Local salon gives teens makeover for prom night

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Six Bakersfield High School girls were treated to a day of primping and pampering, at no cost to them, Saturday, all in perpetration for their prom night.

“We wanted the girls at BHS to have something that they would not otherwise have,” Erin Martinez at Unity Salon said.

Teaming up with staff at the high school, Martinez and some of her co-workers said they wanted to make sure local girls felt beautiful and “like princesses” for the dance.

The salon, their clients and other local business donated dresses, shoes and accessories for each girl. They also did their hair, nails and makeup.

“Not everyone gets the opportunity to have the gorgeous dress and that pretty make-up and your nails done,” Kimberleigh Swards at Unity Salon said. “If you can give it to somebody, then why not do it? Why not make someone feel like Cinderella for the day and be like their fairy godmother, like I feel like we have become?”

After the girls were dressed and ready for the big night, local photographer Carlos Murrillo hosted a photo shoot outside the salon, capturing their dream day.

“It’s been like really awesome,” Heaven Sanders, a junior at BHS said. “Honestly I love it. I’m a very sparkly person, so I love my dress and my nails are sparkly, and my flowers, I just love it and they made it all possible.”

This was the first year senior Genesis Rosique Alegria was able to go to prom.

“I feel like a princess,” Rosique Alegria said. “I feel like if someone pinched me…if this was a dream, but it’s not. It’s reality and it’s something that’s wonderful and I know that the other rest of the girls that are here with me as well feel the same way.”

Martinez and her co-workers at Unity Salon said they hope to be able to provide more prom makeover days for more girls at different schools in the future.

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