The staff at Tangles Salon and Day Spa is feeling particularly thankful this year. In May, the salon became the first and only Hello Gorgeous! affiliate in the state of Ohio and has been blessing women battling cancer with surprise ambush-style makeovers ever since. “It’s really special,” says Mandi Waggoner, a cosmetologist at Tangles Salon, “As a cosmetologist I want to help people feel better about themselves. These makeovers do even more, they change the woman’s entire outlook.”
Hello Gorgeous! is a non-profit organization that provides professional makeovers for women battling cancer. The staff at Tangles learned about the organization at an Aveda conference earlier this year and immediately knew they wanted to be apart of it. To become a Hello Gorgeous! affiliate Tangles salon had to prove they were a good fit for the organization. A trainer worked with the salon, focusing especially on good sanitation so as not to compromise the health of the individuals receiving makeovers. It took about four months to become a Hello Gorgeous! partner.
How it works:
Friends and family can nominate any woman battling cancer, whether she is newly diagnosed or six months post treatment at hellogorgeous.org. Hello Gorgeous! and the Tangles staff work together to select a makeover recipient and begin planning the big event. On the day of the makeover, Tangles Salon rolls out the red carpet, literally. The staff greets the makeover recipient at the door with flowers, chocolate, and a red carpet for the big surprise; yelling “Hello Gorgeous!” as she walks through the door. A “before” photo is taken and then she is whisked away for a facial, manicure/pedicure, makeup application, hair color or wig styling, and finally to select a new outfit complete with shoes, jewelry, and a purse from Maurices. Everything is complimentary.
After receiving a makeover, Betsy Hall of Findlay writes, “I cannot simplify what this Hello Gorgeous day means to me! Cancer has taken it’s toll over my body-I will not allow it to take over my spirit” on the Hello Gorgeous! canvas at Tangles salon. The salon staff continues to hear about the impact of the makeovers, “some of the women or even their family members come in months after a makeover, talking about how special the day was for them.” To date, Tangles Salon has completed three Hello Gorgeous! makeovers. The staff at Tangles has big plans for the program, hoping to up the frequency of makeovers to one per month and to work with Cancer Patient Services to pamper patients and caregivers alike. “We just love doing this,” says Waggoner.