TROY — After the cape has been lifted and dusted off, their smiles clearly show the positive effect a fresh hair cut can have on the soul.
Lined up on the porch of the Hobart Community Kitchen, Giacomo Salon stylists tediously trimmed and cut hair for dozens in need Tuesday morning.
“I can’t cook and I’m not any good at manual labor so I might as well cut hair,” said Giacomo’s salon manager and stylist Lindsay Taylor as she trimmed the locks of Haley Robbins. “It’s definitely very gratifying. This could easily be me who needs help and to not be able to make ends meet to get a hair cut or not have transportation to go get a hair cut — for me to be able to offer it to them is very fulfilling.”
Robbins said it had been more than a year since she last had her hair cut.
“It feels really good. It’s been needed for awhile — it’s been at least a year,” Robbins said. “I live down the street and Dick (Steineman) came down to my house last night and told me about it so I came on out.”
Robbins stood up after Taylor finished and Taylor asked how she felt.
“Good. Lighter. It feels so much better,” Robbins said.
The salon recruits its stylists to volunteer the last Tuesday of the month to provide hair cuts for low-income community members who frequent the soup kitchen.
Dick Steineman said it was Taylor who reached out to him to provide the services for those in need. The salon began volunteering three months ago. The first time, approximately 11 people showed up for the free service. On Tuesday, more than 20 people signed up to receive a trim.
“It’s a growing thing. For some of these low-income people, a woman’s haircut might cost $20, or more, and for a guy $15, so it saves them a little bit,” he said. “It’s a win-win situation. The ladies cutting enjoy coming and then the people getting a hair cut walk away with a smile on their face. It’s a great thing.”
Giacomo Scalice, salon owner, said giving back to the community is important for his family and downtown business.
“This is our own little way of trying to make the community a little bit better and make people feel better about themselves,” Scalice said.
Giacomo watched as his daughter and her team of stylists diligently focused their attention on their customers on the porch of the soup kitchen.
“It definitely warms the heart,” he said.
The St. Patrick Soup Kitchen is located in the Hobart Community Kitchen Center located at 25 Mullberry St., Troy. To donate or to volunteer, visit www.soupkitchen.org.
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