Smith has been offering free haircuts before the school year for the past five years. The Back to School Brighter event has grown to include music, food, a bounce house and backpacks for every child.
“We had to move it from the shop because of growth,” Smith said, noting that his team is now joined by barbers from Tyson’s Cuts, Six Corners Barber and Styling Shop and Fresh Cut Barbershop. “We all understand the importance of offering this to the kids before they start a new school year.” It's also been extended to the girls, TONIGHT there will be an opportunity for girls to get their hair braided tonight at The Hair Connection, 1142 State St. from 4-8 p.m. during the 4th annual Braids Bash.
“It is on a first-come, first-served basis and we will be there doing braids, but we have two barbers as well doing haircuts,” said Nicole Sanders, owner of the shop.
Sanders said there will be several braid patterns to choose from. For children with very short hair who would like braids, additional hair will be provided free of charge from the beauty supply store next to the shop.