The Gift of Opportunity – Job TrainingJanuary 4, 2017
I am the owner of my own business, and the mother of three children.
I have been in this industry for over twenty years. If you were to ask me why I feel so passionately about my craft, I would have to tell you simply that I get to change lives through hairdressing. I have had the privilege of sharing in some of my guests’ happiest days, and unfortunately in some of the saddest. You can make someone feel amazing about themselves by just changing their hair. Sometimes changing the color of a woman’s hair can give her the confidence she needs to go out and take on the day. As hairstylists, we touch lives.
Early on, my family saw my love of hairstyling even before I realized it in myself. Growing up, we went through some pretty rough years. There were times when I did not know if there was enough food to eat, if we would have running water, or even where I was going to stay. My father told me, “You need to have a trade, Jen. You can go anywhere if you have a skill.” Because of his advice, I always had hope that things would get better. Hope is a powerful thing.
When I learned about SheHopes, I heard the stories of women and girls around the world who need the opportunity to learn a skill, just like I did. Right now we are developing training videos for women in Kenya and India to use as they learn the hairstyling as well. What a wonderful opportunity! If I can share my love of hairdressing with others, and give them hope by teaching them a skill, who knows what they can accomplish!
After reading about the needs of schoolgirls in Kenya, we had to do something. We can’t just let our little sisters around the world miss out on a chance to learn at school because they don’t have sanitary pads and underwear! We’re going to fix that.
That’s why Vivian and I are have exciting news for our Forever After Studio client family! During the month of May, we are collecting underwear to be given to these precious girls! Clients who bring in packages of new underwear, (3T toddler sizes through adult sizes), will be given a voucher for 15% off at their next appointment – good for all services (hair, nails, and waxing)! Everyone who donates will be entered in a drawing for a beautiful handmade purse from Kenya!
We can’t do everything, we can all do a little something to help – and if we work together, we really can change the world!
Life, light, & HOPE,
Jen Gordon – Forever After Studio
2243 N. Tyler Rd. Wichita, Kansas 67205