Free Back-to-School Haircuts for Low Income Youth


July 31, 2008


Marielle Sainvilus  312/814.8199

Thomas Green217/725.8068

DHS Partnership with the Hair Cuttery provides free back-to-school haircuts for low income youth

Certificates for haircuts distributed through local DHS offices

SPRINGFIELD - For the ninth year in a row the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is teaming up with a national hair salon to offer free back-to-school haircuts. The Hair Cuttery is donating a no-cost haircut for every children's haircut purchased at any of their nearly 90 participating Illinois salons from August 1 through August 15. Certificates for the haircuts will be provided to participating IDHS Family Community Resource Centers to be given to customers after August 15.

"Students want to start the new school year looking their best," said IDHS Secretary Carol L. Adams, Ph.D. "We're happy that our partnership with the Hair Cuttery offers an excellent opportunity for families to prepare their children for school and assist families who may not be able to afford back-to-school haircuts for their children."

Approximately 5,000 low-income children could receive free haircuts through the Share-A-Haircut program. IDHS staff in each of the participating local offices will identify children to receive the free haircut certificates. The department welcomes recommendations from community-based agencies and requests from families currently receiving IDHS assistance.

The Share-A-Haircut program began in 2000 and includes more than 900 Hair Cuttery locations on the East coast and Midwest. As many as 50,000 children will benefit from the program this year.

For more information on participating visit the websiteHair Cuttery salons .