{Haley’s Story}

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My name is Haley Kester. I was born in Joplin Missouri in 1993 to two amazing parents and the best big sister anyone could ask for. I was raised in Carthage Missouri. I have lived there most of my life up until 2015, when I moved to Joplin Missouri with the love of my life, Mickey. My family means the world to me. We have always been extremely close. I look up to each of them in a very different and special way. God has always been the center of our family. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without them.

So here goes my long story, short. Ever since I was a little girl my mom loved to do my hair. That’s something we enjoyed doing together every morning. I would sit at her vanity and she would ask me what style I wanted my hair to be that day. To me my mom could do anything and she did it perfectly. She always gave me exactly what I wanted and made me feel so beautiful. We had this routine even when I was in high school. Not only did my mom make me feel beautiful, but she ALWAYS listened to me. We talked and I would tell her all about the things going on in my life. It wasn’t until those moments when I realized I wanted to do this very same thing for other people just like me. I wanted to make people feel beautiful, just how God made them. I wanted people to feel heard, even if it was just for an hour that they were in my chair. I wanted people to feel special. I graduated Carthage High School in 2011. I went straight to City Pointe Beauty Academy and graduated in 2012. I went in to work at a beautiful salon in Joplin Missouri and worked there for about three years. I then decided to move on and work for myself at a booth rent salon in 2015. I had it all together. I had an amazingly loving and hard working boyfriend, Mickey. I had a beautiful baby boy, Silas Dade on the way. My life was absolutely perfect. I was girlfriend to the best guy, a Momma to be, and my own boss. Little did I know, God had different plans for Mickey and I. At twenty-eight weeks pregnant on April 19th, 2016 we delivered Silas Dade Cortez sleeping peacefully onto this Earth. He was beautiful and looked just like his daddy. At that moment I knew I did not have control of my plans. God did. I simply “Let Go and Let God.”

Fast forward 5 months. I had prayed everyday and night that God would show me a sign or something letting me know exactly what to do with my life. I was lost and confused. I was in the dark and didn’t know where to go. I knew I wanted to do hair, but I didn’t just want to do hair everyday. I needed a purpose. Well, God answered. He put Jade and Taylor in my path. We sat down for Coffee at of course, Mother Road in Carthage. They told me about the salon they were opening. They said “we are a Christian based salon and our salon verse is “He gives us a crown of beauty for ashes” Isaiah 61:3.” Right then I knew this is where I’m meant to be. I’ve lived by this verse since we lost our baby boy. They proceeded to tell me a percentage of our service sales will go to a special organization each month. Not only do we get to use the talents God has given us through our hands, we get to show others Gods love for them. I knew I was home. I have been with Halo Salon since the day they opened their doors in October of 2016. I work next to my sisters in God doing exactly what we love to do and are so passionate about.

Mickey and I are also welcoming our miracle rainbow baby girl Ezlyn Grace in November 2018! I now know what my purpose is and for that I’m forever grateful, thankful and BLESSED!!

{Olxandra’s Story}

Olx“My Name is Olxandra Polanco-Pino. I was born in Maracay, Venezuela on May 22, 1996 to two wonderful, hardworking, Christian parents. I was an only child for about three and a half years when my brother finally decided to join us. My brother was 10 months old when my parents were called to move to the United States to follow their missionary calling. I was raised in Dahlonega, GA for the majority of my life up until the 6th grade when we were given the news that we would need to return to Venezuela to finalize our residency status in the U.S. My family was given two weeks to pack up what we could and fly out to a country I did not know much about. We were to leave our beautiful home, all of our close-knit family, pets, everything, and fly out. This is when my family’s faith really either broke us or made us.

I arrived to Venezuela meeting people I didn’t know, but was related to. We lived with my dad’s side of the family for a year and a half and experienced things that I never thought in a million years I would have to see or live. There were several occasions where we didn’t even know if there would be food on he table and God always seemed to come through at just the right moment. Needless to say, it was quite the experience. We ended up receiving our documents and returned back to Georgia where we stayed with our family for another year and a half until my dad was called from the Methodist Conference to start a church in Carthage, MO.

Another Leap of faith, we ended up moving once again to a place we had never even heard of and that brings me to present time. I graduated Carthage high School in 2014 and I quickly enrolled into Cosmetology school. I’ve always been all about bettering people and helping people feel comfortable in their skin. My whole life the only thing I’ve ever had control over was my hair and makeup and all of my free time went to self-teaching myself how to do certain looks and such. Right off the bat I knew that’s what I wanted to spend my life doing, no questions asked.

I graduated City Pointe Beauty Academy in 2015 and was working as a Beauty Advisor for Ulta Beauty, which really gave me the opportunity to perfect my Makeup Artist skills. I was added on to the Halo squad a year ago and never have been happier. I get to do exactly what I love and work with my best friends every single day. I’m really blessed to be where I am at right now; the only place to go from here is up.”

Year ONE

We could not have asked for a more amazing first full year open. We are constantly in AWE of the doors He has opened for us to show His love. We truly are the ones being BLESSED by blessing others. Here’s a look at what God did through us in our first year!

JANUARY- Human Trafficking Awareness

FEBRUARY- Collected books and Sponsored a NEW “Little Lending Library”

MARCH- Down Syndrom Awareness

APRIL- Supported one of our guest’s Mission Trip

MAY- Make a Wish Foundation and our little boy from Haiti Rodson

JUNE- Lifechoice

JULY- We took the month to LOVE our stylists!

AUGUST- BRIGHT FUTURES

SEPTEMBER- Young Life

OCTOBER- Kiss Me Goodnight

NOVEMBER- Transitional Youth Christmas

DECEMBER- High School “Girls Night Out”

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Halo Salon: Our Story

Carthage Family Photographer_0176OUR MISSION: “To use our God given gifts to LOVE and SERVE this community and beyond.”

We knew we wanted to be different. We knew we wanted to do MORE than just {awesome} hair. 🙂 We wanted to love HIS people. The people in our chair, our stylists in our salon, and the whole community. We wanted to SERVE so that they could see HIS love.

The vision of our {Monthly Missions} came to life. We committed to giving 10% of our service and retail sales to a designated mission each month. Not only just writing a check but doing service projects where we give free services, get to know, and talk to people. Getting your hair done, having someone touch you, and listen to you can truly change someone’s day, week, year, or even life!

This has been HIS salon from the beginning and He has opened more doors than we could have ever imagined. We give God all the glory.