Women who’ve survived domestic abuse being offered free beauty salon makeovers

A beauty salon is offering free makeovers to women who have survived domestic violence.

Alchemy Hair salon and Bang Bang Beauty, based in Glasgow city centre, will be offering the chance for 16 women who have escaped from abusive relationships to have their hair and makeup done.

Both premises will also be collecting donations for Women's Aid and Glasgow domestic abuse initiative No Feart, Glasgow Live reported .

The move comes as part of the campaign 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence, which is aimed at supporting businesses taking action against domestic abuse and takes place between November 25 and December 10.

The project was the brainchild of Alchemy director Eirinn Fleming, who set staff members the challenge in a bid to help boost the confidence of women who have had the bravery to escape an abusive relationship.


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She said: "For many women, beauty salons and hairdressers are safe, female-only environments where victims can confide in people who they trust.

"Our staff often build bonds with our clients and at Alchemy, we are more like a family, so it’s a safe place where people can confide in us without consequence.

"Although it may seem superficial to offer a makeover to women who have been through a very tough time, we are doing more than just making our clients feel beautiful; we are helping to build their self-worth and self-esteem.

"Some of our staff members are also looking to take part in training next year to enable them to spot the signs of symptoms of both physical and mental abuse."

Alchemy pledged to continue to support the women, helping to boost their confidence as they face court dates, legal hearings and job interviews.

The cruelty-free salon will also be welcoming donations, in the form of cash, food, clothes or other necessities, that could allow the women to move forward with their lives.

Charlie Campbell, owner and creative director at Bang Bang Beauty, said: "As a makeup artist, doing what we do is almost therapeutic, not just aesthetically, but also to make a woman feel more confident and beautiful on the inside.

"It’s also very rare for someone to be alone with a person for one hour, face to face, where that time is dedicated solely to them.

"I feel like it’s my responsibility during that appointment, to not only make a client feel beautiful, but to appreciate and recognise the qualities that make them unique.

"When people sit in your chair they open up and tell you things, so we would love training to help and support survivors who have been through domestic abuse."

A number of women being put forward for the free transformations are members of local social enterprise No Feart CIC, set up by Lynn Smillie, who witnessed her father kill her mother when she was just 14 years old.

Brave Lynn founded No Feart to educate both survivors and professionals about domestic abuse. No Feart aims to help survivors have their voices heard.

No Feart will be providing support and training as well as referrals to the salon and its wonderful passion in helping women.

Lynn said: “It’s an honour to be part of a changed life and celebrate as individuals gain confidence to become all they dream to be.”

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