Beauty Salon Behind Bars

Beauty Salon Behind Bars


ELSA LUMSDEN: I never look at prisoners in
a negative way. If they have the support and if they have the tutoring and the mentoring,
they can be great people. BARBARA: I had no job. I was a young mother,
a teenage mother and I was a single mother after I left an abusive relationship, which
led me to crime because I had no education. I had no skills. I was a lookout outside of
a convenience store. The people that I was with went inside and shot and killed an innocent man. BARBARA: I am here in prison under the Felony
Murder Rule. I have been here for this is going on 20 years. SHEILA: I have committed my crime, I was convicted
of first-degree burglary. I have been in CCWF for 9 years now. SHEILA: When I first got to prison, having
a 10-year sentence to deal, I couldn’t even see the light. I couldn’t see the end
of the road. So I chose to do bad in here. I was rough, I was getting in trouble and
I messed up a lot. SHEILA: Before I was incarcerated, I didn’t
have too much of a job, I was young and I just, kind of, bounced around a little bit. SUSAN: I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do
when I came to prison. Very, very feminine and I am very, very into serving others as in helping people make them feel better about themselves. ELSA LUMSDEN: Okay! So, so we are going to
establish a guideline here and then if we have any, any little mistakes, we are going
to go through and check the hair to make sure, WOMAN: They are all even. ELSA LUMSDEN: That it’s even. ELSA LUMSDEN: When I was going to college,
my professor worked at a prison and he would give us different experiences of what the
prison life was all about and I decided there and then that I wanted to work in a prison. ELSA LUMSDEN: I have been teaching for approximately
13 years. ELSA LUMSDEN: Oh, that’s the part that she
wants to. ELSA LUMSDEN: You don’t want it either,
you could get cut. And once you get cut, right here, it’s really hard for you to stop. SHEILA: Elsa Lumsden, she is an amazing woman.
She comes in here, she works with us and she gives us hope. SHEILA: Being in cosmo and seeing that I can
get licensed, it gave me a drive to change. ELSA LUMSDEN: We have a curriculum for approximately 1600 hours and it consist of: hair cutting, permanent waving, manicures, pedicures, makeup.
At the culmination of the 1600 hours, these inmates are eligible to take the state board
exam and after they are able to receive a licence. BARBARA: Coming to prison with such a long
sentence took away any hope that anybody could have. But when we get here after being broken,
after coming from abuse, coming from the street life and knowing that we can actually accomplish
something such as cosmetology to give us a career, like it is very inspiring. It made
me believe in myself. It gave me hope. ELSA LUMSDEN: Dealing with inmates is a little
different because we know that they are inmates and we don’t second-guess; inmate is an inmate.
So we are very careful of scissors, of tweezers, any sharp-edged implement. We have to be careful.
I have never had an incident of such because they understand. Once they come into class,
they know what is expected of them. We don’t want violence in the class. SHEILA: I would have never thought to do beauty
before, never. They, they make fun of me because, you know, I don’t have long hair. So it’s
not, I am not the ideal cosmetologist. So they are just like, ‘Wow! You do hair.’
And they joke about it. But, I mean, it’s what I love. So, I am okay with it. SHEILA: Being incarcerated I think it adds
a little more stress on your everyday work life. So it’s really about coming here and
leaving that aside. ELSA LUMSDEN: Some people believe that, ‘Oh,
you are no good that’s why you went to prison.’ But sometimes it’s just that they are hanging
with the wrong crowd at the wrong time and they get caught. But you can see the changes
in many of them once they are in the class. KALENA: I am here to be in cosmetology to
set-up a career for myself and have a better future. It’s something that I have always
wanted to do. So I am taking advantage of it while I am here to better my life and have
it as a career option when I get out. KALENA: Today I just wanted to make her feel
good about herself and give her the best that I could and make her feel good about herself. SUSAN: My treatment today was absolutely magnificent.
I have never really felt special and, so, that’s been my like, I guess a dream. Like,
I would want someone to take care of me and pamper me and make me feel like that I am deserving,
you know like I am worthy. I feel like I am inside but a lot of time, people don’t treat
me that way. ELSA LUMSDEN: When they do good work and when
they have, they demonstrate that they have, they are working hard, I give them a compliment.
I compliment them and let them understand, ‘You are doing very well, you are doing
exceptional and if you keep on being exceptional you are going places. You will make it very
well in the world when you get out of here.’ I would say, I would say at least 90% of
all my students that I have had , stay in contact with me. About 2 or 3 months ago, I
heard from an inmate who passed the state board exam and she told me that she is working
in the salon. Another one said that she already owns her own business. ELSA LUMSDEN: I am very proud of them. To
see where I can help turn criminals into someone who is making something good for themselves,
make life better for themselves and be an influence on others as well. WOMAN: I love it. BEAUTICIAN: Very beautiful. SHEILA: I went from not knowing how to even
do a ponytail to winning number 1 in the hairstyling contest and then I realised that I can do
something. So from not knowing how to do something, it made me realise that I could do whatever
I put my mind to now. So, I have dreams to do many things and just succeed in the world.
I am not left with a thought of, ‘Oh, this is all I am,’ or ‘I have to choose this
lifestyle because that’s all I know.’ You know I can pursue something better for
myself and I believe that cosmetology was the stepping stone that led me to that. BARBARA: These life skills have changed me.
I came from nothing to something. I had zero self-esteem, I had zero confidence, I didn’t
believe in myself. These life skills have given me hope. I am confident in what I do.
I have hope. I have faith that I will go home regardless of having a life without parole
sentence. I am going home. I am going to take this to the streets. ELSA LUMSDEN: Their willingness to change
your life and do better. If they have the support and if they have the tutoring and
the mentoring, they can be great people because I have seen it with my students.

100 thoughts to “Beauty Salon Behind Bars”

  1. We need more women like Elsa in this world . Who uplifts women , spreads positivity, and doesn’t judge . At the end of the day we are all women with the Same purpose . Some have had easy paths and some have had harder pasts. Keep SPREADING LOVE ❤️

  2. I wish somebody would come to me and teach me cosmetology for free so I could get licensed. But if I wanted this, I would have to enroll myself in classes, pay for it myself, and get myself a license. I came from an abusive home too, my dad beat my mom and my brother and I, I still didn't hang with hooligans who ended up murdering someone, or steal anything from no body or did any crime like that. I guess I should do these things so I could get stuff normally paid for for free.

  3. I know I’m gonna get a lot bad comments, I feel bad for women in prison then men, why women are usually more marginalized in society regardless of their social economic status. While men have doors open! Women have to work twice to own a seat at the table!

  4. It's some good people in prison. I met some of the best ppl and built some of the best relationships there. I loved going to the salon to get my hair relaxed every 3 months. It made me feel normal. We had real conversations and life felt nice for a minute.

  5. Life with no parole for being a lookout…people get less time for 2nd degree murder..I could understand 25 years but life with no parole…thats extreme for that situation…might as well committed the entire situation

  6. I think that too many terms/words in US are taken litteraly. When you condemn someone, the system stick to the word itself and almost make sure, that once out (if said prisoners ever go out) their life is going to be a a living hell. Being a prisoner once is like being a prisoner for a lifetime because even willing inmates will have a hardtime finding their own spot in our society. It's like you never really got out of prison.

  7. The love this woman has for her job brought me to tears, because I want to be like her one day. I’m going to school for psych, and want to eventually make it work into maybe doing something like this. I’ve wanted to work in a prison since I was very young. I was a very troubled teen (by choice, and partially because of my environments- but I’d rather take full responsibility)

    I want to do work like this so women who had troubled lives like I did or are just in a tough spot in life can have a safe and positive/productive outlet. This made me so so happy 💕

  8. With a degree in Psych, studying law, and writing endless papers on incarceration, I truly believe that every prison should be funded the way most “positive corporations” are. If we had programs set for inmates(human beings!) , it will give them hope and a positive outcome, rather than isolating them into insanity.

  9. I wish them the best and God's blessings for a change in thier lives. There is always 2 sides to ever story and life,so they can change .

  10. I was a C.O and worked with all types of people. This would have been a rewarding experience for me. I would have enjoyed coming to work everyday.

  11. Omg these people are Angeles for doing that felines can be beautiful just like us but they are like us

  12. Imaging having a family visit and how surprised they’ll be with seeing your makeup and hair all nice

  13. The last lady has life without parole. How will she go home and take her skills to the streets? Please explain.

  14. May the MOST HIGH 🙌🏼 bless and protect them and give them a bright future…🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 God bless each and every one of them….💞

  15. I truly believe some of these people were raised the wrong way. Coming from street life and messing up, but they seem like normal people at this point in the video. Of course I’m only seeing 5 minutes of them but it seems like 20+ years has done them good and changed them. Truly hoping for the best for them

  16. Wait, so they break the law and get to get their cosmetology lisence for free, but normal good people have to pay for college to get that lisence

  17. Prison is not a place for bad people to suffer for their crimes. But its a school for people to learn how to be live and be a good person

    Or at least, thats how it should be

  18. all of these ladies aged so nicely. i’m loving this program, it’s giving them the second chance they would’ve never gotten

  19. Women have the ability to be tempered and be more contrite for their violent past more than violent male offenders who live a more politically violent environment that's supremacy-based. It's also evident in every learning-based setting that's gender divided.

  20. It's so amazing what treating someone like a human being and teaching them a skill can do for a person as opposed to lazily throwing them in a cell for a few years and expecting some sort of self-resolution from the individual.
    BRAVO to this class, the teacher and the students for making use of the positive opportunity!

  21. This is such a wonderful thing. Its so important for these women to be able see that they can move past their mistakes and become a better version of themselves.

  22. Probably the only vocational program at ccwf that wasn't cut. Hate to say it but i'm sure the waiting list is a mile long and that woman with life without parole shouldn't have been there taking the seat in that program from another woman

  23. This is fantastic! Prisoners lose thier sense of purpose and self identity so to give them that back and build thier confidence in themselves is brilliant. When I studied social care/work I wanted to be based in prisons I really care for prisoners welfare

  24. I think this is fantastic! I love the idea that they are given a chance to create a new life for themselves. 🙂

  25. All I can say at least these women know what mistakes they have made they are tired of laying around feeling sorry for themselves they picked them self up and made a good life for themselves not there families but for them and when they get out of prison there minds will be clear and body healthy and no they can do better for themselves ty for the video

  26. This is incredible! I watch a few girls’ channels who were in prison a few years and they say that because inmates aren’t fought a skill or to do better they reoffend. They need to pay parole fees, living fees, etc so they go back to crime because they don’t have access to jobs. These types of classes need to be implemented in every prison; men’s and women’s prisons!

  27. dude I'm loving the content of this channel! its so real and amazing like really gives me hope. god and this woman who started this is amazing! she is so great.I am really crying so hard. this is so amazing.

  28. I am looking for a lady from mission Texas, her name is Laura Garza, she scammed me of 12,000
    She might be working in a beauty salon in McAllen or mission Texas
    She is from mission Texas,
    Please if you know her, contact me
    Stella Maldonado at Facebook thx

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