Have you ever heard the phrase, “beauty comes from within?” For six women from the Mā‘ili Land Transitional Shelter, October 7, 2013 was a day when their beauty was expressed from the inside and outside as they were treated to a very special makeover. When Debra, manager at Regis Hair Salon of Kapolei, approached her team with the idea of closing the salon and providing a free makeover for six women from the Ka Pa‘alana Program, the staff was all for it. Debra shared that her team has such a heart to serve their community. Each of them enjoys giving back and it makes them feel good. Regis Salon in Kapolei has been serving the community for more than ten years. Their mission statement is, “To make people feel great and look their best.” By the end of the day, that is exactly how each and every one of the six women felt.
The six women were selected for their selfless dedication to their families, and commitment to the Ka Pa‘alana Family Education Program at Mā‘ili Land Transitional Shelter. Brenda Teanio, Patrice Ramos, Dawnyell Silva, Jobina Langidrik, Copper Lanoza-Morrison, and Theresa “Tassey” Niau were all ecstatic to find out that they were selected to take part in such an amazing day of relaxation and pampering.
Upon arriving at the salon the women were excited and anxious, but their nerves melted away as the seven stylists welcomed them with openness and professionalism. The salon was adorned with vases of pink, red, and yellow roses, and each woman received a pink rose donated by Noelani Watson. Pupus and pink sparkling drinks were served, and lunch was generously provided by En Fuego Grill. Each woman also received a “swag bag” filled with beauty products they could use at home.
As the day ended, each woman expressed their gratitude and thanked their stylist. Aunty Tassey expressed that she was grateful for all they did, and that it built up her self-esteem. Dawnyell said, “Positive things, makes us have positive feelings.” The other women chimed in and said they felt really special, and that they were grateful and felt good about doing self-care.
On behalf of the Ka Pa‘alana staff and the women at Mā‘ili Land Transitional Shelter we would like to thank Debra and the hair stylists at Regis Salon in Kapolei for so generously donating your time and talents. Your gift to these women will be remembered and spoken about in many conversations as they recall that day they felt beautiful inside and out. May your business continue to prosper and may you continue to touch many hearts.