Urban Betty Salon: A community gem —
May 22, 2018

Urban Betty Salon: A community gem

By Rose Di Grazia

Urban Betty
The Urban Betty staff

Urban Betty Salon is in the business of making people happy. The owner Chelle Neff  not only provides a chic salon for stylists to cut hair, but she also gives a great deal to help the local community.

The salon, located on Suite 1107 at 1206 West 38th St., is a gem beyond their quality services. Neff offers a yearly free clothing swap in which clients bring in their clothes and also take what they want. The rest of the clothing is donated to Safe Place. Another program, Project Princess, encourages clients to bring in old prom dresses for girls and keeps them in a closet to distribute to girls who couldn’t afford to go to prom otherwise. Neff also raises money for the Down Syndrome Association, Austin Pets Alive, and Austin Classical Guitar. During this year’s SXSW, Neff went downtown and gave haircuts to 350 homeless people.

For years, I had been going to get coffee and Mexican food in the same shopping center and never knew this hair salon was just around the corner. Just recently, I  went in for the first time to get my hair done by Katie West. Katie is a very talented and kind stylist. She is also the head of education at the salon, which offers Betty Boot camps for dads who would like to learn how to style their daughters’ hair as well as blow drying, makeup and curling iron classes. Katie listened to me and got a real feel for the style I was after and even gave me a fantastic head massage.

Urban Betty has plans to open a second salon in the next year in South Austin. For now, come and be pampered at this salon that cares about its clients and the community. For more information, visit urbanbetty.com.

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