INTERNATIONAL Women's Day might have been weeks ago, but Cassandra Mullings was still able to help make 18 women, some of them battered women, feel extra special last Monday, when she treated them to pampering at Cassandra's Spa which she owns and operates.
Mullings said she was inspired to offer this treat to the women based on a vision she received about a year ago. She was not able to follow through then, but after a prayer meeting with a few church brethren recently, she felt brave enough to tackle this huge undertaking
The licensed aesthetician said she recruited the women through Choose Life International, a suicide prevention organisation. Women were also referred by the Women's Crisis Centre which offers counselling services and a 24-hour hotline for abused women.
"A lot of them were asking why we were doing this for them," said Mullings who pointed out that the experience was an emotional one for these women and members of her team who dedicated their time to making the women have a good day.
"After everything was finished and I went home, I just got teary and said, 'Lord, I am blessed'," Mullings recounted.
She said that not all of the women were being abused, some were just depressed and needed some reprieve. Within no time of meeting, the women were busy exchanging life stories with each other and the members of staff. The aesthetician explained that in addition to her own staff, other cosmetologists came from nearby salons to assist and even those persons she had taught in the past who are now independent, came back to lend her a helping hand. Among those who were very helpful in transforming the ladies, she said, was Racquel Lawla, who operates The Salon off Old Hope Road.
"They got hair, nails, massage, eyebrows, waxing. It was a whole day affair. They got everything," said Mullings who pointed out that they worked on the women until minutes to 10:00 pm.
One of the ladies who spoke to All Woman said the spa treatment was a good one as it helped her to relieve a lot of her tension.
"It was amazing, because I came and I was feeling down and angry and after the spa treatment, I came out happy," explained the woman, who was having her first spa treatment.
In addition to being given makeovers, the women were also given gift baskets courtesy of Alcon Labs, wine by J Wray and Nephew, and were given food by representatives from CB Chicken, Just Salad and Lee's Food Fair.
— Nadine Wilson