* One year ago today ...
I, along with many of my senior team were in a van driving to Paradise, CA. We had not written or talked about the journey, but it had been planned for some time. Two months after this disaster happened, a young woman by the name of Audrey Lansdown @littleprettyy reached out to me on Instagram and begged for whatever help we could give her. She was trying to find the hairdressers who’s lives were forever changed the day a deadly fire destroyed their community. She couldn’t stand by and watch her community be forgotten. This is today’s news, but tomorrow there will be another disaster and we’ll all move on- even from something as deadly as this. We have short term memories after all. It’s so easy to say it’s not our problem, it didn’t affect us, or we have our own problems to deal with. I could have easily pretended not to see her email and her DM like the 40 other media and manufacturers she contacted THAT DID NOT EVEN RESPOND! But it is our problem. It is our tragedy. We are a family of hairdressers and when one of our own needs our help, we need to do what we can. So as she gathered those who were in need, we reached out to all the manufacturers to donate tools and products to help these hairdressers in this small community get back on their feet, so they would know their community had not forgotten about them. We don’t know what to expect or how this day will eventually affect us. Twelve years ago when Vidal Sassoon and I started Hairdressers Unlocking Hope after Katrina and built 22 houses in Slidell, LA, I know the experience of seeing the devastation and meeting all the families changed me forever. It made me wake up with gratitude for everything I had, especially on the worst days, because it’s those days when gratitude is the only thing that keeps you going. Wanted to share this....so you can be part of us reaching our hands into the darkness to pull other hands (and hearts) into the light. 🙏🏼 @marybehindthechair #behindthechair
A very special Thank-you to @amikapro @paulmitchellpro @tigicopyright @colortrak @sevenhaircare @schwarzkopfusa @frommpro @ultabeauty @victorybrandproducts @farouksystems #btcbelieves #gratitude #paradisestrong