Orphaned Iaaities were treated to free haircuts by a professional barber in Gugs.
Assistant at Unakho Children’s Home, Nomsa Bonani, says this was a different experience as they usually get food and clothing for donations.
The orphanage is home to children living with HIV/Aids and foster kids.
The Legends Barbershop owner Justin Komna posted on Facebook asking for suggestions for how and where they can give back to the community.
He says they were especially looking at children and old aged homes in the area.
“We decided to ask Gugulethu people so they could be involved in the choosing process.
“People recommended Unakho and we went on Saturday where we cut 30 children’s hair,” he explains.
Legends is situated in Gugs Square and even offered haircuts to the adults who run the orphanage.
Justin told the children that he will come back to refresh their cuts.
“We have promised them that we will go there every two months to give them fresh cuts.
“And we are going to other places as per people’s suggestions.
“We are also working with an NGO for career guidance and development in the industry as we have been doing for the past six years,” adds Justin.
“We are happy to give back children their smile, even through haircuts.
“Normally we train young people who want to be barbers for three months, so that they can stand on their own feet when they are done with us.
“I believe it is our responsibility to do all we can to show the community our gratitude.”
Nomsa tells the Daily Voice the laaities could even choose their own hairstyles.
“They wanted all the haircuts they see on TV and to see themselves with the same styles was really nice, some of their hair had art on them, like stars.
“None of these kids have ever had their hair done by professionals, they were beyond excited.
“Running a children’s home, you always get donations of food, toiletries and clothing, and now this is something different and left my heart smiling.
“We are all grateful for this wonderful surprise we got.”