Let’s be real here — Sundays usually mean lying around in bed, watching a movie on Netflix (or two or three), and being in denial about the full week of work or school that is yet to come. That is the case for many, regardless of his or her profession.
However, Mark Bustos chooses not to waste his Sundays and instead does something nice for his community. Bustos, a Filipino American hairstylist who works at the upscale hair salon Three Square Studio in New York, gives free, stylish haircuts to homeless people everyday Sunday. He provides his services to as many as six people each time.
According to the Huffington Post, the 30-year-old first became inspired by a random act of kindness on a trip to the Philippines where he was visiting family members in May of 2012. During the trip, he paid a barbershop owner to rent a chair, which he then used to offer hair cutting services to impoverished children in the area.
Bustos found it so incredibly rewarding that he began expanding his services to people in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Los Angeles as well. He told Huffington Post in an interview, “The feeling was so rewarding, I decided to bring the positive energy back to NYC.” Unsurprisingly, his clients also seem to be very pleased with the outcome. One of his clients, Jamar Banks, even asked him if he knew of anyone that was hiring when he saw the result of his haircut.
Bustos has also said that he makes sure to cut the person’s hair in an open, busy street in hopes of inspiring other passersby to do random acts of kindness as well.
Upon meeting the homeless person, Bustos approaches each of them with the same phrase: “I would like to do something nice for you today.”
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You can also follow Bustos on Instagram here.