Hairstylist gives free haircuts to those less fortunate

A local hairstylist is giving free haircuts to those who can't afford to visit a salon or a barber shop this holiday season.

HOUSTON - A haircut may seem like a simple thing, but to some it's a luxury they can't afford. However, there's one woman we found who is standing for Houston this holiday season by helping those in need.

It takes more than a good eye, it takes a good heart to do the work of Barbara Goodson.

"You want to leave the top the way it is, just fade the sides down?" asked Goodson, who started the non-profit 'Have Shears Will Travel.'

"I'll never forget my husband's face when I said what I was going to do," she said.

Laid off in the oil industry, she dusted off her boots and told her husband she was returning to her roots. However, this time for a different reason.

"He said 'You mean you're going to do all these haircuts and not get paid for them?' I said it'll be fine," said Goodson.

These days her chair isn't filled with high end customers, but people in need...the homeless, the elderly and others struggling to get back on their feet.

For them, it's more than just a haircut.

"It can really change your mentality about certain things, especially when you are way down, you made a mistake and you're trying to come back up in life," said David Joseph, who came to get his haircut.

It's a chance to look in the mirror and see value.

"It's a wonderful thing, it helps lift your spirits and you feel like you're worth something especially around the holiday season," said Ty Davis, who was also getting his haircut.

We just happened to be visiting Barbara on Wednesday when residents at an apartment complex on the North Freeway surprised her with a touching thank you.

"She could be doing a whole lot of different things, but she's taking time out of her life to do something to help us out," said one of the women who came to say thanks.

All from inside an RV she's converted into a salon, so everyone gets the experience and the love from sitting in her chair.

"If it improves their life, if it makes them feel better about themselves, then that's wonderful, so I hope I've just made people feel better," said Goodson.

She is looking for a volunteer stylist and a driver for the big RV she just bought. For more information, click here.


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