“I think I might like to be a hairdresser.”
“I used to run a busy childcare centre I had a breakdown and couldn’t cope anymore. I lost my job, my partner, my friends and my home All I have left of who I used to be is the car I live in.”
Every now and then, you meet someone who makes you stop and realise how many wonderful folks are out there just quietly doing their thing, but in the process, making a massive contribution and lifting humanity through their kindness. This is a story about two rockabilly fans from Redcliffe who stepped away from their community housing and aged care careers to open a retro-styled mobile barber shop and offer free haircuts to the homeless. Jack Reed Barber Shop is the sea-change dream of Teresa Reed and Danielle Hannah, two Brisbane locals who wanted to bring back the simplicity of a bygone era when grooming was about style and a trip to the Barber was about the experience and the opportunity to “shootthe-shit” with the Barber. The girls work every day to help their homeless clients feel good about themselves and maybe consider a fresh approach to life. With a $73,000 grant from a Queensland government policy called Dignity First, they turned a van into a retro-styled mobile barber shop with a hotrods and motorbikes theme, installed air conditioning, two very comfy barber chairs, even a Nespresso machine, and hit the road to help the homeless get their mutton chops styled to perfection! Taking the history of their profession seriously, they pay respect to the traditions and skills of the Barbering trade, with every aspect of their services guided by their four key values: authenticity, simplicity, style, transformation. Their vision is to provide dignity through transformation, offering one thousand haircuts, absolutely free. “When you’re living in a hostel, sleeping rough or sleeping in your car, a haircut is often not high on your list of priorities. Your focus is usually on finding food and shelter for the day, but a simple haircut has the power to restore a sense of dignity” “Not only does how we feel influence how we look but the reverse is also true; how we look influences how we feel. The face is the feature most important in terms of first impressions and hair, as the framer of the face,
is the major visual component of the first impressions we form of others. These impressions influence our behaviours and interactions with that individual”. There are over 25,000 homeless people just in Queensland alone. Each night they struggle to find a safe place to sleep with homeless shelters full long before night falls. 30% of our homeless are under the age of 18 and 20% are sadly under the age of 12. There are many and varied shared stories of family breakdowns, domestic violence, drugs, alcohol, mental health issues and financial hardships among the most marginalized in our society. For many, dignity is a notion long since forgotten. Danielle said, “The first person to have their hair cut in the van was Hermi, a Peninsula-based homeless man who lives out of his car. Hermi said it was not often you were able to get anything for free. “I don’t ever get my haircut, I usually do it myself with a razor blade, but I can’t reach all the places that need cutting. It just isn’t a priority.” Often, what their clients most enjoy is the conversation and human interaction; they just love having a chat while their hair is cut. With a goal to offer 1000 free haircuts in a 12-month period, the van moves around the north Brisbane and once a month, visits the Royal Brisbane Hospital, to cut the hair of those in the mental health ward. They’re currently 350 cuts down and closing in on their 400th. Relying mainly on sponsors to provide product and basic suppliers, the project has been supported by Uppercut Deluxe, AMR and Boho Balm; Trending Media Australia have literally followed them with a camera from the very beginning and even their local Signarama helped out! Search 1000 haircuts on Facebook and Instagram and check out their webpage www.jackreedbarbershop. com/1000-cuts-for-the-homeless to follow their journey.
21 Barber Shop Year 6 Issue 3
Published on Sep 2, 2017
Published on Sep 2, 2017
BarberShop is a trade magazine specifically for mens barbers and mens hairdressers. Keeping up with trends and fashion as well as business a...