Cosmetology Students Offer Free Haircuts for Area Homeless

January 27, 2011: About 80 area homeless and working poor are sporting new attitudes and hairstyles thanks to 12 students from the Columbus Technical College cosmetology program. The students participated in the Employment Expo for the Homeless at the Open Door Community House on Thursday.

A participant receives a complimentary salon service at the Employment Expo for the Homeless.
A participant receives a complimentary salon service at the Employment Expo for the Homeless.

Columbus Technical College cosmetology students had a steady stream of customers wanting a free haircut.
Columbus Technical College cosmetology students had a steady stream of customers wanting a free haircut.

As she was finishing up one client and getting ready to start on another, Columbus Technical College cosmetology student Elizabeth McFarland called the event a lot of fun and appreciated the chance to be part of it.

“It’s good to hear their stories and know everyone is here to help.”

CTC student Elizabeth McFarland kept busy at the Expo providing free beard trims, haircuts, and styles
CTC student Elizabeth McFarland kept busy at the Expo providing free beard trims, haircuts, and styles.

She said a good haircut or beard trim offers more than just an aesthetic improvement.

“It’s good to know that when they leave your chair, they feel better about themselves and have more self-confidence.”

Participants were able to talk to vendors and experts from various areas including employment/training outlets, housing services, shelters, medical testing and much more. This was the sixth year for the event. It is organized by the New Horizons Community Service Board in Columbus.