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05/05/03

Gulfport Salon Pampers Wives of Deployed Seabees

Stylists at Sean Spencer's Salon in Gulfport armed themselves with scissors and hairdryers to spend the day pampering the wives of Seabees deployed overseas.

A trip to the salon gave Michelle Johnson a chance to be the center of attention. Since her husband Chad deployed eight months ago, she says her life has been centered around her job and caring for their two children.

"You get to feel beautiful for just a day at least," said Johnson. "Having someone else taking the time to pamper you, it feels great."

The owners of "Sean Spencer" want military wives like Johnson to also look great. They invited 60 ladies to have their hair done free of charge.

"We know that they've been at home struggling for the last 8 or 9 months. It's a great feeling just to be able to help these women. Their husbands are helping us everyday, so it's the least we can do for them," Salon owner Sean Humphrey said.

To tackle 60 new hair styles, massages, and manicures, "Operation Beautiful" needed reinforcements, so volunteers from other salons were enlisted to help.

Natalie Schmidt came over from her shop in Long Beach.

"Not work at all," she said. "That's what I've been telling everyone here. I'm having so much fun. This is exciting."

Some of the wives say taking on the all the child rearing and the household responsibilities is hard.

"I don't think that we would have been able to do it without the support. It makes you a little prouder when you see people supporting what your husband is standing up for," said Bernadette Migues.

The dozens of ladies who visited the salon Monday also took home goodie bags with hair products, gift certificates, and coupons donated by area businesses.

by Danielle Thomas

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