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May 30, 2013

Free prom makeover for Haverhill girls

Newbury Street salon comes to high school

For any young woman getting ready for the prom, having their hair all done up is a big deal. But for many the cost can be prohibitive. For nine lucky students at Haverhill High School who were selected for a free styling, it was a dream come true.

Stylists from the award-winning Viselli Santoro Salon of Newbury Street in Boston set up shop so to speak in Haverhill High School’s new cosmetology space yesterday. Three stylists worked from noon to 3 p.m. to get eight seniors and one junior ready for the prom by giving them stunning hair styles. They also did some of the students’ nails.

Each year the school’s Cinderella’s Closet program provides students with prom dresses, suits, accessories and prom tickets. The program is supported through donations by people in the community.

This year, Cinderella’s Closet distributed more than $1,000 in prom tickets in an effort to make sure every student who wanted to attend the prom could, without having to worry about how to pay for the tickets.

“Even with the prom dresses, if they can’t afford the tickets they can’t go,” said Carol Ireland, a student support specialist at Haverhill High.

This year, many students also received assistance for prom from another program in Lawrence called “Priceless Prom Gown Program,” which was founded by Carol Lanni of Haverhill.

Ireland said the Lawrence’s program is quite established and was offered an opportunity by the Viselli Santoro Salon of Boston to do free hairstyling for prom night for nine students. She said the cost of a prom hairstyle at the Boston salon starts at $125.

“The Lawrence program extended this wonderful opportunity to Haverhill High,” Ireland said.

Ireland said a collaboration between the Haverhill and Lawrence programs, the Boston salon, faculty and individuals ensured that all students were given an opportunity to experience the “once in a lifetime” event that is senior prom. The prom was held last night at the Atkinson Country Club.

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