Excerpt from Voyage Dallas Magazine – May 30, 2019
In October of 2014, I decided to take my next step and join Panther City Salon as a lease stylist, it was a scary leap for me at the time but I knew it was the right step I needed. While continuing to build my clientele at Panther City Salon, Mandy Skaggs was referred to me and this is when I found my purpose. Mandy is head of a non-profit organization called House of Hope for Autism. What they do is basically help with the social isolation that comes with a diagnosis on the spectrum. Mandy asked me if I would be willing to help her and I was ecstatic.
In January of 2017, we had our first sensory haircut party hosted out of her house. That was the day that changed my outlook on life. It took two stylist and six handlers to complete our first haircut. It required speed patience trust and being able to cut at all angles. Today, that same kiddo stands in front of one stylist and gets his haircut like a champ.
From that first day, we have evolved into opening the salon the first Sunday of every other month for sensory cuts. We turn off the lights the music and pretty much let the kids roam the salon and get comfortable and then proceed to cut their hair. People don’t understand how big of a deal this is to the 10 families we currently have. I’m always spreading the word and inviting as many families as possible to these events. I have a couple of stylists that volunteer their time with me and I’m forever grateful because it definitely takes a village. But at the end of those Sunday’s, the three hours of my time I give up for those families is worth it time and time again.
I’m super thankful to be in a salon that allows me the freedom to host these families and to help be the little bit of normalcy in their lives.
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