The gift of style

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Sue Hilliard cuts Alyssa Fouse's hair, left, Saturday while Marsha Barbari styles Carolyn Meyer's hair at Walker United Methodist Church. Women were offered complimentary hair cuts and massages for Mothers Day.
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Sue Hilliard cuts Alyssa Fouse's hair, left, Saturday while Marsha Barbari styles Carolyn Meyer's hair at Walker United Methodist Church. Women were offered complimentary hair cuts and massages for Mothers Day.

Makeovers, massages give moms morale boost

Karla Waddell dashed around the fellowship hall of Walker United Methodist Church on Saturday, checking on stylists, chatting with eager moms and giving a massage to Pat Lee.

Waddell, the owner of Salon Dolce, in Baton Rouge, was one of four stylists who volunteered at the Mother’s Day makeover event designed to give area moms a chance to relax and receive renewed confidence, both inside and out.

Despite the rainy weather, more than half-a-dozen moms lined up for the chance to receive a free hair style and a massage during the third annual event.

Four stylists, including some from Marsha’s Hair Salon in Baton Rouge, volunteered their time to give free haircuts and massages to the moms, makeover organizer Sue Hilliard said.

Alyssa Fouse, of Livingston, had been looking for that special gift for her mom, Resi Schneider, of Walker, when she saw a notice in the newspaper about the free makeovers.

“I thought it was a great way to help out and bring my mom for the makeover,” Fouse said.

“It was a way to treat my mom,” Fouse said. “She’s been there for me my whole life. She’s a good mom, and I wanted to do something for her to make her feel good about herself for all that’s she’s done for me.”

Schneider, who received “a few inches off the bottom and some framing around her face,” said she loves her new look.

“I’m enjoying myself tremendously,” Schneider said. “And my daughter doing something like this for me just really made me feel special. And, I like my haircut.”

Church member Carolyn Meyer spearheaded a simultaneous charity garage sale but also enjoyed the makeover perks.

“I was here so I took advantage of it,” Meyer said. As she received a massage, Meyer said the free Mother’s Day makeover event aims to help mothers relax and feel good about themselves.

“It just relieves tension, and makes them aware of where they might be holding tension,” Waddell said of the massages. “It makes them feel better. Human touch is just better for people’s well being. I can’t give a lot of money but I can give my time.”

Waddell will also give of her time and talents during the free Father’s Day makeover event, and during back-to-school haircuts, two other services provided by Hilliard as way to reach out to the community.

She said she hopes events like the free makeovers attract people who don’t belong to a church and make them comfortable attending.

“Some people have a hang up about going to the dentist and then, they can overcome that fear,” Hilliard said. “And some people may have a hang up about going to a church. But, maybe if they can go to a church for something like this then maybe they will feel more comfortable.”

Hilliard and the hairdressers will be back at work at the church the Saturday before Father’s Day for their annual Father’s Day makeover event.

Hilliard said the group will provide free haircuts, massages and pedicures to all dads.

Their annual, free back-to-school haircuts will be in August, Hilliard said.