Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth’s salon floor was buzzing with its usual load of clients on Thursday, May 7, but there was extra excitement on this particular day because a crew from Twin Cities Live was on its way to the campus.
The local lifestyle show recently partnered with MN Adopt for a weekly segment called “Kid Connection,” which shines a spotlight on children who are looking for permanent homes. In Minnesota alone, there are currently 600 school-aged kids who are living in foster care. One of those kids is 13-year-old Chanel, who loves giving makeovers. Twin Cities Live asked the students at Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) to help give Chanel a fun experience by treating her to her own day of pampering.
“A makeover can change your whole attitude and make you feel really good,” explained Amos Thomsen, school manager at Minnesota School of Cosmetology. “We’re excited to be able to do this for Chanel.”
Upon Chanel’s arrival at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson sat down to get to know her a little better. In addition to her love for fashion, Chanel said has a passion for drawing and wants to go to school to become an artist. That creativity was reflected in her new look, which included bright colors and unique styles.
To begin, MSC student Marquitta Woods gave Chanel a shorter, edgier haircut and used a flat iron to style it similar to a photo Chanel had shown her. Per Chanel’s request, Marquitta finished by giving her red tips using temporary hair chalk.
For her makeup, student Reca Reeves gave Chanel a fresh, natural look, using a pink gloss on her lips. Finally, Chanel’s spa treatment wasn’t complete without a manicure and pedicure. Yameika Gilleylen and Sheyen Vang applied the purple and lime green polish Chanel chose for her nails and added flower decals to her toes.
After taking a group photo with her stylists, Chanel left the salon with a new look, a few new beauty products and a boost of confidence.
“You look like you’re ready to walk the runway!” said Chanel’s social worker.
Watch the Twin Cities Live segment.