BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — An Alabama barber is paying it forward and making a difference in his community by giving free haircuts for the homeless.
On Sunday morning, DeJuan Hall set up his pop-up barbershop at historic Kelly Ingram Park. With his speaker blaring, clippers ready, many people began to show up. Although his clients may not have seen the Facebook event invite, they can always count on him for a free haircut once a month.
Coming up on his second year of spreading kindness, Hall said that many of his clients know him by name. He is also known as “The Neighborhood Barber.”
“A lot of them haven’t had haircuts since the previous month that I’d been out there,” Hall said. “So they’ll wait a whole month to get a haircut again.”
Hall began giving free haircuts when he was spending a lot of time in downtown Birmingham with the Jefferson County Barber Boys. Hall said he noticed many people in the homeless community did not have haircuts or anyone to look out for them. That’s when he had the idea to provide them with a free haircut and clean shave.
“My whole thing is if a person feels good about themselves, they might do something good,” Hall explained. “They might have the courage to go get a job – they feel like ‘Hey, I look good so I’ll build up the courage in myself to go fill out an application.'”
This is not the only service Hall has provided in the community. He also worked with the organization, Chosen Angel, and provided back-to-school haircuts for about 100 kids this school year.
By finding the courage to give back, he hopes it will inspire others to do the same in their own way.
“If you’re blessed with a talent, it’s an obligation to give back to somebody that can’t afford it or is less fortunate,” Hall said.
When asked what it feels like to see their reaction after giving them a fresh cut. Hall had only one word to describe it.
“Priceless,” he said.