This week, the 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped underground for the last two months are finally being rescued, one by one via a specially built shaft. And above ground, while they've waited for their fathers, brothers, sons, and husbands, the families of the miners set up a makeshift town near the mine that they call "Camp Hope." One of its small tent-businesses: a hair salon. A miner's girlfriend told a Reuters reporter that she was having her hair tinted there because she needed to "look better than ever for him." Read more.
But that's really only a small part of why the salon appeared. During a crisis, people need to take care of themselves, to feel human in inhumane conditions, to be touched by another person. It's something we saw after the earthquake in Haiti, where 50,000 refugees living on a Port-au-Prince golf course started several beauty businesses, and it's something we've seen in American prisons, where, as Piper Kerman wrote in her Allure essay, "Beauty Behind Bars," she would "clandestinely meet" her pedicurist just to have a moment of normalcy.
We hope business at Camp Hope's salon saw an uptick today for the last time, as miners and their families reunite, and then head on home.