Pay it Forward: Hair stylist has been giving free haircuts to the homeless for decades

Pay it Forward: Hair stylist has been giving free haircuts to the homeless for decades (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Every week, a small room at the Weigand Homeless Resource Center in downtown Salt Lake is transformed into a hair salon.

Stuart Stone runs his own salon with a friend, called Salon 267, which is located on 267 West 700 South in Salt Lake City. The salon is closed on Mondays.

So on Monday afternoons, Stone gives free haircuts to homeless people who sign up at the center.

"People keep asking me why I don't retire at least from this job, but what else would I do Monday afternoon?" laughed Stone.

Stone started giving the haircuts 23 years ago, and has been volunteering his time like clockwork.

"To have somebody that's dedicated that much time over that many years is a great example of this dedication to our community," said Matthew Melville, Director of Homeless Services for Catholic Community Services.

Stone began his volunteer service after the death of his partner. He had a friend who was volunteering with the homeless and suggested he donate his hair-cutting services.

His favorite haircuts to give are for people who have scraggly hair or beards, because he can see the physical transformation they go through.

"By the time we're done they can't hardly get the smile off their face because it's a new person underneath there," said Stone.

Stone insists his weekly service is no big deal and he returns because he is a "creature of habit."

"Well, I just feel like every body needs to give back," he said.

But his great quality haircuts are giving the homeless people he serves a new lease on life.

"To even get a good haircut is a blessing, I mean, it really is," said Jeanie MacDonald, one of his clients.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to Stone to help with him with supplies, gas, or anything else he wants to use it for in order to continue this weekly service.