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.
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!