Haircuts4Homeless is a community group set up by veteran hairdresser Stewart Roberts. Inspired by the actions of Mark Bustos in New York City, Stewart set out an organised effort to encourage skilled hairdressers to give their time free of charge to give haircuts for homeless people.
Homeless people have many challenges to face, one of them often being a low self-esteem. A haircut can have a great effect on someone, giving them a real boost. It’s often way down on a homeless persons priorities with what lack of money so the service proves to be very popular. One of people’s basic rights is for them to feel good about themselves and this service can give that to people.
Hairdressers have a known empathy and are great communicators. The industry is known for its generosity and willingness to help people therefore there are many that would willingly give some of their time and expertise. We started the project in Havering and, with the right amount of support, plan to roll it out across the UK & beyond. There is something very personal about cutting someone’s hair that can be both enjoyable and therapeutic which is something that many homeless people rarely get.
It may be "just a haircut", but it's the kindness shown that makes a homeless person know that people really care.