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Tapaita's makeover

August 12th, 2015

My friend Tapaita Salakiela, a full-time caregiver who runs a care home, takes very little time for herself. Church, as she told me in a previous blog (click here to read), is her sanctuary. The rest of the week is dedicated to her patients.

Her life recently suffered a setback with the death of her beloved husband just over a year ago, and she admitted to me it'd been a long time since she did anything really nice for herself. She's such a good woman that it made me sad for her.

When I mentioned this to my friend and hair stylist, Ryan Sales, he offered to give her a complete makeover. She was surprised when I offered it to her, and after many reschedulings around her client's changing appointments, she finally made it down to Salon 808 at Ala Moana.

Ryan made me over in his image. Fabulosity!

Ryan made me over in his image. Fabulosity!

It was nice that she had a wedding to attend so she could get made up for an occasion. "Thank you!" she beamed. "I feel so great! My friends didn't recognize me!"

She has never had a makeover before, and she loved it. "I couldn't stop looking at myself. My friends at church kept teasing me that they had a whole new member because I looked so different!"

Ryan's such a top-notch professional and such a kind person. I have been seeing him since 1999 and he's also a decades-long volunteer with the Miss Hawaii pageant, traveling to the mainland every year to accompany the Miss Hawaii candidate to the Miss America pageant.

I would never trust my hair to anyone less fabulous. Apparently, Paita says she won't, either. "I promised Ryan I'll come every six weeks for a color," she smiled.

Here's the before and after of his makeover on Paita. Gorgeous - inside and out!

Tapaita, before

Tapaita, before


Tapaita, after

Tapaita, after

Courtesy: Tapaita Salakielu. Dressed for the wedding!

Courtesy: Tapaita Salakielu. Dressed for the wedding!


One Response to “Tapaita's makeover”

  1. makahawahine:

    Manaia! So beautiful!!!

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