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Stacey Ellis, Beauty Professional
Stacey Ellis, is a successful owner of her own salon, Ellis Salon. With 18 years of experience as a hairstylist and makeup artist, she has provided her skills as a Beauty Professional at the foundation and has helped made our clients feel as special as they are.
“All I need is that smile from ear to ear at the end and I know my job is done.”
Q: How did you hear about Beauty Bus Foundation?
A: I saw Beauty Bus on the show, Secret Millionaire and my salon owner at that time had been to an event and told us about it in a staff meeting. I was hooked!
Q: How long have you been with the foundation?
A: About 4 years. I offer hair and makeup services.
Q: What inspired you to volunteer?
A: Like too many people, I lost a dear friend to cancer at 21 years of age in which I understand the importance of giving that loved one a little day to day normality. Feeling beautiful on the outside may only be a temporary relief from how they are feeling inside, but it’s a relief and a distraction at the same time. Over the years, I have also helped clients of my own going through treatments with home haircuts and other services so I felt I would be able to help at Beauty Bus.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue cosmetology?
A: I was interested in hair, makeup and fashion as a teenager so my parents encouraged me to pursue something creative. I left high school and went straight to hair school, and then makeup school at the age of 17.
Q: What was your first In-Home Visit or Pop-Up Salon like?
A: There have been so many, that I can’t really remember the first ever visit, it’s all a blur of smiling faces. I tend to go in happy and up beat and everyone seems so happy to see the Beauty Bus team. They are always so grateful and you can see that it’s a great distraction for them, we always have a wonderful time!
Q: Is there something you walk away with from these visits and Pop-ups?
A: It’s just like when I do someone’s hair or makeup in the salon and see how pleased they are, it’s just as rewarding to see that on the In-Home Visits or Pop-ups, also.
Q: Has volunteering for Beauty Bus Foundation changed your perspective on beauty?
A: No, not really. I treat everyone the same when it comes to what I do. I see past [the] illness and wheel chairs and look straight to the people which is why I do this. All I need to see is that smile from ear to ear at the end and I know my job is done.