McAllen salon owner reflects on her recovery from Hurricane Maria and pandemic

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It has been three years since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and some residents are still recovering from its impact.

Emporio Hair Salon owner Sol Deliz said she had a salon in Puerto Rico, but when the hurricane destroyed her business she decided to move to McAllen for the safety of her mother.

“We had communication issues with the doctors — we needed insulin for her and special treatments, so we decided to come here,” Deliz said.

After moving to the Rio Grande Valley, Deliz started a new business in McAllen. However, with the pandemic in full swing, she was forced to temporarily shut down. 

“I had to reinvent myself again so I can connect with customers, so I set up hair product boxes so the clients can dye their hair from home,” Deliz said. “It was called salon in a box.”

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