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Stylist Gives Hope to Battered Women

Cheryl Lynch, owner of Cherylyn Salon North in Armonk, N.Y., isn't afraid of reaching out to help others in Fairfield County and Westchester County, N.Y. When confronted with the victims of domestic abuse, Lynch's empathy drives her to help draw out the beautiful person living inside themselves.

"It's not only poor women, these are real people in real need," Lynch says in a phone interview. In her adult life she became involved with Hope's Door to help combat the problem.

Hope's Door offers a safe haven for battered women. For her part, Lynch offered a full day of beauty and make overs for the women rescued from domestic abuse. A photo shoot was organized to show the women before and after photos, which for many was an overwhelming experience.

Lynch says just seeing the change come over the rescued women is the only reward she requires. "Oh my god,” Lynch says, “it just fills you inside.”

Lynch began her professional career in her father's small mom and pop shop. In the back, her mother ran a small salon for the neighborhood women. That was where Lynch discovered her passion for haircutting, stayling and the beauty field in general. She styled hair for her first bride when she was 12.

Since then, Lynch has made a name for herself in the industry. She's developed signature highlighting and and haircutting methods with her triple shears and brought her salon to the forefront in the region. She loves bringing in new stylists and giving them a chance to shine. Some stay, and some move on. But as long as they end up better than they came to her, Lynch says she's happy.

When she isn't managing the salon or working with Hope's Door, Lynch is involved with a number of charities. She serves as an honorary board member for the Children's Cancer Fund planning board and donated services by participating in the "Go Red” event at the Greenwich Hyatt. Cheryl closed her Salon for the day and had her entire staff at the event performing make up applications, hair styling and providing complimentary RED hair extensions to all attendees.

Between those moments of giving, Lynch finds her own shelter in her salon. It is there where she embraces her role as a strong woman with an artistic side. “When I am doing hair, I'm in my creative zone."

For more information about Lynch and Cherylyn Salon North, visit the website .

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