The girls’ pamper packages included makeup, hair styling and manicuring
A group of young girls from Deer Park got special treatment recently to help them get ready for a very special occasion, thanks to San Jacinto College cosmetology students.
The group visited the College’s Central Campus cosmetology salon, and each girl got a complete “beauty queen” treatment in preparation for a Daddy-Daughter Dance, which was sponsored by the city of Deer Park. The girls’ pamper packages included makeup, hair styling and manicuring.
Cori Grissom talked about looking forward to the dance as she got her nails painted burgundy (to match her dress) by a San Jacinto College cosmetology student. “My dad is really cool and a lot of fun,” commented Cori, a 9-year-old fourth-grader at Deer Park Elementary School. “He is a pretty good dancer, but he can be a little clumsy, but he never has stepped on my feet.” This is the fourth year for Cori to participate in the Daddy-Daughter Dance with her father Brad Grissom, and the dance is a highlight of her life.
Tiffany Ramos, a program aid leader for the city of Deer Park who escorted the girls to the College, said the visit to the salon was a highlight for all of the girls. “We truly appreciate the San Jacinto College cosmetology department for taking the time to put a smile on every single one of the girls,” she commented. “The staff and students did a wonderful job. A big thanks to San Jacinto College for letting the city of Deer Park use their facility for the afternoon. Many of the girls said they want to go again. It was very special for them to get out with their friends and get pampered for the day. The hair styles, makeup and nails looked amazing!”
Such extracurricular projects provide San Jacinto College cosmetology students opportunities to work with people of all ages, according to Kay Richardson, San Jacinto College Central Campus consumer services and automotive technology department chair.
“The cosmetology students thoroughly enjoy working within the community,” commented Richardson. “Our department has hosted similar community outreach events, such as hosting senior citizen groups and visitors from Cenikor. Such events provide students a wide variety of experience with various clienteles. There is no better feeling than helping people feel and look better.”
Cosmetology student Christina Honeycutt said the pamper session was not only fun, it was also educational. “Working with pre-teens is an awesome experience,” she remarked. “You learn a lot about new trends of hairstyles that are out there and what the girls personally like.”
Honeycutt said hair of pre-teens can have different characteristics than adult hair. “Many adults have colored their hair for years, or their hair texture and color has changed due to age,” she said. “Most pre-teens have no color in their hair, so the hair is softer, easy to style, there is no damage to the hair (physically or chemically), and the layer of the hair (the cuticle) stays in tact.”
Honeycutt also provided complete manicure treatments, which included clipping and filing, softening the cuticles, pushing back the cuticles, adding a base coat, two coats of polish, one layer of top coat and applying cuticle oil.
“I absolutely enjoyed the girls’ visit,” she enthused. “They bring so much joy and happiness to an environment that sometimes can be chaotic and hectic. They really made me laugh with funny stories about their previous daddy-daughter dances.”
Honeycutt said she likes cosmetology because it’s a challenging and yet rewarding career field. “Just to know that you can make someone’s day by making them feel special and beautiful is an amazing and a wonderful feeling,” she commented. “I also enjoy learning new cosmetology tricks and trends and just the atmosphere of a team that works together to make people feel great about themselves and to make clients happy and refreshed. The satisfaction of that is rewarding – knowing that I can make clients feel better about themselves.”
Honeycutt graduated from Sam Rayburn High School and lives in Pasadena. She plans to earn two cosmetology certificates in December from San Jacinto College, and an associate degree next spring. Her career goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree and start her own cosmetology business.
San Jacinto College offers cosmetology courses and degree plans at all three campuses. To find out more, please visit sanjac.edu/career/cosmetology.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.