“Done right, a blunt bob is always flattering. You can have a longer bob with more ways to style it, and the blunt cut creates thickness. But I don’t recommend changing the length of your hair from super long to short overnight. That causes stress and is unnecessary. Additionally, people are embracing their silver/gray hair, and many silver haired clients have opted for a beautiful, rich glaze on their locks to give it shine and bounce.”
Spring is just around the corner...and with that comes the itch to throw out the old and bring in the new. For me, I really wanted to do something different with my hair. My length was getting boring and I had been wanting to add a natural highlight as well.
Three women last month received makeovers at a Gayborhood salon to boost their confidence in the workplace.
To celebrate 10 years in business, Andre Richard Salon partnered with Career Wardrobeto offer hair and makeup services to the latter’s clients. Career Wardrobe is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides professional-development programs as well as clothing at no cost via referral or for a small fee. The organization assists in boosting individuals’ confidence during their job search.
Drea Richard, owner of Andre Richard Salon, said the point of these makeovers was to make the women “look good and feel good.
“Not everyone knows how good they can look because they may not know how to do it and then once they get them there, they open up,” said Richard, who is trans.
Richard noted that the three women “lit up” after receiving their makeovers.
“The girls have been through a lot and the makeovers really kind of boosted them up and Career Wardrobe is amazing. They are really helping them.”
In addition to providing the space for the makeovers, Andre Richard Salon also donated 20 percent of proceeds from the salon’s blowout services to Career Wardrobe throughout December. The final donation amount was not available by presstime.
Jackie Schrauger, Career Wardrobe’s program director, said most of the organization’s clients are single moms who “don’t really get a chance to focus on themselves.”
“Taking time to go to a salon and spend money and time there on themselves instead of on their children is often something that they don’t get to do. It was really exciting that someone extended that kind of service to our clients and gave them that chance to feel special.”
The three clients — Nicole Brinson, Melissa McDermott and Tyiraeen Propst-Heath — were not available for comment but Schrauger said she thinks the makeovers on Dec. 19 “helped immensely.”
“From knowing these three clients pretty well, they have definitely faced some adversity in their lives — whether it’s personal or struggling to find a job that’s a good fit with a family-sustaining wage. I think having someone take the time to make them feel beautiful and focus on themselves for a little while instead of worrying about their kids or other things like that, I think was a huge boost.
“If you’ve ever gotten your hair done or gotten a really great new outfit, you leave feeling like a new person. I think all of them definitely got a boost of feeling a little more polished, a little more professional while feeling like they’ve been fussed over for a little while. All of those things definitely go a long way toward making someone feel a lot more confident and ready to get back out there.”
Almost a month after the makeover, the women are starting to see results. Schrauger said one of the clients is continuing to attend job-fair readiness workshops at Career Wardrobe and is continuing to network at various fairs.
Additionally, Career Wardrobe ultimately hired McDermott as a sales assistant.
“She’s part-time for now but hopefully in the future, we’ll be able to expand her hours. She certainly was confident in her interview with us,” Schrauger said. “I think having a boost from having had a makeover and a positive experience with us definitely gave her the confidence to help nail that job interview.”
André Richard Salon is a full-service salon based in Philadelphia. The staff can do everything, including men and women's haircuts, color, Keratin treatment, hair extensions, and wedding styling. The owner of André Richard Salon, Dréa Richard Baldini has over two decades of experience in the industry and is available for appointments.
PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A local organization is giving back with the gift of confidence by providing makeovers to people in need of a confidence boost.
Before we could even ask the first question it was clear that talking about overcoming obstacles during the holidays was going to be hard for Nicole Brinson.
“I had my three kids which my husband wanted, we’ve been together since I was ten years old, only person I was ever with. When I was 27 he passed away from an asthma attack when he was 28,” Nicole explained.
“I suffered from addiction trying to numb my pain, I also felt like I wasn’t worth nothing so I didn’t want to be here. I thought my kids were better off with somebody else,” she added.
But, Nicole found people who cared about her. She worked with Career Wardrobe who helps with job training and professional clothing and this holiday season, things are getting better.
So what do you give someone who’s had a rough year, worked hard to overcome and looking to start 2018 on a positive note? Drea Richard of Andre Richard salon says maybe you give them hope.
“I’m doing it because this is the best way I know how to give back. Giving the gift of beauty,” Drea explained.
Drea and her Salon decided to give makeovers today to Melissa, Tyiraeen and Nicole. They all worked closely with Career Wardrobe and are all now ready to pursue a career. And what do you need to start that career or ace that job interview?
All of the recipients said confidence goes a long way.
Everyone’s story wasn’t as tragic as Nicole’s. Tyireaan wants to start a business and needed an edge, Melissa just wants some stability. But as superficial as it may seem to some, you could see the transformation they went through in just a few hours.
Drea said your appearance can change everything.
“You kind of clean some of the clutter out of the way and you get to see who you really are,” Drea said.
The before and after pics were startling and the positive feelings of all of the young women put a smile on everyone’s face.
Drea Richard and Career Wardrobe in some small way helped these three women on their way with the gift of confidence, For Goodness Sake.
So you’ve been holding back on buying your DevaCurl Low Poo, Redken shampoo, and Pureology hydrating conditioner, because — let’s face it, girls — that stuff is pricey.
This Labor Day weekend, however, you can buy your expensive hair goop and support a good cause.
Today through Monday, Drea Richard, owner of Andre Richard Salon at 130 Chestnut St., will donate 100 percent of product sales to Hurricane Harvey victims. That also includes shampoo and conditioner designed especially to keep Keratin blow-out slick and shiny and ARS product (Andre Richard Salon private label).
The storm came ashore in Texas last weekend as a Category 4 hurricane and has pounded the Gulf Coast throughout the week with rain and wind. At least 20 people have died and thousands have been evacuated due to rising flood waters.
“We are all so touched and devastated by what’s being called ‘one of the largest disasters America has ever faced,'" owner Drea Richard said in a statement. “I’m happy to do my part to help the many victims in Houston. It is just heart-wrenching.”
The salon is taking appointments and walk-ins are also welcomed.
For more information, call the salon at 215-735-1590. Visit André Richard Salon at 130 Chestnut St.
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