A nice haircut can be relaxing and therapeutic, and it can also help people feel better about themselves. At times, it can also be pragmatic and help people look the part when they are interviewing for work.
We often take for granted how luxurious a nice haircut or a shower can be, because there are people on the street who do not have easy access to these things.
On weekdays and Saturdays, Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at a New York City’s upscale salon, but he spends his Sundays cutting hair for the homeless.
Bustos usually addresses his humble clientele with a simple, “I want to do something nice for you today.” He often cuts hair for up to six people on his day off and shares a photo on his Instagram account.
Bustos has been doing this out of the goodness of his heart since 2012. He was inspired to give his time (and talents) to the less fortunate on a trip to the Philippines, where he helped impoverished children get a free haircut, even renting the use of a local barbershop.
According to The Huffington Post, “The feeling was so rewarding, I decided to bring the positive energy back to NYC,” said Bustos in a statement. In addition to helping the homeless within New York City, he’s also expanded his project to people in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Los Angeles.
Many of the people Bustos helps leave a lasting impact on him. “Jemar Banks — I’ll never forget the name,” he said. “After offering him a haircut and whatever food he wanted to eat, he didn’t have much to say throughout the whole process, until after I showed him what he looked like when I was done … The first thing he said to me was, ‘Do you know anyone that’s hiring?'”
Hopefully, Bustos’ story will not only inspire us to count our blessings in this life, but also make sure to take the time and effort to help the less fortunate in any way we can.