By Patricia Beech –
Stylists from three area salons on Friday, Dec. 17 took part in a Christmas benefit hosted by Sizo’s Salon at Peebles Elementary School.
Mandy Knechtly, owner of the Peebles-based Sizo’s, spearheaded the styling event that in three hours provided nearly 40 haircuts and 56 manicures to participating children.
“It’s been a great day,” said Knechtly. “I cannot put into words how glad I am we were all able to do this.”
Participating students were required to have parental permission, and parents were invited to make recommendations about the style of haircut.
PES Principal Amanda Lamb said she loved the idea when Knechtly presented it to her.
“I thought it was awesome,” said Lamb. “It’s going very smoothly – the stylists seem thrilled to be here helping, and I’m very pleased with the number of kids we’ve been able to include in this activity.”
With less than two weeks to organize the event, Knechtly says she had to hit the ground running.
“I called several local stylists and most of them were really enthusiastic about the idea,” she said. “We met with our manicurist and decided to do a haircut/fingernail stylist day for the kids.”
Knecthly’s all-volunteer staff included: Stephanie McCoy, owner of Sheer Magic salon; manicurists stylists Camryn Fraley and Sierra Stone from Shear Magic Salon; Kate Ryan, owner of the Studio 50 Salon in Hillsboro; and Sizo’s stylists Rosa Munoz, Justin Davis, Knechtly, and Amanda Higginbotham.
“We’re all having a blast,” said Sizo stylist Justin Davis. “These kids are awesome.”
Knechtly says her inspiration for the styling event was to give kids an experience they might be totally new to them.
“For kids who get their hair clipped at home and who might never have been to an actual salon, this is a fun and self-empowering thing to do for them. I’m incredibly grateful to Mrs. Lamb, the stylists and manicurists, and the kids who were willing to come down today and let us style their hair and do their nails for the holidays.”
“We’ll have them ready for Christmas,” said McCoy, who was clipping a third-grader’s hair. “This is so much fun, all of us working together to make kids look beautiful for Christmas.”