Breckenridge salon gives makeovers to needy locals |

Breckenridge salon gives makeovers to needy locals

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BRECKENRIDGE – If you’re looking good, you’re feeling good. And Roots Hair Studio owner Kat Harlan wants people on the down and out to feel better with a new look. To do this, she’s giving out free haircuts and beauty treatments during an inaugural “Community Roots” program.”I wanted to do a community event to make-over men, women and children to build self-esteem for someone who might not necessarily be able to afford it,” Harlan said. “Originally it was for people looking for jobs, and then it expanded.”Appointments are being scheduled for June 16 and 17, and invitations will be handed out through the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, Advocates for Victims of Assault and the Colorado Workforce Center. Haircuts, nails, massages, and skin/makeup will be available to participants.”She (Harlan) has been looking into new ways to help in the community, so she rounded up local hairstylists to give people a new haircut or manicure,” said FIRC development director Anita Overmyer. “It’s a day of body, mind and spirit for people who need to look more professional, and it’s a special treat for people who don’t often get to treat themselves.”Overmyer added that not all nonprofit clients have access to the service, and there’s only 30 spots open at this point. “It’s in the hands of agencies to give invitations out,” Overmyer said.Depending on how the event works out, Harlan also said it may continue as a year-round program.”Just from what I’ve seen, it’s one of the first local businesses trying to take something on like this,” Overmyer said. “It’s a positive thing and good for the community.”Roots Hair Studio in Breckenridge has been open for three years, and it’s located at 325 S. Main Street. For more information about Roots Hair Studio, visit Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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