North Bay hair salon offers paid haircuts

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A hair salon in downtown North Bay was offering inexpensive haircuts to the less fortunate on Sunday afternoon.

Staff at Raven Flare Hair Salon said they see the difficulties faced by low-income people.

Like most people, the COVID-19 pandemic has been financially difficult for Helen Rose. She also recently lost a loved one.

“It just makes me feel like I have a different outlook on life,” Rose said as she got her hair cut. “I will be able to walk around and watch the sun and be happy. I really like that. She did a great job.”

It’s stories like Rose’s that touch the hair salon staff.

Teaming up with North Bay Pride, Cecil’s Brewhouse and Kitchen and Tim Hortons, they wanted to cheer people up on their luck.

“We’ve seen people who haven’t had a cut in three years,” said salon owner Ann Laframboise. “It’s the maximum so far and a lot of people are looking for work.”

People who come to get cut give what they can. All money from the cuts will go to the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area.

“Having a haircut makes me feel a little better about myself,” Robin Alborouga said.

Being located in the downtown area of ​​the city, the barbershop said it sees the crux of the homelessness crisis and those struggling to make ends meet as a result of this pandemic.

“We see a lot of beauty downtown, but we see a lot of reality and sometimes a simple conversation is enough to brighten someone’s day,” Laframboise said.

This is the first time that Raven Flare Hair Salon has done this initiative.

Justin Sauve said it was much appreciated and it was his first haircut in four years.

“It’s good to have a change,” he said. “Done out of the old and make way for the new.

Raven Flare plans to make cheap haircuts a yearly tradition hoping people can let their hair down.

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