Hair therapy for homeless comes to Arcadia

ARCADIA — For Vickey Avila, hairstyling is more than just a haircut − it’s therapy. And that’s what she brought to a handful of people in need in Arcadia Monday morning.

“Hairstyling is a very intimate moment,” Avila said. “I get to know my clients. I ask them about their life story. It’s basically a therapy session included with your haircut.”

Avila, 25, set up a make-shift hair shop outside of the DeSoto Cares Homeless Services facility on South Orange Avenue, offering free haircuts to people who are experiencing homelessness and others who happened by the building between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.