‘Share a Hair­cut’ at Mer­ritt Blvd. Hair Cut­tery

Com­pany do­nates free hair­cuts

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE - By BRAD KRO­NER bkro­ner@ches­pub.com

Just in time for the school year, the Hair Cut­tery at 1139 Mer­ritt Boule­vard is do­nat­ing free hair­cut cer­tifi­cates to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren for ev­ery hair­cut pur­chased by a child up to age 18, as a part of Hair Cut­tery’s na­tional “Share a Hair­cut” pro­gram.

“We do it through our lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren to make them feel bet­ter about go­ing back to school with a fresh new cut,” said Brenda Thomp­son, the man­ager of Mer­ritt Manor’s Hair Cut­tery. “What we do is, for ev­ery schoolaged child that pays for a cut, our com­pany do­nates a cer­tifi­cate for an un­der­priv­i­leged child to get a hair­cut.”

For many chil­dren, get­ting a hair­cut is a rou­tine event, but for oth­ers, it’s a lit­tle bit more of a chal­lenge.

“A new hair­cut for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion is some­thing we all take for granted,” said Den­nis Rat­ner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cut­tery. “Our Share-A-Hair­cut pro­gram en­sures that chil­dren in our com­mu­ni­ties aren’t de­prived of that sim­ple, but es­sen­tial, ser­vice. If we can send those stu­dents back to school with added con­fi­dence and a smile on their faces, then we’ve done our job.”

The “Share a Hair­cut” pro­gram, which be­gan on Aug.1 and runs through Aug.15, is in its 17th year. Since the pro­gram’s in­cep­tion, nearly two mil­lion free hair­cuts have been given, a num­ber valued at about $30 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the com­pany.

This year, the com­pany is striv­ing to give 50,000 more, ac­cord­ing to Thomp­son, who es­ti­mated that they av­er­age ten free hair­cuts a day in a given week at her lo­ca­tion.

“You can see the hap­pi­ness on the kid’s faces,” Thomp­son said. “And we give them a full ser­vice — we don’t just bring them in and say ‘you get a free hair­cut and that’s it.’ You know, we give them a hair­cut, a sham­poo, a blow dry and a lit­tle style to go with it. We do it as an ex­tra ser­vice. We just throw it in there for them be­cause it makes them happy.”

Af­ter a hair­cut is paid for, cer­tifi­cates will be dis­trib­uted with the help of lo­cal gov­ern­ment and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Bal­ti­more County Com­mu­ni­ties for the Home­less will be dis­tribut­ing the cer­tifi- cates, ac­cord­ing to a spokesper­son for Hair Cut­tery.

The Bal­ti­more County De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices is not cur­rently par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram, but views the pro­gram as ben­e­fi­cial, ac­cord­ing to spokesper­son James Gil­bart.

“It’s a great pro­gram for kids to help kids,” said Sarah Idzi, a stylist at the sa­lon. “It cre­ates con­fi­dence.”

Hair Cut­tery is lo­cated at 1139 Mer­ritt Boule­vard in the Mer­ritt Manor Shop­ping Cen­ter. The hair sa­lon is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mon­day through Satur­day and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun­day. They can be reached by phone at 410-2849875.

PHOTO BY BRAD KRO­NER

Hair­cut­tery stylist Sarah Idzi (left) and man­ager Brenda Thomp­son (right) pose with cus­tomer Mikey Gam­ble af­ter he got his hair­cut.

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