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New York Stylist Gives Free Haircuts to the Homeless Every Sunday

“Every human life is worth the same.”

Many of us want to give back to our communities, but aren’t sure just how to contribute. Many hope to start giving back once they get that next promotion or when they finally have more free time to devote to a charitable organization. One man found the best way to help was by simply hitting the street and sharing his unique gift. Meet New York City hairstylist Mark Bustos.

Every Sunday, his only day off from work at an upscale hair salon, Bustos travels throughout the city with his girlfriend, giving haircuts to the homeless. There’s one haircut in particular that Bustos remembers, for a homeless man named Jemar Banks. “Jemar Banks—I’ll never forget the name,” Bustos told The Huffington Post. “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?’”


When we feel good about ourselves, it’s a lot easier to make it through the day. What Bustos gives to so many isn’t just a clean-looking haircut, but human dignity. A moment of dignity means the world to those who have been marginalized and feel invisible.

All images via Instagram.com/markbustos

(H/T The Huffington Post)