Hairstylist Mark Bustos gives haircuts to the homeless

Hairstylist Mark Bustos gives haircuts to the homeless

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Mark Bustos | CNN Money
Mark Bustos | CNN Money

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 — Anyone who has ever walked into a hair salon or barber shop feeling a bit beleaguered and walked out with a spring in their step knows the importance of getting your hair cleaned up — plus there is the touch therapy from the very intimate process of letting someone cut your hair and alter who you are.

And we take that luxury for granted. brings us a great story during a week when a little good news is needed.

Mark Bustos, a young Filipino hairstylist who charges $150 and more for his cuts at the Three Squares Studio in New York is reaching out a hand to New York’s homeless.

Every Sunday he hits the streets of New York with shears, buzzer, and hair products to give free cuts to the homeless.

CNNMoney writes:

Bustos looks for homeless people living on the streets rather than in shelters, because they often need an extra “jump start.” People in shelters, he says, have at least taken the initial step of getting a roof over their heads. “I approach individuals on the street or parks and tell them the purpose of what I do,” he says.

“Cutting their hair becomes a lot like a therapy session and not just a haircut.”

Visit for more information on Busto’s efforts to help the homeless. The site offers a photo gallery here:

Mark Bustos | CNN Money
Mark Bustos | CNN Money

As handsome as Clark Gable! This man was sitting on the corner of Bowery and Rivington Street in Manhattan when Mark Bustos found him. “Everyone who came around after his haircut was just in awe of how he looked — another homeless person even said, ‘How do you expect to make money on the streets looking like that?'”

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