Hope House hopes to open the salon Monday to Thursday with volunteer hairdressers
Hope House’s long-running salon service is looking for volunteer hairstylists to fill their hours.
“We’ve had this salon service almost as long as we’ve had Hope House,” said Nicole Barrette, volunteer and placement coordinator at Hope House.
Pam Urry opened the salon at Hope House nine years ago and called it Hope Stylin’ Hair Salon. She and other volunteers would set up every Wednesday.
After Urry’s 13-year-old son killed himself due to bullying, she ended up in Hope House’s Griefwalk program. She thought it would be a good idea to provide haircuts to students returning to school.
Urry left the show in August, so Hope House is looking for volunteers.
“We really haven’t been able to rebuild because hairstylists have struggled so much during COVID and that’s a big call,” Barrette said.
Ideally, Barrette said she hopes the salon will be open Monday through Thursday if they get enough volunteers.
At the moment, the salon is open every other Monday and is staffed by two volunteer stylists.
Bethany Gier has been a stylist for over 13 years and runs her own salon called The Little Salon.
In the fall of 2021, Gier began fundraising for living room supplies for Hope House. In January 2022, the show had everything it needed to be a full-fledged show. Mirrors, chair, hair washing station, scissors, hair dryer, etc.
“We could have more stylists with less burnout and more involvement,” Gier said. “I think it would be great for the community and for all the salons in Guelph to get involved.”
With a larger fleet of stylists, they can serve more clients at the Hope House salon, Gier said.
“We are looking for authorized people and we want them to recognize that they will serve a diverse population. We’re looking for non-judgmental, easy-going, approachable and personable stylists who are willing to get to know our entire community,” Barrette said.
Before COVID, 50 people a month came to get their hair cut. Now, with limited stylist availability, 20 people a month come through the doors.
“It’s a pay what you can, including zero with a suggested donation of $3 for adults and for ages 12 and under nothing, no suggested donation for them,” they said.
There are no eligibility requirements for those accessing the service, although Hope House encourages people to become a registered member of the community so they can access more services.
“We really believe in this look good, feel good. And that human connection you get when someone works on your hair and gives you a good wash and blow-dry to make you look your best and feel your best,” Barrette said.
Many people who use the service struggle with self-care, whether it’s mobility issues or taking care of their own hair. The service is essential for some people, Barrette said.
“We have a lot of people coming to rebuild their lives in different ways applying for apartments and jobs. Right now, people are really looking for back to school. »
“It’s definitely a social community event when you come to get your hair cut. It’s not just the haircut everyone is discussing,” Barrette said.