Last week, seven fans of the novel-turned-movie Wonder were able to experience the movie’s opening today in Hollywood style thanks to the team at XanderLyn Salon in Scottsdale. The fans, who are also patients at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, were treated to a pampering session complete with haircuts, styles, and makeup.
Ranging in age from 11 to 22, these young men and women were born with different abnormalities of the face including Treacher Collins syndrome, the condition affecting the movie’s main character, August “Auggie” Pullman.
Every artist at XanderLyn Salon donated their time and talent to make this day extra special for their new clients. “We loved the opportunity to work with Barrow and to have the chance to make today an exceptionally wonderful day for these incredible individuals. We are so lucky to inspire people to feel beautiful on the inside and out,” says Gaby Miley, owner and beauty artist at XanderLyn. “As Auggie says in the book, everyone deserves a standing ovation; and, I think everyone deserves a little pampering now and then too.”
The real stars of the day, each patient gave signed Wonder movie posters to their design artists as TV stations FOX, 3TV, ABC15, 12 News and Telemundo recorded the days events at XanderLyn Salon. Accompanied by family and friends, they went together to watch the new film following the makeovers at the salon.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, so it was really an amazing experience for me. I love the way they left my hair,” says Ashley Monjaras, 11, who had her hair styled and makeup done. Ashley was born with an extremely are condition called ablepharon-macrostomia syndrome. Just like Auggie, Ashely also started a news school for fifth grade this year. “I have read Wonder and love the story. I’m so excited I get to see the movie now, especially with my hair curled so pretty.”
Until next time, have a beautiful day!