Mark Bustos gives free haircuts to the homeless

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Mark Bustos makes a pretty penny cutting and styling the hair of real estate moguls and fashion designers in NYC, but he truly enjoys hitting the streets of New York giving out free haircuts.  Bustos typically gives haircuts to homeless men and women around the city, but also just gives haircuts to strangers in need not knowing about their situations. 

Bustos was visiting family in the Philippines when he got the idea of hosting an event to give free haircuts to children in need in 2012.  “It made such a strong positive impact on me that I decided to bring it back home to NYC,” said Bustos.  “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.” 

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Bustos enjoys getting to know these individuals and hearing their stories.  A few have even asked him if they knew anyone that was hiring for jobs.  They said after they received their haircut they feel more confident than they have in years.  Another individual was planning on seeing his daughter that evening and he called Bustos an “Angel” for cleaning him up.