Twenty-six female clients of Chrysalis were treated to a makeover at a Santa Monica salon April 7th to help boost their confidence as they prepare for job interviews.

The women received the makeovers and fashion advice at Forme Salon following their completion of Chrysalis’ eight-week Women’s Empowerment Program, which works to build self-esteem. Chrysalis is a non-profit dedicated to helping those suffering from poverty and homelessness become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.

Through the empowerment program, the Chrysalis clients met with 29 professional women who volunteer as mentors to discuss topics such as resume workshops, what to wear on an interview, money and time management, networking, healthy living and stress reduction.

“Women’s Empowerment provides a place where our clients can have a healthy, empowering relationship with other women who have become successful in the career world,” said Piper Kamins, director of the Women’s Empowerment Program and Chrysalis’ Santa Monica center. “The mentors provide a lot of meaningful advice, inspiration and support for these women.”

With the women having finished the program and getting ready to apply for jobs, the event at the salon was meant to serve as a tool to help them feel more confident and beautiful as they enter the workforce, a Chrysalis spokesperson said.

The evening included a cut and styling of their hair by professionals, makeup makeovers and a fashionable wardrobe appropriate to wear to a job interview.

“I am not used to having positive interactions with women, and this really helped me come out of my shell,” says one of the women participating in the program.

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