Barbershop giving back with free haircuts to those in need

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Close to 40 men and women in Sherman walked out of Gents VII Barbershop with a new look Wednesday.

They partnered with Maxim Salon and Spa to give free haircuts to people in places of need.

The stylists and barbers said even something as simple as a haircut can make a big difference, so it was called it Haircuts for Hope.

"I was smiling from ear to ear. I was beaming," said Fonda Byron.

Fonda and her husband Jim heard about Haircuts for Hope.

"We're not in the best situation. We didn't have to pay any money out, they did it for free. It was awesome," Fonda said.

"I think that once people know that you care about them, then they care about themselves," said Maxim Salon and Spa owner Tamie Pernie

Pernie said about 15 women walked out with a new hairdo.

"When they came in, they seemed beaten, they seemed tired, some people just seemed tired. You know life has a way of getting everybody down," Pernie said.

United Way and Texoma Homeless Coalition board member Terry Miller said they visited meals at Grand Central Station and tent communities to spread the word.

"Seeing these people get a haircut and feel good about themselves. It's just you can't get that anywhere else, you know," said Gents VII Barbershop owner Jesus Prado.

Fonda got her hair trimmed and styled, even a makeover. And Jim got his beard trimmed.

"I felt wonderful. My hair, my face was clean shaved," Jim said.

"I feel beautiful," Fonda said.

Miller said they wanted to give more than a fresh look, so they asked people what their immediate needs were. For Jim and Fonda, they're living in their van.

"We needed blankets. They hooked us up with a sleeping bag and some junk food so we can keep in our van with us," Fonda said.

Giving confidence and a helping hand one haircut at a time.

"I don't think I'll ever forget the look on people's faces," Pernie said.

"They weren't just cutting hair to cut hair. They were connecting with the people, letting them know they cared," Miller said.

They even helped one man who got a haircut get a job interview. He went straight there.

People also pitched in and gave money to help Fonda and Jim fix their van.

Miller said they hope this event will be the first of many.

If you would like to help, call 903-267-4446. Or you can email Terry Miller at tmiller@solar-one.com or Kelsey Bohannon at kbohannon@solar-one.com for a list of the current needs.