SOUTH OGDEN -- A single mother who worked two jobs to move herself and her children from homelessness into a safe environment got a free beauty makeover Monday.
Two teenage girls, who are foster children and who have survived through difficult circumstances, also got the same reward.
The three were among 24 women and girls and one small boy who received free haircuts, hair dying, hair styling, eyebrow waxing, manicures and makeup lessons Monday as the Panache Salon opened up on its regular day off to serve those in need.
Each client was offered more than $100 in services.
"I like that it's going to make them more confident and feel good," said North Ogden resident Tricia Shepherd, who owns the salon.
"They have to be on their own and survive. Hair gives you that confidence."
Shepherd said in the past her salon has donated gift certificates for services there to the Christmas Box House so officials could sell them to raise money.
This year, the stylists wanted to do something that brought those in need into their salon.
"I think this is neat, so we can actually serve the people in need," she said.
Ten women who received the treatments came from Your Community Connection. Eleven came from the Department of Child and Family Services, and another three were nominated from among the community.
A little boy came along with his mother, and stylists put him through the program as well, giving him a haircut.
"We wanted to help moms who put themselves last," said Brooke Bailey, a former Riverdale resident who is a stylist at the salon.
"Sometimes it's not just about the hair. They can go and have that little bit more self-confidence."
Darsi Short, a stylist from Ogden, said she was already excited to expand the effort next year by inviting stylists from other salons.
"Let's all team up and do a massive beauty day," she said.
Short was excited, as she helped organize the event, but said that was nothing compared to how she felt Monday.
"I walked in with the biggest goose bumps, seeing everybody," she said.
"It's so great. It's like a gift they'll have every day."