Haircuts for the Homeless in Philly & NYC

The more we give back to the community, the more fulfilling, stronger, confident, and healthier we feel. It’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas, and energy. _\m/ Aidan Mack

The Transcript:

DISCLAIMER:  *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

(Visual Description of Episode) –

Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumprope.

The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: below.

Episode opens with Aidan Mack wearing a red blouse under a black blazer-suit jacket and red pants with knee-high black leather boots. Her brown, short hair is worn down and she is wearing a brown matte colored lip stick. She is wearing small silver hoop earrings in her ears. She is sitting in front of a vintage, finished wood panels that creates a tarnished-bronze and brown looking wood background on a hot pink chair that is formed in the shape of a big hand.  On the wood behind her, displays The Aidan Mack Show logo on Aidan’s right with 3 pictures of pink hearts as trees in pink grass to the side of the logo, each one with different background sky colors.  Below the Aidan Mack Show logo is a small black table against the wall that has a yellow pot with a purple flower inside of it and a blue pot with a red flower inside of it. In between the two pots sits a white coffee mug that has “#love” written on it in red.


Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

Everyone loves a story of someone giving back to the community. I recently read two articles today and I feel they’re worth sharing with you all at home. These articles talk about two guys, one in Philadelphia and one in NYC, both of these touched my hearts for what they did for their cities.

(insert picture of Brennon Jones giving a haircut to a homeless man)

Let’s start with Philadelphia first, this is Brennon Jones and he’s a fashion designer. After work he tends to give money and food to homeless people and as he was doing that he realized that it’s not the most effective way to give back and it’s not the impact he wants to make.

It started with a conversation with one homeless person…

Jones asked him how he felt about people giving him money and he said it is a nice gesture.”

He also asked him how he felt about people giving him food, which he also said was nice.

Then Jones asked him about getting haircuts.

He said he had no desire to go to a salon because he didn’t want to deal with other people’s reaction to homeless people

Then Jones said/asked, him how he would feel about bringing the salon to him wherever he was located.

(insert picture of Jones giving a haircut to a homeless man in the street in a different part of town with a sign in the background that says, “Haircuts for the Homeless.”)

So Jones just went ahead brought the salon to the streets and started giving haircuts. When you look good you feel good, just like a breath of fresh air. After that Jones realized to keep this going and thus creating “Haircuts for the Homeless,” which can be setup anywhere on any street.

(insert picture of Jones giving another haircut to a homeless man in another part of town with the same sign up)

 Wherever is most comfortable for homeless people, and the haircuts just kept on coming. Which led to a good Samaritan who noticed what Brennon was doing, that guy’s name is, Sean Johnson who happens to be a barber shop owner in the area.

(insert picture of Brennon and Sean together)

He wanted to meet with Brennon and once he met up with Brennon he offered to hire him and pay him to do the haircuts for the homeless. Brennon politely declined the offered and said, “It’s just something I’m passionate about to give haircuts to homeless people, but thank you.” After that conversation, Sean was thinking about what else could he do to and then he realized there was an available/vacant shop in the area so why not offer it to Brennon.

 (insert picture of Brennon and Sean standing outside of the barbershop together)

Brennon was a little on the fence with going forward with it, then Sean made the point that to at least utilize it during the winter time and it’s too cold to stand outside and give out haircuts.

(insert picture of Brennon and Sean together in black shirts one reads, “Spread Love,” the other reads, “Tappers Barber” *spelling?*)

Brennon realized he made a good point and they both went to the shop and their dream became a reality. The shop is called “Phenomenon Perfection”, they offer Makeover Mondays for homeless people who can’t afford services. And the rest of the week the shop is open for regular paying customers. The proceeds from the haircuts will be donated to local food banks and personal needs ready to be given to the homeless people in the area. It’s really nice. Sean Johnson felt like this experience was totally worth it. Sometimes his regular shop is busy, he can send customers to the other shop and not have customers waiting long for a haircut. Also on Mondays people from his shop go to the new shop to help out for the homeless people and their needs. This story really touched my heart!

So next…excuse me.

(Aidan Mack takes sip out of “#love” white mug)

You know it’s Winter time when having the heat makes your mouth so dry. Anyway!

The next story is in New York City!

(insert picture of Mark Bustos giving a haircut in the streets of NYC)

This is Mark Bustos, he’s a high-end stylist in the industry and has been involved in many/numerous/countless well-known magazines. One day he was staring out his window and was wondering how he could give back and seeing all the negative in the world occurring. Mark decided that he wanted to do something and spread positive energy and hope to this world, he thought haircuts specifically haircuts for homeless people would work.

(insert picture of Bustos giving a haircut to a homeless man, a picture next to it shows the after results of the haircut and the homeless man smiling)

 Mark hit the streets of NYC and found homeless people and gave out haircuts.

(insert another picture of Bustos giving a haircut in the streets of NYC to a man with shoulder length hair)

After their haircuts, homeless people feel good about themselves. Mark and his family are originally from the Philippines which they travel to quite often.

 (insert picture of Bustos giving haircuts in the Philippines to a group of children surrounding the barber chair)

They also rented a barbershop chair and lines starting forming with poor people who can’t afford. One young twelve-year-old boy was sitting in the chair looking sad/upset as he was getting a haircut he just thought he was getting a same old regular haircut. But this wasn’t just a regular haircut, he felt like he looked so much better and gave a smile to Mark and that really impacted him and he decided to continue this going forward.

It’s a really good thing to give back to the community. It’s something I will do once my show gains success I will give back to the community especially those who supported me, I’ll support right back!

Thank you for tuning to my show! And thank you Casey and Domenick for interpreting for my show!

(insert video of interpreters signing, “Thank you, Bye!”)

Thanks guys!

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Thank you!

 (music fades, Aidan Mack Show logo appears)

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