Every little girl, every teen, and every grown woman dreams of being “made-over.” And every prisoner dreams of it too. After all, inmates dress in ugly orange uniforms, have hair cuts from inmate “barbers” with no scissors, only clippers, have minimal hair care products and no color allowed. Make up is minimal too. The inmate store sells one color of lipstick, a sort of “purpley” reddish color that is hideous with orange. It’s all pretty depressing if you want to feel pretty.
So imagine my delight last week when my friend Neesy asked me to join her in a make-over for breast cancer survivors. As an eight year cancer survivor, I am just happy to be alive. Made-over sounded like heaven. We were to get the “works” from that very chic salon, Mane Attraction, and then appear on Channel 3 ( http://www.azfamily.com/on-tv/your-life/ ) to show off the before and after looks. I was thrilled to be so pampered.
And pampered we were. We got cuts, color and make up. Marissa approached my hair like she was creating a work of art and I felt like she was cutting each hair individually. She consulted with the owner, Kendall Ong, who is THE EXPERT on color and they decided “brighter, deeper, and richer” would go with my skin tone and eyes. Who knew?
Next I got beautiful make up by Megan, the salon expert who gave me amazing eyes and a very nice skin tone. I asked her if she could do something about the wrinkles, but she only had a mascara wand, not a magic one.
Finally, Kendall put the finishing touches on both of us and off we went in our magic carriage, I mean mini-van to the studio. Filming with Lisa Haffner, host of Your Life A to Z was great fun. She’s a real pro and it was obvious that she and Kendall worked well together. Neesy and I weren’t miked. Our challenge was to stand still and smile, not as easy as it sounds.
It was all over in four minutes. Neesy and I are so grateful for all the loving attention we received from Kendall’s team at Mane Attraction. They must be very content working in such a lovely environment and making people look beautiful. It’s a little like being a fairy godmother. I definitely felt like a princess. I just wish I could wave Kendall’s magic wand over the entire Perryville prison and make-over everyone there. Now that would be true magic.