Hairdresser helps the homeless through Hair Aid initiative
A southside business owner is doing her bit to change the world and it all starting when she volunteered her hairdressing skills to the homeless.
HAVING A haircut can change the world, just ask hairdresser Bronwyn Ball.
It was 16 years ago when this Bulimba mum of three boys started up her business Endorphin Hair.
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At the time she never imaged the impact she could have cutting someone’s hair until an act of generosity changed her life.
In 2018 she became part of the Hair Aid initiative and travelled overseas to teach haircutting skills in poor communities.
Ever since she has volunteered her time to the homeless at Wynnum offering free haircuts and next month she plans to make her way back to Cambodia to do it all again.
“It is rewarding to be part of this program,” Ms Ball said.
Bron Ball poses for a photograph at her Bulimba home
“It is through Hair Aid that I do this and there is a whole group pf us. We have gone around the world to help other people,” Ms Ball said.
“I was first involved last year and it was so good to give so much back to someone else so I just had to do it again,” she said.
Ms Ball will be in Cambodia for five days teaching the communities how to cut hair.
“It is such a wonderful feeling because we have taught them the basics in hair cutting and they have no running water and live in poverty. Getting a haircut is so important to them and they can make a living out of it. They use the kills to created micro business.”
Ms Ball remembers teaching a 10 year old boy how to cut hair and she said this had been a lasting memory for her. She also said her opportunity has had a lasting impact on her family.
“My oldest boy is 12 and he recently came back from a camp and he didn’t bring his tent home,” she said.
“When I asked him why he said he had donated it to the homeless.”
Hair Aid is a not for profit organisation that sends volunteer hairdresser from all around the world to overseas locations to provide free hair cutting training for people living in critical poverty.
The teams work directly with people living on the street or slum communities or women rescued from the sex trade and prostitution gangs.
As part of her fundraising efforts to be part of Hair Aid Ms Ball will host an event at Cork & Chroma on Saturday, July 20 which includes a painting session and wine and cheese.
To find out more visit endorphinhair.com.au