Love and Scissors' mission is to provide hope to those who have been trapped in sexual-exploitation, or those vulnerable to exploitation by teaching the trade of hair cutting and styling. We strategically partner with restoration homes who are unable to provide quality education to those interested in learning cosmetology.
Education is one of the most important assets we can offer to victims of sexual trauma; these are victims who most likely have been forced to drop out of school at a young age or have gone years without any other training or real job experience. Cosmetology is an effective, creative, and self-sustaining business solution that will provide income for themselves and their families. There are currently not enough programs for these women and men, with such crippling situations, that will enable them to explore a career that encourages them to give back to the community through beauty and healing.
Through a 10-15 week course the students learn basic cutting and styling techniques that empower them to work either independently, or through a salon. Course length varies depending on the location of the class but however long the course, students gain not only cutting and styling skills but knowledge in marketing, building a clientele, and safety.
The environment of the class is very hands on. This style of teaching students along with one-on-one time with the instructors permits the students to develop from actual experience as much as possible.
At the completion of the course the students graduate with a certificate and a professional hair kit. Through donations we are able to provide each student with a pair of cutting and thinning shears, brand new styling tools, a blow dryer, flat iron, capes, clips, combs, and more.
-To provide the quality education, skills, and tools necessary to equip each student for success in her/his specific community.
-To love God and love people despite race, gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs.
-To pray to God together, asking for wisdom to build bridges between our students and a hopeful future, both through career skills and through awareness of self-worth.
After 5 years as a hairstylist and part time volunteer through local organizations in Virginia, Megan met Karlie with the same vision to see victims overcome their pasts. Excited about their similar vision they began brain storming what a program would look like in the beginning of 2011. Later that year, Megan sold her things and quit her job, joining Karlie in Costa Rica to make the official plans for Love and Scissors' very first course in Febuary of 2012.
After returning from a 2 month outreach to Costa Rica, Karlie's heart was broken by the widespread sexual exploitation she saw there. Inspired to empower some of the girls she met, she came back to the US to study cosmetology at Rudy and Kelly Academy. She moved to Costa Rica shortly after completion and through local outreach ministries, began building relationships with many of the women exploited on the streets of Costa Rica.