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Stylish ‘do’ for Santa; Young stylists provide haircuts for students

Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
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HELPING HANDS – Members of the Shears of Steele Cosmetology academy (back row) Faith Smith, teacher Gabriella Lochridge, Norma Mauricio, Anthony Carmona, teacher Heather Fowler, Chloe Chapman and (front row) Cadence Dea and Erin Eldridge provided haircuts for Seven Hills Elementary students Dec. 1. Submitted photo

Last Saturday, Kay-Lynn Rogers and several of her Shears of Steele classmates had special guests fill their chairs to get a fresh look for their holiday pictures.

TAKING A LITTLE OFF – Faith Smith and Tatum Velasquez provides haircuts to elementary students during Seven Hills’ Breakfast with Santa event. Submitted photo

The cosmetology students provided free haircuts to Seven Hills students at the Newark campus’ Breakfast with Santa.

“It was so cool to see them walk up to the gym and ask, ‘What’s in here? We were like haircuts.’ They were like, ‘Oh my gosh!'” Rogers said. “They were so excited. It was super cute.”

The young stylists provided haircuts and braiding for close to 50 students.

The appearance at Seven Hills and an upcoming outing Dec. 15 at the Breakfast with Santa at Prairie View Elementary in Rhome is part of the group’s ongoing effort to provide community service. Every year, the cosmetology class also provides haircuts during the district’s back-to-school event.

“We like to give back to the community,” said Faith Smith, a former Prairie View student who will be at next weekend’s event.

Cadence Dea has led the effort to branch out and provide a service to the community with her outreach “Haircuts for Humanity.”

“I decided to put out a community service event and coordinated with another woman who did a similar thing,” Dea explained. “She put beauty baskets together and went out and gave haircuts to the homeless community. I wanted to make that my own and bring that here to Steele. I put out flyers and named it Haircuts for Humanity. I went to the Roanoke food pantry and went to Walmart and passed them out and told them to come in. It was pretty successful but expanding it to the elementary schools helped a lot.”

HAPPY CUSTOMER – A Seven Hills student wears a smile as Angela Lopez styles her hair. Submitted photo

Northwest ISD Executive Director of Communications Emily Conklin reached out with the opportunity to provide the haircuts at the Wise County elementary campuses.

Heather Fowler, Steele Shears instructor and facilitator, said it was a perfect fit for her students and their outreach.

Several of her seniors who took part at the Seven Hills event, Dea, Rogers, Faith Smith and Norma Mauricio have 900 hours in the program and will likely hit 1,000 before the end of the month.

“They will be licensed in May when they graduate,” Fowler said.

At Seven Hills, some girls brought holiday bows to put in their hair for pictures after their trip through the salon.

“The parents were happy with the haircuts,” Smith said. “And you could tell the kids were happy too. They had a new level of confidence before they got their pictures with Santa.”

Dea added: “It was fun with the parents being there too. They would sit there and watch the whole thing. And for me it was a confidence booster when they said, ‘Wow, look at that.’ It was also super helpful when the kids get wiggly.”

The cosmetology students also enjoyed the opportunity to interact with their young customers.

“It’s definitely fun to get to know each of the kids in the chair,” Rogers said.

The group hopes for another big turnout next week when they get their scissors out at Prairie View.

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