Hotel Arts stylist Kenna getting down and dirty to give her client the perfect cut at last week's Homeless ID fair.

Hotel Arts stylist Kenna getting down and dirty to give her client the perfect cut at last week's Homeless ID fair.

For us, it can be easy to lose perspective and see a haircut as a part of our routine, getting a trim every few weeks as needed. Recently, our team was reminded of exactly what a good hair cut can mean for some amazing folks in need. A fresh hair cut can elevate your mood, update your look, and offer some added confidence, but it can also offer a little humanity and relaxation for those in need.

This past Thursday, we joined the Mustard Seed, Calgary Legal Guidance, The New Urban Registry, and a number of other local agencies who serve our city’s homeless population for an Identification Information Fair.

“As a community, we are showing people who are homeless their value and that we care about them,” said Rachel Shepherd, Homeless Outreach Program Advocate for Calgary Legal Guidance. “I think all people can understand how it feels to have some confidence; my clients struggle with their most basic needs, so to have that boost in confidence and to feel like a professional is willing to take the time out of their day to provide this service, it’s amazing.”

Hotel Arts stylists Brenna, Kenna, and Ashley S. waiting to cut some hair!

Hotel Arts stylists Brenna, Kenna, and Ashley S. waiting to cut some hair!

Hedkandi stylists Kenna, Brenna, Ashley S., Kim, Emily, Kristina, and Sasha were able to provide haircuts for fifty people as part of the identification fair; a majority of them then received photo identification, which is a necessity for accessing services like low-income transit passes and even social benefits. Identification can also help people to file their taxes, rent apartments, get jobs, or even apply for social benefits and get into treatment programs.

We can’t express enough gratitude to each of the agencies who help support and serve our city’s homeless population for allowing us to take part in such a wonderful event, and we encourage our guests to check them each out to learn more about the work they’re doing or to support them by donating time or money!

Hedkandi loves you!