So last week I happened upon this dope pic in my feed about a group of barbers giving haircuts to people experiencing homelessness. Inspired, I had to share it!
It broke the internet, but unfortunately, this positive image went the way of many other viral photos as it made its rounds, with the dialogue quickly turning negative. Below, see the real story that was shared by the barber's team and my experience meeting the man behind the haircut, Dexter!
"As this photo continues to go viral, we want to take a moment to tell the story and remind everyone that #GivingIsGood this is not a joking matter, this is a life on the road to change. Barber and owner of @millenniumsalon Dexter Fields in DC joined us with @raheem_devaughn @lovelifeDMV as one of 15 barbers and hair stylists who donated their time and set-up a barber shop under an unused pavilion and provided 187 free hair cuts, styles and indeed transformations to those who were experiencing homelessness. After nearly four hours of cutting, Barry took a seat as one of the last clients for the day and received the royal treatment with a haircut to match. He told Dexter and many around that he hasn't felt or looked this good in years. He was transformed and Dexter agreed to give him a haircut anytime. His dignity was restored as were many of the men who were serviced that day. We thank you Dexter and we thank all of the barbers and over 100 volunteers who gave their time and service to those in need and did so with a smile ! #MeetBarryAndDexter #GivingIsGood #Repost #SundaySoulDC#TrueStory #GiveBack" -
It wasn't until after I shared to FB, that I realized that Dexter was just outside of D.C. This was amazingly serendipitous 'cause Dr. Daddy hasn't had any luck with barbers (he so fancy) since we moved here, back in late 2014. So I tracked Dexter down and he dropped by last night! We talked ish (of course!), entrepreneurship and spirituality. He also shared with us the three things he told Barry while grooming him at the Sunday Soul DC Event--
1) You are my brother and I'm going to take good care of you.
2) You matter to a lot of people, all these people are here for that reason.
3) let's keep in touch, whenever you need a cut come and see me!
Barry said the cut helped him to know that he can move forward with his head up, knowing that he could get his life back together, again. Y'all know my motto-- 'if you're not feeling your hair, you're not feeling yourself', so I most certainly get it and I'm inspired by Dexter and his genuine spirit.
If you're in and around DC and looking to do the big chop (or a second or third one!), or a man in your life needs a new barber experience, check out Millennium Salon in Silver Spring, Maryland!
p.s. Oh, and Dr. Daddy got a gourmet grooming, too! #winning