Makeover Magic for Unemployed Women

By Lauren Salapatek | 03/30/2012 1:38:00 PM


The other day I heard about this uplifting story of a salon owner changing lives of unemployed women. Not only is it a great story about giving back, it has given these women who were loosing hope in the job market, new hope and motivation.

The salon owner who I mentioned is Marc Voci, owner of Marc Voci Salon and creator of the Style Me Hired Makeover Show. Last year Style Me Hired went to Philadelphia and had their first ever makeover/employment event at the Omni Hotel. That day 100 women received a free makeover. Ever since then, Voci and his salon have been giving away free makeovers to women in need. Voci's vision is to giveaway over 200 makeovers this year, and to bring happiness to those who are unemployed by changing one life one makeover at a time.

"I created Style Me Hired because I see what makeovers do for women, especially for women who can't afford one," says Voci. "Makeovers are like magic. I've been doing these makeovers for over 25 years, I've seen the impact it can have on women who are down on their luck."

Below are stories from some of the women who received free makeovers from the Style Me Hired Makeover show. See Betsy's AMAZING transformation in the video below.


"I had been laid off of my job and for the first time in 30 years I wasn’t working which was scary enough, but then I found out that I had breast cancer and had to get treated for that before I could even look for a new job.

I read an article in the Daily Times about the Style Me Hired Makeover Show and decided to apply for a makeover. When I heard I won the makeover I couldn’t believe it, but I was so grateful. They gave me an image consultation, cut and colored my hair, make-up and sent me to Career Wardrobe for a new professional outfit. It was such an uplifting experience! I felt like a new person! I felt like I could accomplish anything!

Today my cancer is gone! I started working shortly after my makeover. I like having a secure job and I also enjoy the people I work with. I just want to thank Marc for the opportunity to be a part of the Style Me Hired Makeover Show and for making me feel so special."



"This is the first time I have been unemployed in my life. It’s been five months, I am finding it very difficult to find a job. I am a single mom with a five year old son to take care of. I heard about the Style Me Hired Makeover Show and applied online. I won and got a free makeover, hair cut, color and make-up.

It was an amazing experience.

Since we were on LIVE tv someone saw me after my makeover and called Marc’s salon and I got a part time job from the Style Me Hired Makeover Show. This Makeover gave me such a boost in my confidence I got another part-time job and today I have a full-time job. Thank you Style Me Hired for changing my life!"

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"I have recently lost my job (of nine months) with ConocoPhillips when they closed their Trainer Refinery. Before that I was unemployed for 14 months after I was laid off from Sunoco Eagle Point when they shut down in December of 2009. It looks like it will be difficult to be employed again as an oil refinery worker. It will also be difficult because I have not yet recovered financially from the 14 months of unemployment. I am a Veteran of the Air National Guard with 4 years active duty and 10 years total Service.
My current situation probably means another career change for me at 55 years old. I have not been able to afford to visit a salon recently although my roots are in need of attention. For that reason I would love to be considered for your monthly makeover."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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PA  |  March, 30, 2012 at 02:43 PM

What a great story about giving back and hope! We need more people like this in the world!

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March, 30, 2012 at 07:26 PM

What a great story I love to be a makeover winner do you have a contact for Marc voci

Annemarie Leinhauser    
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Delaware County, PA  |  March, 31, 2012 at 02:11 PM

Mark has been my stylist for years. He is a very sincere talented guy that can't stand to see others down on their luck. He's been very excited with the success of his "Style Me Hired". He is a true Artist that really wants to make a difference in peoples lives.

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April, 01, 2012 at 05:09 PM

This is a great story about people helping people. We need more of this. Marc needs to travel the world and do this. Thanks Marc for making a difference.

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Pa.  |  April, 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM

I love this story the transformation is Amazing..great Job.

David Hensel    
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Havertown, PA  |  April, 02, 2012 at 05:25 PM

Mark is a great guy with a good heart. His Salon is top notch and he always gives me a great haircut, but more than that, he is a great listener and a good friend. I'm really proud of all the work he has done to help so many people.

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Wallingford,Pa  |  April, 02, 2012 at 07:25 PM

Marks vision with style me hired is inspiring, his generosity is tremendous , and it is nice to know there are people like him that do for others without the expectation of something in return.

Toni Melograno    
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Ridley Park, PA  |  April, 07, 2012 at 08:01 PM

This is a very Great thing that Mark and his team is doing for these woman, I have known Mark for many years and he is always giving back to people