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Alison O'Neil: L'Oreal Paris'
10 Women of Worth for 2015
Loraines Academy grad recognized for her nonprofit for seniors, Beauty Becomes You Foundation
LITTLE DID ALISON O'Neil know that the dying words
of over 500
her father spoke to her in 2004 would lead her to her
life's calling: "Beauty becomes you."
Since 2006, through her organization of the same
name, she's helped seniors feel beautiful by providing hair, skin and nail care services and massage
therapy. O'Neil, who lives in Atlanta, recognized
limited access to common everyday aesthetic health
and beauty services for seniors is often due to illnesses, opportunity, lack of financial means as well
as transportation. Her mission is to prevent "Failure
to Thrive Syndrome" in older adults, and bolster
self-worth and regard with dignity for the elderly.
Her efforts were recognized when she was among
the 10 women selected from more than 6,000 nominations to become one of L'Oreal Paris "10 Women of
Worth for 2015." Through the generous contributions
of over 500 professional volunteers & students, BBY
has served more than 5,000 senior adults over 15,000
in-kind services since 2006.
O'Neil trained at Loraines Academy in St.
Petersburg, Florida in 1981, receiving her Master
Cosmetology license and developing her skills in
esthetics. "Alison was an excellent student and we
knew she would go on to do amazing things," said
Loraines Academy President and co-owner Nancy
Fordham. "We are incredibly proud of the way she
is using her education to make the world a more
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A. After being introduced to an idea to use cosmetics as an intervention to counseling those with
disfigurements from burns, I left college to pursue
my cosmetology license at Lorraine's. The owner
Nina Hansen and her partner Nancy Fordham were
two of the first professionals to genuinely understand my vision for this new form of rehabilitation.
I returned to college later and earned a degree in
Mental Health and Human Services with a unique
specialization in The Psychology of Appearance
and Cosmetic Treatments. When I was 22, following my time at Lorraine's, while working as a dermatology medical-surgical assistant, I was given
the opportunity to develop the first Dermatologic
Rehabilitation Clinic in the country at Emory
University in Atlanta, Georgia.
would be awarded $10,000 for our charities. When
the envelope finally arrived in late February, I took
it to the bank. While waiting for the teller, I opened
it and read the accompanying letter. There was an
ADDITIONAL $10,000 from the president of Hearst
magazines who had been in attendance the night
of the awards, and decided to match our awards!
This was one of the greatest moments in my life. It
genuinely breathed life back into BBY! Our award
will help us to update our technology and further
grow the administrative foundation needed to ensure
our services will be provided to those in need. [The
program also launched in Harlem, N.Y. in 2011.]
Q. Do you work in the beauty/cosmetology
arena outside of your non-profit?
A. I have a boutique clinic where I see patients two
half days a week. Otherwise, my efforts are in developing my new company's Senior Select Seal and
Senior eStores. Both of which will soon be helping to support the efforts of BBYF. Our company
qualifies, certifies and licenses products for the
*SeniorSelect® Seal of Assurance and will open
the first e-commerce for caregivers - Senior eStores
in Spring, 2016.
Q. Any words of advice to your peers about
how to use your talents to help others?
Q. How do you plan to use the prize money
A. In addition to my L'Oreal Paris award, I have also
received the Points of Light Award from the President
of the United States and awarded the Quality of
Life Award for my role as a founding committee
member of the American Cancer Society's, National
Look Good... Feel Better Program. NEVER doubt the
importance of what you yourself can offer to others.
When you are given the permission to touch another
person, recognize that that is an honor. We allow very
few people to touch us in our lifetime. We are one
of the few professions that is 'licensed to touch,' so
always keep that in the forefront of your mind. It is
a great responsibility, and I am so pleased to have a
program that helps everyone feel beautiful!
A. As far as award money goes, a wonderful thing
happened. In December, each of us were told we
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 2
Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings of Washington
CEA Gets Amped Up in Vegas
The Bottom Line: What You Should Discuss With Your CP
Revelations About the Department of Education
Do’s and Don’ts of Shopping for Suppliers — It Isn’t Retail Therapy!
And Then There’s Compliance
Students and Money Management
Voices From the Classroom
Beauty Changes Lives
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Financial Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2016 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 2