On a trip to his native Philippines, New York hairdresser Mark Bustos offered haircuts to street kids and discovered a very fulfilling way to give back using his skills. “The feeling was so rewarding,” he says, “I decided to bring the positive energy back to New York City.”

And that’s exactly what he’s done. On most Sundays, he puts together a minimal, portable salon and takes it out onto the streets where he offers free stylings to anyone who needs them and can’t afford to get trimmed on their own.

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Beyond simply providing a basic grooming necessity, Bustos’s haircuts improve life on a deeper level. He explains…

I do believe people with a proper, professional haircut receive more respect than those who do not have a proper haircut. Having a proper haircut also gives the recipient much more confidence.

The transformation in appearance he provides is often wonderfully substantial…

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And other times, these customers simply want him to buzz it all off, since they don’t know when they’ll get another haircut…

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(via Today, Daily Mail)

And why does he do all this out in the open and then post pictures to his Instagram?

I’ve decided to have photos taken in an attempt to inspire others to do great things for fellow human beings.¬†Even a simple smile can go a long way.

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