and 10 women) to study the effects of ACell/PRP therapy on thinning eyebrows. For more information and to see if you qualify to participate in this medical investigation,  go to or call Northwest Hair Restoration at 253-572-2949

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Feb. 11, 2009 at 2:01pm

Schweitzer Makeup Studios

Makeup Academy

Schweitzer Makeup Studios owner, Sharona Schweitzer, has elected to hold her 2009 makeup academies at Appassionato - an image studio, in Fife.  Sharona is an expert in her field and has been a mentor to many.  In addition to her studio work, which includes academy, as well as wedding and special events makeup, Ms. Schweitzer is also the trainer and events person for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics for all of Washington and Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.

The first academy of 2009 begins on Sunday, February 22nd, and is already full.  The second academy will begin on Sunday, April 19th, and only has a few spots left! 


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Oct. 9, 2008 at 10:27pm

Thinking about the holidays already, yikes!

Planning a holiday gift party

Tonight is my Golden Retriever Stanley's first night back to being a house dog now that it is getting colder outside.  But before that happened, last night I ended up using a new anti-anxiety essential oil blend spritz from Here There & Beyond on Stanley, though I had picked it up for personal and spa use.  There has been some night time contruction going on out behind our home in Orting.  Noisy annoyingness!  Last night it was really distressing the poor old dear and he was bawling his little red head off.  I went out to pet him and give him a spritz of the "Serene" and it worked like a charm!  Tonight I used it again as he was super excited to be back in the house and behaving a little spastically!  But I think it's starting to affect me too...

Now the "Serene" is not made especially for dogs, but Here There & Beyond does create some products for pets such as remedies for fleas and skin irritations.  I met the owner, Elizabeth Bloom at two Multicare events I participated in this week.  She is lovely and knowledgeable and has some terrific products that you will likely be seeing more and more of in the Tacoma area and beyond.  If you want to check out her website, it is:

As I bring the dog back inside "for the winter", I am reminded that it sure is time to start planning Appassionato's pre-holiday gift party, which is now just 4 very short weeks away!  We're really excited to be including among our guests Ms. Linda Danforth.  She will be doing a trunk show at our party!  We are so lucky.  Appassionato is also proud to now carry some of Linda's beautiful jewelry creations at our salon all the time.  Here is a link to check out some of Linda's creations:

Happy Fall! Though it will be Winter soon enough!

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Jun. 25, 2008 at 12:52pm

Dame Lola -n- stuff

Going to visit Rebecca

I guess I've been wrapped up in my thoughts of a possible, highly probable, move to Kennewick.  But, until then, I have been busy working and have been neglecting some of my favorite Tacoma gals.  I am about to snap out of it, though!

Dame Lola is on my list for Saturday.  Appassionato is going to be part of the group helping Rebecca put on a bridal-ish event at her place on July 17th.  I am excited but realize we have got to get together and talk about all of this business so we can get the word out - quick!

I also have a gift card to Dame Lola's, hurray!  So I'm pretty sure I will have to use it on Saturday ;)  I probably need something fantastic, and cool, for my next trip to Kennewick - Rebecca surely has some clothing ideas for that 95 degree weather I'll be heading into!

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Apr. 7, 2008 at 11:26am

Tiki Lounge

Love it. Love.

I sure took my sweet time getting over to the Tiki Lounge!  Good golly, but I did  not know what I was missing!  Store owner/operator Stacey White is a lot of fun to talk to, and she has so many cute, fun items in her boutique - clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes, hats...

It was a hard decision, but I came away with a really cool new handbag with cream-colored pleather layers that look sort-of like an upscale ruffle, and wooden horn-like pieces on the handle.  There was also an awesome clutch with big rhinestones on it that I have to go back for, plus all the great clothes that I haven't tried on yet!  My fashionista friend Amy Crawford got a sparkly new ring and is already on a first-name basis with the owner!

I can't wait to go back.

Tiki Lounge is located at 17 N. Tacoma Ave. and is across from the new Dame Lola in a very fun Stadium neighborhood.

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Mar. 24, 2008 at 11:56am

Dame Lola

It was a Jungle in there!

The recent highlight of my day, week, and, admittedly, my life! was attending the much anticipated reopening of Dame Lola, one of my very favorite Tacoma area women's boutiques.  I loved the old Dame Lola, I really, really did!  So when owner Rebecca Dashow (total delight!) was forced to close down BEFORE the holidays due to flooding, many of us were devastated for her (and for ourselves!), but she reassured everyone she would search high and low for the perfect new space.  I think she accomplished her mission!

Instinct, a safari cocktail party (with lots of yummies from The Vault)- last Saturday at the brand new Dame Lola!  The mannequins were live models (Rebecca usually gives this honor to friends and customers), they were decked out with hot and wild hair by Carine Deleon of Le Chat Noir, and tribal-inspired makeup.  The models adorned the windows, mingled, and changed outfits throughout the night. 

The floors were shiny black, setting off the shades of spring clothing.  Lots of cute dresses, femine tops, and every little thing.  I'm a sucker for a good pair of jeans, which was my purchase of the night.  My friend, Monica Hilliard, got an "I only date Superheroes" t-shirt, which is sure to impress her 5 year-old boy! 

My favorite part, besides that I'm so, so happy for Rebecca, is the sexy, lounge-y upstairs, which makes it a perfect place for hanging out, and for having private parties and trunk shows.  Well, wait, my other favorite part is the new neighborhood - friendly plus fun!  Right by Angelo Mendi Salon, Tully's, Parvenu, Calla Lily, Sweet Pea, and more!  What a fun season artwalk will be this year for this growing neighborhood!

Congratulations, Rebecca!

The new Dame Lola is located at 8 Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, WA  98403. 

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Mar. 14, 2008 at 8:52pm

Tacoma Art Place

A Lot's Goin' On!

Umm, have you checked out Tacoma Art Place?  I met Linda Danforth, Founder and President, last fall when I purchased some of her gorgeous hand-made jewelry at Dame Lola's (one of my very fave local boutiques which is about to reopen over by Angelo Mendi's!).  Linda invited me to help with makeup for Tacoma Art Place's Inspired Elegance fashion show last fall, and we've kept in touch ever since.

Linda opened Tacoma Art Place, a non-profit organization, to help make sure everyone has access to creating and enjoying arts and crafts.  She just returned from India (where I bet she made some purchases for future fabulous jewel creations) and shared with me some of what is going on at Tacoma Art Place nowadays - jewelry making, experimental drawing, knitting, and all kinds of classes.  She also mentioned they're getting set up with wheels and kilns to begin offering pottery and ceramics! 

Whether you want take a class, or teach one! ...this is a wonderful organization well worth visiting, volunteering for, or donating to.

1116 S. 11th
Tacoma, WA 98405        

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Feb. 29, 2008 at 12:22pm

Microdermabrasion at Appassionato

Renew Your Skin

What is Microdermabrasion?   This treatment is a non-invasive, mechanical means of exfoliating and renewing the skin.  This treatment was first popularized in Europe.  In the 1990's we began experiencing Microdermabrasion and all its benefits in the USA.

Who is Microdermabrasion for?  Most anyone who wishes to refine the skin's texture, unclog pores, prepare the skin for more aggressive treatments, including plastic surgery, and those sensitive to or opposed to chemical exfoliation.

Who should not use Microdermabrasion?  Contraindications include active lesions and open wounds, delicate skin, those with Rosacea,   and those using Accutane and Retin-A.  Those on antibiotics should wait until 2 weeks after their last dosage.  Remember, your esthetician is trained to work closely with you to devise the best plan of action for your skin care.

Do I need to follow special instructions after my Microdermabrasion treatments?  Yes.  The skin will be in a more delicate state and must be kept cool for 48 hours post session. This means hold off on work outs, sweating, and any activity that raises your core temperature. It is necessary to cleanse with lukewarm water for at least 48 hours post session, but a good bit of advice for all the time. Becoming overheated after your session can contribute to hyperpigmentation, or darkened areas on the skin.

How many Microdermabrasion sessions will I need?  As with most skin care treatments, Microdermabrasion works best when done in a series of 4-8 sessions done fairly close together. The first couple of sessions, especially when combined with proper home care, are all about working to create changes in the skin.  After your series is complete, you will want to continue with maintenance sessions and proper home care to maintain your results. 

What if I don't complete my Microdermabrasion series?  It is always advised to work closely with your esthetician on the plan of action for your skin.  It won't hurt you to stop, or to only go once in a while for your treatments, but doing this will make it pretty unlikely to ever see results.

Can Microdermabrasion be combined with other treatments?  Yes, a highly skilled esthetician can combine Microdermabrasion with other modalities, such as Ultrasonic Facials and Chemical Peels.  Once your esthetician has gotten to know you and your skin, advanced combo treatments may be recommended.

Appassionato - an image studio

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Feb. 28, 2008 at 7:26pm

Appassionato - an image studio

Hair & Advanced Skin Care

Appassionato - an image studio is a welcoming space where independent hair designers and clinical estheticians have gathered to support and encourage one another in the pursuit of happiness and beauty.   

Services offered:  hair - cut, color, perm, straightening; skin - peels, microdermabrasion, ultrasonic facials, customized facials; waxing; makeup; lash/brow tinting.

We are located in convenient Fife, Washington, with easy access from Tacoma, Federal Way, and the surrounding areas.  We have plenty of free parking, too!


1404 Willow Rd. E. 

Fife, WA  98424

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Until beginning my middle-age (now!), I have worked in the beauty industry. Hair, skin, nails, and makeup, but mostly skin care and makeup, has been my thing for a long time now. As middle-age began encroaching on me, I knew I was going to have to stay in the biz and keep in the know if I was going to attempt to age, ahem, gracefully. I was blessed to come under Dr. Niedbalski's employ in the fall of 2010, where I have been providing skin care, laser, and makeup services. After finding my dream boss, my husband took a job in the Tri Cities. Elation! Over the additional 215 days/year of sunshine I will be enjoying! Despair! Over leaving my dream employer, life long friends, wonderful clients, and the list goes on. But! The good karma bus has come my way this year, and I am ecstatic that Dr. Niedbalski has asked me to be his E WA consultant and marketing person! I'm going to have a lot to learn, a lot to do, and a lot to talk about!

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