Josephine Beauty Parlor, Paris Salon, Gives Star Treatment To Disadvantaged Women
The Josephine beauty parlor in northern Paris is celebrating its first birthday Thursday. Some 1,200 disadvantaged women — abuse victims, former convicts or addicts, disabled women, single unemployed mothers — have come here for a professional haircut and makeup, or to borrow clothes for a job interview, since it opened on International Women’s Day a year ago.
Thanks to volunteer workers and private sponsors, it’s just $3.95 for a haircut including highlights, less than the cost of a cafe au lait in a Parisian bistro. But the salon’s real attraction is the boost to morale, confidence and even job prospects that it provides.
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