RICHFIELD - Some bobby pins and hair spray will give girls heading to the prom a new look. It also will give hope to teen girls in Indonesia as a Richfield salon sponsors an event known as Go Glam.
Your Hair Till Eternity salon opened its doors earlier this year along Main Street in Richfield. Owners Kristen Kreider and Nikki Barner say they want to sponsor the Go Glam event to bring awareness to the sex trafficking problem in Indonesia and other parts of the world including the United States.
For a $20 donation young women can get their prom hair style, and/or a make-up make over for a $10 donation. All proceeds from the donations received will go to benefit Compassion First, an organization that aids young girls caught up in the world of sex trafficking by helping them escape to a safer environment and providing the resources they need to achieve a better life.
Sentinel photo by Tabitha Goodling
Salon owner Nikki Barner of Your Hair Till Eternity completes a new hair style for East Juniata High School student Sara Samples, 15, of Thompsontown.
Kreider was a missionary with the group a year ago as a cosmetology teacher. She taught girls who had formerly worked in the sex trafficking industry in an effort to help them find employment. Kreider - who will return to Indonesia this October to work with the young women - said her prior experience had a profound impact on her life, and she is anxious to support Compassion First here at home as well.
"The girls in Indonesia were incredibly receptive to learning cosmetology. They were so excited and eager. Two of the girls went on to further their education in cosmetology and are working toward being employed in a salon," Kreider said.
"It was an awesome opportunity to teach them these skills. It was practical skills that they could take with them. Even if they didn't want to do that profession for the rest of their lives, they now knew how to perform different haircuts. Coming from poverty stricken families, they were so thankful," she explained.
Barner said she was ready to help any way she could, and was ready to open the doors of their new shop and spread the word. And while it may be a sacrifice for a new business to leap into such a large fundraiser, Barner said she is not worried.
"Most prom 'dos are just about time," Barner said, "It's basically bobby pins and hair spray."
The shop is even offering the hair styles for free to anyone who cannot afford a donation. Barner said area residents wanting to support Compassion First can do so by donating money for a young woman to come to the salon. Checks can be made out to Your Hair Till Eternity and sent to 820 Main Street, P.O. Box 74, Richfield, PA 17086.
The Go Glam special is available for East Juniata and Juniata High School May Day events as well.
The ladies ask that interested girls call the salon at one of these numbers: (717) 694-0180 or (570) 541-1674 for an appointment. It is suggested girls show up with dry hair not recently washed - and should plan for the appointment to last about an hour.
Compassion First's mission will be explained to those who come for the appointment, Kreider said.
"We will be touching on this ministry when the girls come in to our salon. We also have the opportunity to share with them how fortunate they are to be able to attend their prom,"she said. "And with that opportunity to attend, they need to make wise decisions and make it a prom that they will remember because of the good things."