Filipinos are known for being so kindhearted and caring people. Whenever there are people who are in need of help or care, most Filipinos doesn't hesitate to offer their hand. This is what Filipino hairstylist Mark Bustos is showing right now at the Big Apple.
Every Sunday, Mark Bustos, 30, stylist with a celebrity clientele hits the sidewalk and provides free cuts to the homeless.
Bustos is a Filipino professional stylist, who is working at an elite salon in Chelsea that charges $150 to clients like Norah Jones, Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim.
Tim- "Man! it's really cold, especially at night. I usually try to find a way down into the subways to keep warm... I don't have any friends on the street. I'm kind of a geek, I'm really into nerdy things like sci-fi and comics... It's easily been over a year since my last haircut, I paid $20 for my last one. I don't have the money to get haircuts frequently... After my haircut I'm gonna put all these warm clothes on that you gave me, it's really cold. You guys really made my holiday." #BeAwesomeToSomebody 📷 @devinthedinoe
Molly, 22. "I got in an argument with my roommates and I was forced to leave the apartment because they didn't like my boyfriend. Sometimes I stay at different friends' apartments.... Around the same time I lost my apartment, I also lost my job. The restaurant I was waitressing at closed down. My family won't help me out because they have their own issues. #BeAwesomeToSomebody
Bustos' clients are mostly athletes, fashion designers, models and the well-to-do, in short - wealthy people. But during his day off which is every Sundays of the month, he spend his time cutting hairs of the people who can't even afford to buy a blade or scissors.
Creating a positive feeling in somebody, especially a complete stranger, and filling them with the urge or ability to do or feel something that is beneficial to others, is a priceless feeling. I urge you to try it.. Be creative! 😉 @babyl_a_l_a was able to help break ridiculous social barriers and help tell this man's story to people walking by. In just the amount of time it took me to complete his haircut, we helped him raise enough money to get the work boots that he needed and a place to stay that night... "Unbelievable!! Before you guys came along, I sat on that street corner for 5 hours just to get a cup of coffee!" #BeAwesomeToSomebody 📷 @devinthedinoe
He always start his Sundays by walking down the streets of New York in search of homeless people who wants and needs a haircut. He will approach each and every one of them with just few words to say - "I want to do something nice for you today".
Read more of his story at The New York Times. Make sure to follow and spread the word about Mark Bustos's Instagram account.