GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - With people looking for a solution to the recent violence along the Gulf Coast, a couple of local barbers have taken it upon themselves to pour into young lives. The barbers of Flawless Fades in Gautier took their talents out of the barbershop and into the Boys and Girls Club of Gautier to give out free haircuts, Monday.
"It's kind of fun just for them to just do stuff like that, because most kids don't have people doing this for them," said haircut recipient Alwayne McDonald.
These barbers also happen to be brothers. They've been in business together for about three years, and say they've always talked about doing something like this. They just wanted to get their business established first.
"It took us a little minute, you know. We got everything situated. Once the word got out, we made the move," said barber Julius Gresham.
Julius said they chose the Boys and Girls Club of Gautier because it's where they used to go after school. With so much senseless violence happening across the coast, they figured giving haircuts was a good way to mentor African American boys.
"That's why we decided to do this to let them know that we do care, you know, and our lives do matter. And the violence just has to stop, especially around here on the coast. There's too much going on for these kids," said Julius Gresham.
His brother Terry agrees.
"Have fun and live life and be good and do good in school, and just don't do bad stuff at school and everything like that," said Terry Gresham.
Even though the event served a more significant purpose than just getting a free haircut, the boys had their own ideas about what it meant to them.
"So we won't have to have our mom pay to get a hair cut," said Cameron Hodge.
The barbers say they plan to make the free haircuts a regular thing, and hopefully they find some more places to do it in the near future.