Friday, October 5, 2012
Labels: culture, volunteer work
Hey everyone! I just had my first workshop at Women-In-Need, a shelter for single mothers and their children.
As I walked into the shelter I was greeted with smiles and questions. "Are you the beautician?" the gentleman at the front desk asked. I was then escorted to the meeting room and was happily greeted by the clients. We started to get to know each other on a first name basis and started talking about our perceptions of the beauty industry. I made it clear that I was not there to do makeovers. I explained that my hope was to help each client recognize their individual beauty. We went into the difference between the "beauty" advertised by the media and magazines, versus the "beauty" that comes from within.
The clients were eager to hear my thoughts as well as share their own experiences and challenges with wanting to look like themselves as opposed to what the media says they should look like. I shared my views on how from my experience, we can sometimes stifle our personal self expression to fit in.
We also discussed hair care techniques, as well as having me come into the shelter to be their in-house hair stylist. The clients were very open to the idea, which really made me happy:)
Towards the end we all, especially their kids, enjoyed the cupcakes that were donated by my friends at Sara & Kates Cakery located at 1691 3rd Ave, on the Upper East Side.
Lee & Maries Cakery Company, They were delicious!!
Heather Hannon for donating the books!
All in all it was a successful evening filled with love, education and new friends! If you would like to help feel free to contact me and together we will help the clients of Women-in-Need. I am so excited!
Thank you everyone for all your support!!!