Colorado Springs stylist looking for volunteers to offer free haircuts for the homeless

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Whether it’s a wash, trim or full-on cut, some say haircuts will almost always make you feel good.

“It can be the difference between getting a job and not getting a job, looking neat and tidy and having a fresh haircut and being presentable because employers look at those things,” said Pam Murr, a freelance cosmetologist.

Before volunteering at the Marian House, Murr saw the homeless differently.

“I’d walk down the street downtown and not make eye contact, and not talk to people,” Murr said.

But now she sees them in a different light, with many who are trying to turn their life around.

So, she’s starting an outreach program and offering free haircuts for the homeless once a month.

What is a monthly ritual for some, can be a luxury for others. And Murr said freshly styled hair can give you the confidence you need to change your life.

“If you take a guy that looks like the caveman from the Geico commercial versus somebody who has a clean cut, military cut, you’re going to look at them differently. It’s the same person, but if they’re clean-shaven and have a nice haircut, you’re going to look past a lot of the other stuff,” Murr said.

So she’s calling out all stylists and barbers. It’s a way for them to use their skills and give them the chance to improve lives.

“If they live on the street, they may not have seen a mirror in a really long time. They don’t know what they look like, and then you give them a haircut and you show them in the mirror the best version of themselves. It’s kind of an inspiration to do something,” Murr said.

Haircuts for Homeless will be held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Ecumenical Social Ministries at 201 North Weber Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you’d like to volunteer, you can email Murr at pamkmurr@gmail.com. Murr will supply everything except for shears and clippers.

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