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Hairstyling day appeals to Terrace community members

The event was organized through the Gitlaxdax Nisga’a Terrace Society
Stylist Pearl Mercer gives Nita Tashoots a much-appreciated update during a community hairstyling day June 12 hosted by the Gitlaxdax Nisga’a Terrace Society. (Staff photo)

It was an idea Angie Scodane had while getting her own hair done with her stylist.

As the leader for the Gitlaxdax Nisga’a Terrace Society’s outreach team, she knows the most vulnerable of the city’s residents and the results of not having a place to live on personal appearances.

“So I thought about removing barriers. If you look good you feel good and you can be super happy,” she said.

And that took her back to her stylist, Pearl Mercer, a former Terrace resident just recently returned to set up her own business.

The result was a community haircutting and stylist day hosted by Mercer and Scodane at the Nisga’a society’s downtown offices and community space.

“Some people just don’t feel comfortable going into stores or other places, so this is a big help. Seeing them so happy is so rewarding,” said Scodane.

Nita Tashoots was one of the people taking advantage of a styling and was quick to point out its benefits.

“For some people, it’s a matter of self-esteem. This will help make them feel more comfortable,” she said.