PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Dozens of local homeless women got a chance on Monday to take care of an issue they often have to ignore: their hair.

“I’m doing a hairstyle called a C curl…”

Hair stylist Elizabeth Taylor (in pink smock) has actually changed careers — she’s now a nursing assistant — but she says she was happy to volunteer for the Chosen 300 Ministries‘ hair salon day for homeless women because she understands the need:

“I know what it’s like to be homeless.  I was once homeless myself.  Comes a time when you need your hair done and you don’t have the money to get it done, so you need somebody to just have a caring heart.”

Celestine Brown (seated in photo), Taylor’s hair styling client for the moment, was appreciative.

“We women have to look good, so for me coming down here to have a new look, just uplifts me,” she said.

Chosen 300 executive director Brian Jenkins says that’s idea behind the annual event, now in its third year:

“To give them a boost in their self-esteem, a better outlook on life.”

Jenkins says 18 stylists donated their time and he expected 120 women to be served by the end of the day.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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