Hairdressers in Preston have come up with a smart new idea on how to help the city’s homeless.
Staff at Top Cut will be opening the salon in Friargate Walk on Sunday, July 26, exclusively for people who use the Fox Street shelter and giving them a free new ‘do for free.
Stylists will be giving their time for free, with the business meeting the product costs.
The idea is the brainchild of salon manager Yaisa Robles, 25.
She said: “I’ve noticed more homeless people around the centre and there’s quite a few near to our salon.
“I always try to give them something to eat or drink and I was inspired by what I heard from America, where people will pay on for a homeless person at a cafe.
I always try to give them something to eat or drink and I was inspired by what I heard from America, where people will pay on for a homeless person at a cafe.Yaisa Robles
“I was wracking my brains to think of how we could do something similar in a salon and came up with this idea.
“I know that many homeless people want to get into work, they want to get back into housing, and looking smart with a nice haircut will be good for interviews.
“It will also help them feel better about themselves. We’re going to let people have whatever they want and everyone feels special when they’ve been to the salon.”
Yaisa has met with staff at the shelter and is in the process of getting leaflets and appointment cards printed.
She hopes at least 20 people will benefit from the service and wants other businesses to get on board.
She added: “It would be good if this idea catches on and other businesses get involved, such as cafes.
“If it’s a success then we definately want to do it again and help more people.”
The salon is also running a raffle for customers to win a free colour and cut, with all proceeds going to the shelter.