When local singer/songwriter Luke Dick saw a social media post about a stylist in New York providing haircuts to people experiencing homelessness, he decided to bring the idea to Nashville – and Scouts Barbershop in East Nashville was quick to help him make it a reality.
“I was thinking about ways I could become involved in the community and make that an aspect of what I do creatively. I live here in East Nashville and I happen to know the owner of Scouts Barbershop, and we sort of jotted out the concept of Haircuts for Humans and how it would would work,” Dick said. “It’s humanizing someone who (are) sometimes outside of our car or outside of our social sphere and it’s an opportunity for me to go help in a very real way.”
Stylists from Scouts Barbershop will provide free haircuts to anyone in need on Nov. 20 at their East Nashville location. In October, they arranged a pop-up shop in an East Nashville parking lot where they provided haircuts for several hours.
Haircuts for Humans provides haircuts to people who need them while also raising funds for a local nonprofit. This time it's the Martha O’Bryan Center, a Nashville nonprofit that “empowers children, youth and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship.”
“We both really wanted to help East Nashville and felt like Martha was a really great organization to do in their work in high schools and with young kids breaking the cycles of poverty,” said Brooke Allison, co-owner of Scouts Barber- shop. “We love their mission and this seemed like one thing we could do with Luke’s band and shirt sales and me with the resources I have.”
Nashvilians can join the Haircuts for Humans cause in three ways: Sponsoring a haircut by donating at www.haircutsforhumans.org, buying a Republican Hair T-shirt (Dick’s band), or bringing perishable food items to Scout’s Barbershop, Hot Yoga of East Nashville and Edley’s Bar-B-Que. All monetary and food items will be given to the Martha O’Bryan Center.
Allison said it wasn’t hard to get Scout’s stylists on board to volunteer their time.
“Everyone is really passionate about it at Scouts and we’re excited to do more in the future,” said Allison. “When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you do good.”