OKC Barber Helps Out, Community Steps Up To Help 3-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Get Haircuts


Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 6:29 pm
By: Mike Glover


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Gisselle Herrera had pretty much given up on getting her 3-year-old Tavito’s hair cut.

“We have a really hard time just doing anything with him. So, like even haircuts was like really hard,” said Herrera, Tavito’s mother. 

Tavito has cerebral palsy, and often has seizures even while getting haircuts, because of that most barbers either refused to cut his hair or would over charge. 

“People are just really impatient with him, and we understand everybody has to work certain times and people want to charge extra for special needs if they take extra time with them. We never had that problem with B,” Herrera said. 

B is Brenda Botello, she has a special way of working with kids with special needs. Gisselle followed her on Facebook, but she was always booked. 

Finally, out of desperation, Herrera sent Brenda a message on social media and Brenda was elated! 

“Heck yeah, I’m down, I’m like really down, I’ve been wanting to cut his hair for a while. I’ve been following up on them on Facebook,” said Botello. 

When Brenda heard that some of her fellow barbers were charging extra to cut Tavito’s hair she couldn’t believe it. 

“I was like, what the heck? Like I got mad. Like me as a barber it shouldn’t be any different, they’re kids. We should all be treated equally,” said Botello. 

Others in the community felt that way as well. So, several businesses and individuals began to pay for Tavito’s haircuts. 

“He’s going to be set for a while to get free haircuts paid for by these people, so I’m really thankful for them,” said Botello. 

Brenda is known for cutting kids hair with autism and other special needs.

“I guess the patience that I have with kids is just good,” said Botello. 

“We just knew this was the place he had to come every time,” said Herrera.