In honor of Veterans Day 2016, Paul Mitchell School Sherman Oaks and nonprofit Makeovers That Matter hosted the 3rd Annual Military Makeover Event, completely pampering 22 female veterans. The women are graduates from MTM’s Mindset Program, a program that supports economically disadvantaged female veterans and military caregivers with the preparation they need to step back into the community through a makeover from the inside out. It is a 12 session course to not only find a job, but an actual career. Courses include: mental health, diet/nutrition and exercise, yoga/mindfulness, hair and makeup tutorial, wardrobe styling, financial literacy, women’s health, home organization and mock interviews.
The Paul Mitchell School provided hair color and hair styling, The EI Makeup School of Hollywood provided makeup, and Orly LA provided manicures.
The women also enjoyed lunch and the traditional goodie bag full of hair products, tools and surprises. In addition, The Headshot Truck provided the female veterans with professional photos to use in their employment search.
We spoke to Veteran Faye Birts about her day at Paul Mitchell School with Makeovers That Matter. Since Faye has been in transitional housing, she has not been able to afford beauty services. Faye shares how the experience uplifted her spirits and helped her feel good as she gets ready to prepare for job interviews.
The nonprofit was founded by Michael John, in 2012, while giving back to the community through styling hair for the homeless in Hollywood. “Helping these women feel better about themselves was such an amazing and fulfilling experience,” Michael John said, “it really inspired me to try and take it just a little bit further.”