WESTFIELD, NJ--Magic Hands Skin and Body, owned by award winning esthetician and makeup artist Lora Condon, is participating in Salons Saving Our Shores (Salons S.O.S), an initiative that unifies and mobilizes hair salons and spas to fundraise for the recovery and rebuilding efforts of New Jersey families devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

“After seeing such tragedy envelop my state, clients and neighbors, I could think of no better way to use my ‘gift’ of cutting hair than to raise money to help,” says Denise Taylor, founder of Salons S.O.S and co-owner of Great Looks multi-cultural hair salon in New Jersey’s Princeton area.

The group's first Fundraiser, A Gift of Hope, will take place on Dec. 23 at The Westin Princeton, 201 Village Blvd. in Plainsboro, N.J.

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Twenty salons and spas in the tri-state area will gather to provide $30 haircuts, $25 styling, $15 chair massages, and $15 red clip-in hair extensions to signify the official color of Salons S.O.S.

There will be reaffle drawings and door prizes and t-shirts and lunch will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit One Simple Wish which is a Red Cross-recognized New Jersey non-profit organization; as well as the newly developed Restore Our Shore initiative.  Both groups are directly aiding families in recovery efforts. 

Salons and spas anywhere can participate remotely, and should visit www.salons-sos.org for more info.

With her husband and co-owner of Great Looks, Chase Taylor, the couple opened their Lawrenceville, N.J., salon with a vision of providing clients of all ethnicities with custom high-end styling expertise.

While Denise has over 25 years of experience in the beauty industry, Chase adds business savvy with over 15 years in executive management. The Taylors have a long history of donating time and resources to their local Mercer County, New Jersey community.


About Lora Condon, owner of Magic Hands Skin & Body in Westfield NJ:

As a professional makeup artist, a licensed esthetician and a Reiki master, Lora Condon is a sought after Beauty Expert and Spa Consultant. A principled consumer advocate, Lora is known as a “Beauty Buster” in the media and is fearless about busting beauty myths and telling the truth about unhealthy or un-helpful beauty products. As an esthetician and the owner of “Magic Hands Skin and Body Spa” in New Jersey she he has won 5 awards for her work including “Best Facial” and “Best Treatment” in the National SPA WEEK Awards. As a makeup artist, Lora’s work has appeared in publications such as, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, Time Out New York and in spots for Good Morning America, The View, Larry King, CNN, Fox News and ESPN.

Lora is known as the “Lash Dr.” among her celebrity and socialite clientele and she is New York’s premier Xtreme Lash technician, giving mega-watt lash extensions to an elite group. Lora also honed her skills for the perfect brow under “brow guru” Anastasia of Beverly Hills and had the honor of being the New 2012 Pick for Brows in NJ by InStyle Magazine.

Lora authored “Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Industry,” which brings together her funniest true stories and professional insight gleamed from over 15 years in the industry. Patricia Field and Nick Arrojo both hosted launch parties for Lora’s book and it received rave reviews and write-ups in the New York Times, New York Magazine, American Spa, Spa Finder and numerous other outlets. For more information & updates on events visit www.makeupwithme.com.