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Meet Michael John Derricott of Makeovers That Matter in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael John Derricott.

Makeovers That Matter was founded in 2012 by Michael John (MJ) Derricott. The focus of this organization is to help female veterans and economically challenged women get back to work.

Michael John talks about the genesis of the organization, “While all those who serve in the military face a myriad of challenges upon returning home I believe the brave women who have served in all branches of the service face very special challenges that are not necessarily addressed within the current structure of veteran services.

“This is why I founded the organization called “Makeovers That Matter” specifically geared to focus on the needs of women who have served our nation. As an established hair stylist in Hollywood, five years ago I felt compelled to contribute my services to less advantaged women, providing haircuts at a homeless shelter every Tuesday. Not long after, I realized that these women needed so much more than just a haircut. I created a workshop for any woman who was interested in learning about preparing themselves for job interviews, wardrobe styling, and a segment on their spiritual wellbeing.

“Imagine my surprise when I discovered that out of the nineteen women who came to participate in the first edition of what we now call “The Mindset Program” (http://www.makeoversthatmatter.org/about-us/makeover-mindset-program) fifteen of them were female veterans. I realized this was the community I was meant to serve and the rest, as they say, is history. Makeovers That Matter has grown exponentially over the past five years and we are now in the position to move from a regional effort to an organization serving women nationally.”

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In the beginning, all I met was resistance from large non-profits set up to help women (including female veterans) to get back on their feet. Here I was, a Five-Star Yelp rated hair stylist who couldn’t seem to give my services away! It was wildly frustrating until I refocused on my vision to help these women and found ways to work my way in and out of the systems to get to the right people.

Holding fast to my commitment to serve, eventually I was able to connect with the right individuals in large organizations and developed a healthy referral base and because of that, many other hair and make-up artists, inspired by what I was providing, joined me in contributing their services as well.

Every road has twists, turns, bumps, and potholes. I learned long ago that these are merely opportunities to grow. These moments have inspired me to continue to push forward regardless of what seems like a roadblock.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Makeovers That Matter story. Tell us more about the business.
Makeovers That Matter is dedicated to supporting economically disadvantaged women, female veterans, and our military caregivers with the tools and training they need to create a makeover from the inside out!

The Mindset Program is a 12 session course geared to “front loading” each woman to not just getting a job, but to gain a career, and develop a holistic approach to living. Our goal is to provide these women with a mind, body, and spirit approach to living. Topics discussed include emotional and physical health, diet/nutrition, and exercise, yoga/meditation, hair and make-up tutorials, wardrobe styling, financial literacy, home organization, and mock interviews.

By enlisting specialists in their fields to help guide and teach these women, utilizing the learning approach of auditory, visual, hands-on, and group participation, the women retain their experience with the Mindset Program to flourish out in the workplace, their homes, and the community as a whole.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
To me, that’s a funny question! But for me, philosophically speaking, I don’t believe in luck. I really think that luck is simply being prepared when opportunity knocks. In hindsight, my whole life has prepared me to be here in this very moment providing this information, and I am prepared!

Contact Info:

  • Address: Makeovers That Matter
    7931 Santa Monica Boulevard
    West Hollywood, CA 90046
  • Website: http://www.makeoversthatmatter.org/
  • Email: info@makeoversthatmatter.org
  • Instagram: MakeoversThatMatter
  • Facebook: Makeovers That Matter Foundation
  • Twitter: @mtm_org
  • Yelp: mjhair

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