Recently we were fortunate enough to attend a truly inspired event at Covenant House Texas that not only taught us about the fine art of makeup artistry and hairstyling but the magnificent lesson that sharing one’s skills can change truly lives.
Covenant House Texas opened its doors in 1983 to provide shelter for homeless, abused and abandoned youth ages 18 – 24. Covenant House offers a care model for homeless youth including everything from mental health and substance abuse counseling, to educational and vocational training, and providing the basic necessities of food, clothing, medical care and safe shelter from the streets for youth in crisis.
Houston independent makeup artist and hairstylist Amber Brown is a sought-after expert on helping women look their very best. Amber works with clients at Houston female-owned businesses Jentry Kelley Cosmetics and Brush and Bobby Salon. Amber had been looking for an outlet to utilize her skills and connections to give back to the community and we were only too happy to connect her with the kids at Covenant House. It only took a month for Amber to organize a drive to collect and recycle clients’ old makeup, collect hot hair tools, new makeup, clothing, shoes and other essentials for kids at Covenant House.
Not only did Amber help the kids learn about how to apply job-interview friendly makeup for a professional look, she was also joined by all the stylists at Brush and Bobby Salon. Owners Mariko Peterson and Jodi Boyd taught easy to maintain but polished hairstyles and shared the tips and tricks to making a good first impression to a potential employer.
“The cosmetology industry is a great option if you are creative and love people,” Amber explained. “I have represented makeup lines as a sales consultant, worked in hair styling, and now found my niche as a makeup artist. The beauty industry is a business that doesn’t require a four-year degree, just a good work ethic and a passion for helping people feel their best about themselves.”
Mariko Peterson and her partner Jody Boyd of Brush and Bobby shared that after ten years of working in rented chairs at other salons, their reputation grew and they started getting recognized as the best of the best in their field in local media.
“Our salon has only been open about a year and we are solidly booked. No one gave us a roadmap to success and no one gave us any handouts. We learned as we went and sometimes I look around the salon and think, ‘We really made it- we had a dream and did it’, that’s what I want for you all. Find something you love and dedicate yourself to it. Get as good as you possibly can and dream big, then just decide to make it happen.”
After the makeup and hair demonstration, each Covenant House resident got a beauty goodie bag and were welcomed to choose from the table full of donated hot hair tools, clothing, shoes and new makeup and hair products organized by Amber, Mariko and Jodi.
“We have so many generous people to thank for helping us get this day together, Jentry Kelley cosmetics, Bri Collins, BCRN Aesthetics, Crust Pizza Company, Sally Walden Properties, RDA ProMart Houston and all my fabulous clients who brought in makeup, and their hot hair tools. I am continuing this effort through 2020 and will give a free makeover to anyone who brings makeup to be recycled, and used hairdryers, curling irons, and flat irons. In addition, Brush and Bobby Salon is offering a $25 hair blowout as well. As female business owners we are committed to the kids at Covenant House and have told them we will always be there for them and look forward to coming back for a skincare event soon.”
Call the Brush and Bobby Salon to schedule an appointment with Amber and help the kids at Covenant House while you get gorgeous!
Brush and Bobby Salon (832) 248-9893