Photo Credit: Tibet Nyingchi
A year after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and surrounding communities, Christal Mercier, a Missouri City cosmetologist, is being honored for her compassionate efforts to help others in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Mercier, also impacted by the storm, quickly turned her attention from the damage to her hair salon to the many individuals and families in the community who had lost everything as she watched hurricane victims being rescued from their homes.
Her compassionate and selfless efforts in navigating surrounding flood waters to travel to the George R. Brown Convention Center and NRG to render complimentary hair care services to hurricane victims, earned her recognition as a KPRC Channel 2 Harvey Hero.
Mercier reached out to eight other cosmetology professionals to form a team of volunteers that she called the “Gallery of Salons” who joined her in providing shampoos, hair cuts and hair styles for those forced from their homes due to rising flood waters.
During the hurricane recovery period, she and her team rendered hair care services to more than 500 individuals, including individuals at Mission of Yahweh and New Hope Housing.
Word of Mercier’s compassionate efforts to restore calm in the storm also caught the attention of producers of the nationally-syndicated Rachel Ray Show, who invited her to appear on the show.
Beyond the Storm
Mercier’s community outreach efforts extended beyond the damaging effects of Hurricane Harvey.
“We also cut the children’s hair that have crossed the border,” she shared.
For the Missouri City salon owner, the most fulfilling part of helping others is “giving hope to the hopeless.”
“When you look good on the outside you feel good on the inside. One thing’s for sure, you may have gone through a storm, but you don’t have to look like you’ve been through a storm. When you give them new hair you give them new hope.”
The Missouri City resident innate gift to help uplift others has been on display since Mercier was a young person volunteering to do the hair of friends and family. No stranger to giving back to the community, she launched “Hair Dreams by Christal” in 2008, a 501c3 nonprofit, to provide hair replacement systems for individuals who suffer from traumatic hair loss due to cancer and other illnesses. Formed in honor of her sister, a former Fashion Fair model who suffered from traumatic hair loss in her early career and later due to cancer, the nonprofit aims to restore the confidence and self esteem of hair replacement system recipients.
In November, she will host her nonprofit’s annual gala “Holiday of Hope”, celebrating the organization’s 10th Anniversary. The event will be take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2018 at the Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Blvd. in Sugar Land, Texas.
For tickets or to hear more of about Christal and her efforts to uplift and encourage others visit Hair Dreams by Christal.