Operation Hair Care

More than 20 elementary school students in the Colonial School District got a break from class Tuesday for a special cut and style, courtesy of Operation Hair Care.

In some cases, it was overdue.

"This is actually my first time being at a hair salon," Amani said as her hair was being styled by one of the students at Paul Mitchell The School on Route 40 in Bear.

The studio opens its doors four times a year for children who may be from needy families or may have experienced homelessness to come in for a makeover, according to the school's Dean, Trina Carter.

"What we try to do is reach out to the community and help to give back, and show our students how to give back," Carter said.

"A fresh haircut, it brings confidence to them," Paul Mitchell student Malik Johnson added.

The collaboration between Paul Mitchell The School and the Colonial School District began last school year. As part of the arrangement, students from William Penn High School and Wallin High School who have an interest in cosmetology also got some pointers. 

"It may not be a big deal to us, but for some people it could make a huge difference," Paul Mitchell student Jasmine Akins said.

Dates are already scheduled for two Operation Hair Care days in 2020.