How One A-List Stylist Helps the Homeless

posted: 06/28/16
by: Blythe Copeland

As his day job, hairstylist Mark Bustos trims and styles the hair of high profile clients -- including designers Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim -- at Three Squares Studio in Chelsea. But in his off hours, he turns his scissors toward an even better cause: Free cuts and trims for the homeless in New York City.

Neil, 54 Originally from Toronto, Canada. Neil has been in NYC for about a year and a half. He was contemplating on getting back on the bus that same evening to Toronto to get his life back together. His decision was made easy after his new haircut. Neil, I wish you all the best and a safe journey back to Toronto! .......... "I graduated from school and became a nurse's attendant for 7 years at a hospital. I did everything for people. I used to help dress and undress patients, feed them, and spend a lot of time with them. (With a smile on his face he mentioned)- The toughest part of my job was helping them on and off the commode. I had a patient that became a quadriplegic after a horrible accident. I pushed him around everywhere in his wheelchair and he especially loved when we went outdoors for fresh air." #BeAwesomeToSomebody

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Today spent the day with Bustos as he gave several homeless men a new look -- trimming beards, cutting chin-length locks into short, tidy 'dos -- and a burst of self-esteem. "A haircut can make or break a person," Bustos told the show. And the results of his simple efforts are immediate: One client couldn't even wait until his cut was finished before expressing his excitement, telling Bustos, "Oooh boy do I feel good -- and I haven't even seen myself yet!"

In addition to the haircuts, Bustos and his girlfriend also give the men they meet clothes, food, and toiletries, many of which are sent by anonymous supporters to Three Squares Studio http://threesquaresstudio.com/. "God gave us two hands," says Bustos, "One to receive, and one to give."