Parents can help their children look a cut above the rest with a trip to South County’s newest kids’ hair salon. This inviting, brightly-lit and vibrantly painted space features mounted car chairs. Each station has a TV and Xbox to keep kids occupied while specially-trained stylists tend to their tresses. However, it’s the retail section that truly makes Shear Madness a cut above. It sells a large assortment of toys, games, and hair accessories. Girls can even design their own bows. The salon, which opened in late April, also offers 90-minute party packages.
Lake Forest | www.shearmadnesskids.com
The Write Direction
A new non-profit organization has launched with hopes of helping disadvantaged students prepare strong college admission and scholarship applications. The Write Direction offers free workshops and one-on-one counseling to help make the admissions process fairer for low-income students. It also helps teens practice interviewing skills or prepare resumes. Workshops are held throughout Orange County. Students unable to attend in person can participate remotely.
“We provide one-on-one assistance to students from low and middle-income families, including those who are going through difficult circumstances where money is tight, such as a job loss or a divorce,” says executive director Cindy Sherwood. “We also provide free workshops that explain the basics of what kids need to know before they start writing their admission essays, as well as workshops on interviewing skills and how to write a high school resume.”
Orange County | www.thewritedirection.org
Babies might not come with manuals, but parents can find some how-to instructions thanks to a new prenatal and postpartum support startup. Nursling Lactation, led by certified lactation education counselor Jennifer Horne, provides group workshops that help parents prepare for breastfeeding and life with newborns. Horne says she strives to keep courses interactive and fun. She also offers in-person postpartum support for moms struggling to nurse.
“I’ve had a great response to my services in Ladera Ranch, but I’m hoping to get the word out to the rest of southern Orange County families,” says Horne.
Ladera Ranch | www.nurslinglactation.com