HOUSTON—After hair stylist Judy Williams learned of a colleague’s difficulty with everyday grooming because she was fighting breast cancer, Williams decided to assemble a glam squad to provide high fashion makeovers and a professional photo shoot for breast cancer survivors.
Williams put the word out and 55 professional stylists volunteered to provide the makeovers and take photographs free of charge. Hotel Indigo agreed to provide necessary space, also free of charge.
"When you’re dealing with women, it’s not a shallow thing with us to look great, to look fabulous. It really does help boost our ego and our self-esteem," said Makeba Collins, owner of Shoezy Lover Boutique.
Charlotte Wilson was one of six women who showed up after learning of the makeover session. Williams posted notices at nearby clinics and spread the word among health care professionals.
The session was especially powerful and validating for Wilson who, in one year, lost her job, got cancer, went through chemo and a divorce.
"The hardest thing for me was to not be able to hold my youngest child in my arms, not having the strength to lift her," said Wilson.
But Wilson said through faith, she knew her health would be restored.
"Look what God has done for me and what he’s done. He’s gave me a second chance at life."
As for Judy Williams, she’s planning another glam makeover day for October 14, 2012.
"I want the women to have this. I want them to have it and I want them to enjoy this," Williams said.
Williams is accepting applications from breast cancer survivors who would like makeovers and their photos taken. Submit a brief story of your survival to BCSphotoshoot@yahoo.com by September 21.