Rescued kidnap victim Gina DeJesus has visited a hair salon for the first time in a decade, one of her first steps to recover physically and emotionally from her decade-long ordeal.

DeJesus, now 23, emerged last week along with Amanda Berry andMichelle Knight from Ariel Castro‘s Cleveland home where she was kept a captive for a decade, police said. DeJesus looked thin and pale and her hair was cropped closely to her head.

The only public appearance she has made since she was allegedly kidnapped by Castro, a fired school bus driver, was a brief appearance last week as she ran into her family’s home after being discharged from the hospital. She kept her face and head covered by a yellow hooded sweatshirt, but gave a jaunty thumbs up to the cheering throng outside her family’s house.

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