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Hairdresser spends weekends giving remarkable, ego-boosting transformations to NYC homeless

Aug 21, 2014 By Abraham

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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  1. sandy lewis says:

    The white man in the blue/white striped shirt I think needs to see a dr ASAP. HIs adam’s apple is way too large. I’ve heard about that but forgot what it’s called. Could be cancer.

    1. Linda says:

      I think your talking about a goiter… it’s a thyroid condition (hyperthyroid) called graves disease an auto immune disease. Hypothyroidism is more common but people with graves also tend to have bulging eyes, along with other visible physical attributes.

  2. Surfdancer says:

    Thank you Mark Bustos, for sharing your brilliant light and talents with the less fortunate.

    It’s very heart-warming and inspiring.

  3. Katie says:

    My friend’s stylist does this at our local PADS program. The people shown here appear stronger and more confident after their session. It is amazing how humbling and touching it is to serve someone else.

  4. Kristin Pedemonti says:

    Thank you Mark Bustos for sharing compassion and kindness. I would think the people you are serving are also grateful to have the human touch and also conversation you offer. Thank you so very much for sharing your kind heart and your gift of hair cutting and styling. HUGS from my heart to yours!
    As a Storyteller, I carry my FREE HUGS sign everywhere and seek out homeless to offer hugs and a listening ear. I’ve heard countless stories. we are all Human. ~Kristin

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