As kids return to school this week, barbers, and hairstylist from around the city came together to help them return to school feeling good about themselves.
“It’s a way to give back to the community and help those less fortunate,” said organizer Henry “Duce” Talley, with Twice the Cuts Barbershop in Midwest City.
Forty barbers and 15 hairstylists came together at no charge, to pour into kids, and show them they are cared for.
This is the 17th year for the event, held at Star Spencer High School. Organizers understand the necessity.
“You know in class sometimes kids can be cruel. So now kids can get a nice haircut, nice uniform, and get to go to school and not worry about anything but learning,” said Talley.
In addition to the free hairstyles and uniforms, kids also received free backpacks and school supplies and the regional food bank gave families food to take home with them. The event also included food trucks, video games and even carnival rides. All of this to help give kids the confidence they need to succeed and to show them that someone cares for them.
“I think the coolest thing is, a lot of the young kids you see helping us out, they used to come and receive the service…and now they are coming to help so we are creating a culture of giving back,” said Talley.
The hair experts built up each kid with every haircut and every hairstyle, and the reality of what was happening became apparent.
“It does my heart good and everybody else here, just to see the smile on the kids’ faces and see the smile on all the volunteers’ faces to come out and help,” said Talley.
Talley expressed his appreciation to everyone that sacrificed their time and skills for the event.
Every barber and every hairstylist used their own equipment and their own haircare products to make sure the kids went back to school feeling good about themselves.