Every Sunday, hair stylist Mark Bustos ventures through New York City in search of his next client. Although he works at an upscale salon, he’s actually looking for someone less fortunate who’d appreciate a haircut. He approaches these people and opens with the same simple phrase: “I want to do something nice for you today.”
Bustos began cutting hair for the homeless in May 2012 after a visit to family members in the Philippines. There, he paid the owner of a barbershop to rent a chair and provide haircuts to impoverished children. The feeling was so rewarding that he brought the practice home. Since then, he’s performed this service to the needy in Jamaica, Costa Rica, Los Angeles, and of course, New York.
All of Bustos’ styling sessions are completed in open areas like street corners and sidewalks so that the public can watch. He’s hoping that the passersby will find inspiration in the good deed and be kind to those who are less fortunate. “Every human life is worth the same,” Bustos wrote in a caption on his Instagram. “We all deserve a second chance.”