Hairathon for Katrina evacuees

News & Politics

Peek guest blogger Lindsay Beyerstein has sent this dispatch from NOLA (go [HERE] and scroll down for more):

"Over 300 Katrina evacuees received free shampoos, styles, relaxers, and haircuts today at the Alden School of Cosmetology in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Local barbers and beauticians and makeup artists volunteered for their time."

"The Hairathon was in full swing when I stopped by this afternoon. The evacuees and the volunteers were in high spirits. Women of all ages were delighted to get a little pampering during an incredibly stressful time."

"I didn't expect the Hairathon to be an emotional experience for me, but it was. The women seemed to glow and not just from the facials and perms. The Hairathon was a time for these women and their children to be cared for as individuals, rather than as members of a massive group."

On a similar note I read a warning from a psychologist pointing out that among the aid sent to the region, she was unaware of any of the psychological stripe. Given the trauma these people have experienced, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) of the nature experienced by combat veterans is likely to be rampant... (Majikthise)

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