A Red Deer beauty school welcomed an unexpected student recently.
A local senior, whose name is not being released upon request, visited Delmar College of Hair and Aesthetics to learn how to style his wife’s hair and makeup.
“It was really so random,” said Carrie Hannah, director of Delmar’s Red Deer campus.
“One of my instructors came to my office and told me there was someone who wanted to talk to me. I saw him standing there and I asked what I could do. He said, ‘I was wondering if you were offering any courses here.’ I said, ‘We sure are.’
“He started to explain that his wife’s vision is deteriorating, and she’s struggling to curl her hair and that she keeps burning herself. He said, ‘I would like to help her, so I was wondering if I could take some lessons.’”
Hannah then connected the man with a student, Britney Smith, who was able to help him learn.
“She took a mannequin (head), grabbed a curling iron … and worked with him for a while,” Hannah said.
“He was so authentic, so genuine. He pulled out his wallet and started showing everyone pictures of his wife – he had pictures of her over the years. He kept telling us about what a beautiful woman his wife is.”
In addition to learning how to use the curling iron, the senior was taught how to use a mascara wand as well, because his wife had been poking herself in the eye while applying makeup, said Hannah.
A Facebook post explaining the senior’s story, which was posted on Smith’s professional page, has been shared thousands of times.
“I was hearing from students that I taught 10 years ago who saw (the post). Britney was telling me she had to eventually just turn her phone off because the notifications were going crazy,” Hannah said, adding the senior was a little overwhelmed by his overnight online fame.
Hannah said she’s happy to see so many people wanted to share this feel-good story on Facebook, during challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are some real relationship goals here,” she said.
“This is really a love story. He talks so lovingly about his wife and he did this for her. I don’t know too many men who would’ve done something like that.”