After a long day of work at Jeff Goodwin's salon in Exeter, instead of going home and watching Netflix marathons like so many of us love to do, Coombes puts his hairdressing skills to good use and helps those in need by offering them free haircuts, Daily Mail reports.
Often homeless people are looked down on by society and deemed an inconvenience to passers-by, who pretend not to see them, but not Coombes. Not only do his haircuts give people in need some sort of normality, they also provide them with human interaction and create awareness of an issue that so many pretend doesn't exist.
According to Metro, after being inspired by a trip to New York where he witnessed a similar project, Coombes and his photographer friend Matt Spracklen have been documenting their work.
Before and After of Darak. I enjoy talking to this guy so much. After seeing him around the city and getting to know him more it was great to finally get the chance to cut his hair. It nearly happened once in the past but he let others in need of a haircut go first. His generous nature and huge heart makes it harder when I see him going through a rough patch. Always a smile any time any place, massive respect for you brother by @mattspracklen #dosomethingfornothing #exeter #hair #hairdressing #menshair #malegrooming #haircut #barbering #street #homeless #expressandecho #vscocam #fujifilm
After photo - Happy customer in Bath yesterday. Johnny really opened up while I was cutting his hair. It was great to see him relax and soften a bit. Sometimes all people need is to lend your ear for a while, talking things through doesn't change but it helps. by @mattspracklen #dosomethingfornothing #bath #bathspa #somerset #menshair #barbering #hairdressing #haircut
Andy has been homeless since young adulthood so the streets are his home and all he knows now. His haircuts are seldom due to obvious financial reasons so we decided to take it nice and clean to last him through until next season. It was great to spend some time with this man listening to his stories while I cut his hair. There's so much we can learn from the faces most of us pass by without a second look. by @mattspracklen #dosomethingfornothing in #exeter #streets #exeterliving #hair #menshair #malegrooming #haircut #homeless #barbering #vsco #vscocam #fuji #fujifilm #letthegoodtimesroll
#dosomethingfornothing in Exeter this week. When cutting hair on the street you have to find anything you can to help you and make your client feel more comfortable. Luckily we found this chair nearby for John to sit on. He was really happy for me to cut his hair as he tries to keep it looking sharp whenever he can afford it, saying to me 'homeless or not I still want to feel good about myself' by @mattspracklen #dosomethingfornothing #exeter #streets #exeterliving #exetercathedral #hair #menshair #malegrooming #haircut #hairdressing #homeless #barbering #vsco #vscocam #fuji #fujifilm
"For me, it is about giving something back and raising awareness of the homeless and by doing it on the street, it breaks the generalisation and so far it has been a good response," Josh said in Metro's report. "Giving haircuts is such a small thing; it is just me going up to someone, having a chat and cutting their hair. They really appreciate the gesture."
It's wonderful to see there are still kind-hearted individuals in this world and we hope that Coombes' project inspires others to do what they can to help too.
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