Los Angeles neighborhood Skid Row is known as the homeless capital of the United States. Every week, Shirley transforms a street corner into a beauty salon to offer them a haircut, food, and much more …
“Here is our hairdressing station, where women have their hair washed. Men or women are getting their hair washed and disentangled and getting ready to go to the barber here. We have our volunteer hairdressers here, who cut the hair for us. ” She’s Shirley Raines. She offers makeovers, hairstyles and food in Skid Row, an area of Los Angeles known for its homeless population. “I want people to understand that this story can be anyone’s story at any time. A job loss, the loss of a family member, mental dissociation because something traumatic has happened in your life, the simple fact of not being able to pay your bills and make ends meet and have no one to turn to, that can be anyone’s story“, She believes.
Today, Shirley wants to provide essential goods and what allows to feel plushuman. Thus, cevery week, this street corner is transformed into an outdoor beauty salon. It was after facing her own trauma that Shirley Raines found how to give meaning to her life: by giving back. “Due to the death of one of my children, I was in terrible condition and I was looking for a positive outlet“, She confides. For the homeless community, Shirley Raines and her team have become more than stylists. “I don’t know if it’s the makeup that gives them a boost or the fact that someone touches their heads while they are being styled (…) I think the physical connection, the conversations that take place, i think we all know hairdressers are like therapists“, She concludes.