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May 08, 2004

A few hours at the salon can lead to a lot of "Wows," and "You look greats."

That was the end result for the five moms selected for makeovers. With more than 70 letters received, it was tough to narrow it down, but in the end the winners were: Brenda Rentas, Lenora Ferrell, Sue Franklin, Janet Anderson and Patrice Todd. See the letters their children sent on D3.

B.J. Pemberton and her daughter, Vanessa Turney, performed the makeovers at Impressions by BJ on Hustonville Road. It was a $100 valued with the hair coloring costing $50, a manicure $15 and makeup and a facial, $40.

Norma Daugherty and Pam Denham were in charge of transformations at Merle Norman. Daugherty routinely gives free makeovers, but Denham says having highlights and a haircut would cost $65. Eyebrow waxing is $7 and having hands dipped in paraffin wax is $12. Merle Norman also presented its makeover recipients with a gift bag containing about $40 in products.


Franklin, whose son, Ralph Devine Jr., wrote from overseas where he is part of Operation Enduring Freedom, says she has not seen her son for a year but that he is very thoughtful.

"I said, 'I appreciate it. If anybody needs it, I do,'" says the Junction City woman.

The 47-year-old lost about 4 inches in hair length and had caramel highlights added to her hair. Turney gave her a manicure, a facial and then applied makeup.

Rentas' daughter, Christina Coleman, suggested her mother receive a makeover after losing 250 pounds. The 51-year-old Rentas had gastric bypass surgery two years ago. She used to wear a size 60 dress but at 228 pounds is down to a 2X instead of a 9X shirt.

Having her hair darkened and makeup done was the topper for Rentas' new look.

"I feel like a different person," says Rentas, who lives in Crab Orchard, at the end of her salon session.

Lenora Ferrell, 63, of Danville, was nominated for a makeover by Deanna Oliver, one of her four daughters. She mentioned Ferrell's work with foster children and Ferrell says she has taken care of 39 foster children. As the owner of the H&R Block office, she has just completed the most hectic time for her business. Even when there is time, Ferrell rarely goes to the salon.

"Every time a piece of hair sticks out, I cut it off," she says.

With her new haircut and makeup, she left the salon for Wednesday night church where several people could check out the changes.

"My preacher said, 'Awesome,' and my preacher's wife said, 'Wow.' But the best was when my grandson said his prayers, he said, 'And God will you bring my old, nanna back.'"

A week later, Ferrell still is getting lots of compliments. At a banquet held for the H&R Block employees, she says several of them didn't know her.

Todd, who lives in Stanford, says she relies on her pastor's wife for her hair styles, but that she rarely finds time to pamper herself. She works two days for a lawyer, helps with her husband's glass cleaning business, teaches a youth group at her church and devotes the remainder of her time to caring for her son, who has cerebral palsy. With the help of Todd's mother, Todd's 29-year-old son, Clint Bellinger, wrote a letter asking for his mom to receive a makeover.

Todd, 49, kept her hair dark, but went for a different style.

"I wanted to give her something a little freer, not as thick," Denham says.

If there's anyone who can appreciate a little pampering, it's Anderson. The 45-year-old starts her 10-hour days at a brake factory at 5 a.m. When she gets home, it's time to bottle-feed calves and take care of chickens and goats at her Junction City farm. Her daughter, Kimberley, thought mom deserved some special treatment. Because Anderson works in chemicals, she especially enjoyed the paraffin wax treatment that left her hands soft and smooth. She also had her hair lightened and highlights added. The makeup also was a special treat because she stopping wearing any with her busy day and after her mother and then her father became sick a couple of years ago.

She was surprised about her daughter, who is graduating high school, writing about her.

"She told me she wrote a letter about me, but she didn't say what for. I thought it was for school."

With her new look, Anderson and her daughter headed straight to a photography studio for a portrait.|3/16/04|***

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