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A cut above: Devereux Georgia salon helps youth boost self-confidence


Once a month, Devereux Georgia youth visit the on-campus salon to get their hair professionally washed, cut and blow dried.

The salon, which was recently renovated, features a rainbow mural covering part of the interior, illustrating joy and hope.

“I love the salon – it’s really comfortable. Plus, Mama D. (the cosmetologist) is nice. She does a good job doing our hair. It makes me feel ‘new’ when I’m getting it done.”
– 16-year-old youth

Youth at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Georgia are learning the importance of self-care. Once a month, they have the opportunity to visit the on-campus salon to get their hair professionally washed, cut and blow dried.

Upon arriving at the salon, youth can choose whether they want to see a barber or a cosmetologist, before sitting down in a stylist chair and letting the pampering begin.

“Our youth enjoy going to the salon and getting their hair done. For some of them, it is the first time they have ever experienced something like this,” said Devereux Vice President of Operations Gwen Skinner. “The salon provides a sense of community, and is a safe place for those in our care to sit back and relax. Youth can improve their social skills by chatting with the barber or cosmetologist. Visiting the salon lifts their spirits and helps boost their self-confidence and self-esteem.”

Increased sense of well-being

The salon helps Devereux Georgia youth feel good about themselves. Look below to find out what just a few of them like most.

“I think it’s a great thing – it helps you learn how to do your own hair. I feel relaxed, happy and joyful when I’m done.”
– 15-year-old youth

“It’s very pretty and warm. I like getting my hair done. I feel 100% afterward.”
– 16-year-old youth

“I think it’s a great salon. I feel way better when I get my hair done.”
– 15-year-old youth

Salon renovations

The salon was recently renovated, and features a butterfly mural on the exterior of the building, symbolizing transformation and growth, as well as a rainbow mural covering part of the interior, illustrating joy and hope.

“The salon renovations were made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Circle for Children,” noted Devereux Georgia Development Associate Andria Wells. “In addition, Minerva Beauty donated all of the furniture, including washing, drying and stylist chairs. The space is beautiful and welcoming, and our youth love stepping foot inside. Our barber and cosmetologist treat each individual with kindness and respect, and our youth walk away feeling fresh and fabulous.”

Read a previous news article about the Circle for Children and how the Marietta-based nonprofit has supported Devereux Georgia over the years.

Learn more about Devereux Georgia, and learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.


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