SHERIDAN — Five Sheridan women were treated to a makeover Saturday morning at Curl Up and Dye salon on Main Street.
Owner and stylist Heather Peterson said she was interested in hosting a makeover day after seeing similar events on television.
“I’ve wanted to do this for years,” she said. “I thought it would be so much fun. You always see the extreme makeovers on TV and I thought it would be fun to do locally. Whether it was people who were feeling bad about themselves, or it was a financial thing or just someone who needs a pick me up.”
To find candidates who were interested in receiving a makeover, the salon partnered with the Sheridan Angels, a local group that facilitates good deeds for local residents. The salon put out the word on the Sheridan Angels Facebook page, and 35 people responded.
“I had no idea what to expect,” Peterson said. “I was hoping we would get more than three but to get that many was nice. The Sheridan Angels page is all about paying it forward and doing things to help others. You need to do things out of the kindness of your heart and I thought it (Sheridan Angels) would be the greatest venue to get the word out because the people on that page are like that anyway.”
Peterson said every person suggested for a makeover had a different story and reason for wanting to participate. One woman was nominated by her husband, who said she was a new mom and facing some stressful situations and would benefit from some “TLC.” Another women wrote in that she has always felt like a “before” picture and really wanted to be an “after” picture.
Peterson added that narrowing down the candidates was difficult, but she and the other stylists in the shop managed to get the number to eight women and one youth.
“Me and the girls sat down and read all the stories and we just picked who we wanted to do their hair,” she said. “We were all in tears after reading these.”
The ladies assembled at the salon Saturday morning and spent most of the day getting their hair cut, colored, styled and makeup applied. The makeover day was originally scheduled for Oct. 5 but was postponed due to the snowstorm. Because not all the women could make the rescheduled date of Oct. 19, some made earlier or later appointments.
Peterson said she hopes to make the event more regular, with at least two makeover days per year.
“I knew the changes were going to be good, but when I saw the photos, I was taken back over how much it changed their looks,” Peterson said. “I think they all felt beautiful. Each one of them deserves to feel beautiful. It was an awesome experience to do this service for them. Next time, I’d like to get some other businesses involved and make it an event to reveal the ‘after’ looks in a runway type show.”