LifeQuest members pampered at BCCC’s salon

Published 6:55 pm Monday, March 20, 2017

Members of Lifequest Inc. visited Beaufort County Community College’s cosmetology salon to get pampered on March 8 and 15.

The psychosocial rehabilitation program has been focusing on self-care, hygiene and personal grooming. The manicures and the spa treatments also give cosmetology students a chance to practice their skills as they work toward achieving certification.

“Some of our members have been taking extra time for self-grooming since attending. They tell us how good it feels to have their physical body taken care of,” said Jennifer Schmitt, support staff for LifeQuest.

The rehab center serves about 60 members through its day program. They strive to create the self-empowerment needed to achieve a successful life for people with severe and persistent mental illness. Over the course of the two days, LifeQuest brought 20 members to the college.

“They are stepping out of their comfort zone,” Schmitt said. “They don’t know how to accept pampering.”

The female participants could pick any service, including eyebrow shaping, spa facials, manicures, hair cutting, styling and shampooing. Cosmetology student Sarah Allender said the clients from LifeQuest have been great to work with because of how much they have enjoyed the services.