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It’s about so much more than just getting a trim.

Meghan Overdeep
September 20, 2017

Two years ago, British hairdresser Joshua Coombes set out to improve the lives of homeless people one haircut at a time. He’s still at it today, and he asks for nothing in return for his services, except for a smile, and perhaps a hug.

It started as something his did in his free time, and now Coombes travels the world bringing joy to people’s lives through the simple act of cutting their hair as part of his #DoSomethingForNothing movement. Most recently, he and his scissors were at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center in Virginia Beach where he was interviewed by local news station, New 3. Speaking with the station, Coombes explained to that it’s about more than just getting a trim.

“Obviously when you cut someone’s hair, they can feel a bit better about themselves and hopefully this leads to something else, an inner love for yourself again as a human,” he said.

He explained his mission even further on his website. “The idea is that as the hashtag and online presence grows, others will be inspired to 'do something for nothing'. Whether that may be to people sleeping rough or basically anyone in need of some love. So if this has made you think or you are inspired to go and do something for someone, however small, whoever the person is in need, why not share it by using the hashtag #dosomethingfornothing on social media for us to see.”

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Coombes’ U.S. tour is being sponsored by Virginia Beach-based mattress company Leesa. You can follow his journey on his Instagram profile, and by searching for the hashtag #dosomethingfornothing.