As summer draws to a close, kids across the country are getting ready to go back to school. From school supplies to a new wardrobe, there are plenty of things to check off the list for each child and their family. But for many children living in poverty, a haircut is the last thing they can afford. That’s why the Tennessee Beauty School is making sure that less fortunate kids in their community will start the year off right by offering free haircuts.
Earlier this month, the Tennessee School of Beauty sent 30 students, four teachers, and 10 portable styling stations to the Knoxville Boys and Girls Club multipurpose room where they washed, cut, dried, and styled the hair of 60 kids over two days. A professional cut and style like this would cost anywhere from $25 to $50 dollars at the average salon. But thanks to the partnership between the beauty school and the BGC, every child received a stellar haircut – and the confidence that comes with it – at no cost.
Not only did the Tennessee School of Beauty donate its services, its equipment, and its students’ time and skills, but they even offered vouchers so kids and families that were unable to attend the event could still get a free haircut at the school.
Adam Brown, the owner of the Tennessee School of Beauty, got involved with the Boys and Girls Club after hearing about it from a friend who works at a public relations firm. After Brown learned of the good work the BGC was doing for kids in the community, he knew he wanted to be involved. So he committed to sending his stylists for the free haircut event. But when Brown visited the pop-up salon, he was so moved that he decided to do even more. He has now established a $25,000 Tennessee School of Beauty scholarship that will be awarded to one lucky BGC kid.
Brown and the stylists at the Tennessee School of Beauty have found a way to use their talents to provide a truly meaningful service for those who need it most in their community. And thanks to them, dozens of kids will go off to school with their heads – and their haircuts – held high.