Haitian HAIRstylists in the Streets | hwh<3
In case you didn’t get the memo, Haiti was almost wiped off the map by a huge earthquake in early 2010, which destroyed the capital, Port-au-Prince. The earthquake left over 300,000 residents dead and 1.6 million homeless.
Before the earthquake, many hairstylists worked in the Iron Market, along with other commercial businesses. Unfortunately the Iron Market was damaged during the disaster, but that didn’t stop the hairstylists.
The hairstylists of Haiti moved their business to the disaster-ridden streets of Port-au-Prince.
One hairstylist is doing hair in a salon made of cardboard and old wood, with her client resting against a wooden pallet.
Other women work out in the open, with their customers sitting on debris.
Haitian hairstylists typically work from 6 a.m. until dusk, every day.
Wigs are also commonly sold, for up to 75$ per piece.
This just goes to show you that hairstylists are strong-willed and won’t let anything destroy their passion for hair
Even though Haiti has recovered slightly, and rebuilt some of the Iron Market, it is estimated to take up to 30 years to repair all of the damage.
Would you ever support a Haitian hairstylist in this hard economic time? Let me know your feedback in the comments.To read more about HAIR in the news, check out the archives.