Last Sunday afternoon Bang Salon on U Street hosted a “Beauty Makeover Salon Day” for wives of local Marines serving in Afghanistan. The wives were given a few hours of pampering by stylists who donated their time for makeup advice, haircuts and styling. Their husbands will arrive home to the DC area in the next few weeks.
The Marines are all members of the DC-based reservist group the 4th Civil Affairs Group. They do community outreach work in Afghanistan with the civilian population.
“These strong-willed ladies have been through a lot. A lot of stress, hard work and fatigue,” said Patrick Guarniere, manager at Bang U-Street. “I can’t think of a more deserving group of individuals to give this day of beauty to. We are going to make them absolutely stunning for when they reunite with their husbands.”
The idea for the Sunday makeover session was the brainchild of Guarniere and Jessica Erfer. Erfer, a Dupont resident and former assistant at Bang, is married to one of the Marines serving in Afghanistan.
She told Borderstan that military families are increasingly moving into the Borderstan area. “More and more families are moving into this area and into the city overall, when they might have chosen the suburbs before,” Erfer said. “Part of it is the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ but it’s straight members of the military and their families, too.”
Bang Salon also has locations at Verizon Center and the Metropole on 15th Street NW.