‘Share a Haircut’ at Merritt Blvd. Hair Cuttery
Company donates free haircuts
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.
Haircuttery stylist Sarah Idzi (left) and manager Brenda Thompson (right) pose with customer Mikey Gamble after he got his haircut.