Sometimes the beauty in a salon is visible when you walk in — for example, if a salon uses Cerriotti Salon Furniture, the beautiful salon furniture made in Italy and sold by the Regal Hair Salon supply company.
But sometimes the most beauty is hidden inside the people who run the salon.
Ljupka Arsovska, who owns Âme Salon in Englewood, New Jersey, is that kind of a person — beautiful on the inside, with a good heart. She has made it her mission to help children with cancer.
Arsovska, who is a native of Macedonia, cut off her 14-inch braid to raise awareness for a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to medical treatment. Her donation became the first of 15 that her salon has collected since it opened in July.
According to Locks of Love, which collects hair and makes wigs for people suffering from hair loss due to medical conditions, it takes six to 10 ponytails to make one wig.
In her native country, Arsovska operated a charity that raised money for people with cancer, North Jersey reported. She worked a hair and makeup stylist in Macedonia and operated several salons.
Arsovska was further inspired to help cancer patients when her son was born two years ago and
maternity ward faced the pediatric oncology ward, so she could see the children and families that were going through the ordeal of having cancer.
She still maintains a connection to helping cancer patients in her native country, and recently set up a GoFundMe campaign for a single father there who is having trouble paying for his
9-year-old daughter’s cancer treatment, Arsovska said. As of last week, the fund had reached $3,000 of its $10,000 goal.
Arsovska’s salon offers free haircuts to people donating their hair to charity. She also provides styling consultations to children with hair loss conditions.