Beauty Bar & Salon might look like an ordinary place to get your hair cut, coloured and blown out, but once a month it transforms into something remarkable.
One Monday per month, women with cancer flock to the New York salon for some primping and pampering — free of cost.
Hugs greet them at the door before they settle in to get their hair or wig trimmed and styled. An artist flawlessly applies their makeup before prettily manicuring their nails. Oh and let’s not forget that a masseuse is always on hand to soothe out tired muscles.
“When you are diagnosed with cancer you feel as if you are instantly transformed from being a person to being a sick person. Your life becomes about battling your disease, the emotional and physical strain of which can be overwhelming. These Mondays have offered her a break and a chance to get back in touch with what feels good in her life.” — Huffington Post
The program is an extension of Sole Ryeders & Friends, a volunteer-driven organization which provides and supports local cancer-related programs. It’s obvious this goes way beyond a simple haircut. Women battling this tough disease are able to meet people going through the same thing. According to the Huffington Post, many of the practitioners and volunteers are cancer survivors and that means the world to the clients.
“In this way the survivors seem to be gently pulling these women through, giving them hope by showing them what it looks like from the other side.”
If that doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, we don’t know what will.
Now if only we could get one of these events going in every Canadian city. Let’s make it happen, folks!