SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Getting a haircut whenever you need one might be something most people take for granted. A Springfield man is taking his talents to the streets to help those who can’t afford some pampering.
Almost every Tuesday and Saturday evenings Jasiah Jireh is in downtown Springfield with his chair and his tool making a difference one haircut at a time.
“Give them something that they normally wouldn’t be able to get,” he said.
Jireh started coming down to the square in September.
“I just brought a chair down and got a cordless set of clippers,” he said.
He’s been a barber for 17 years.
“I just figured I should take those same talents and help out the best I can,” Jireh said.
Inspired by another barber serving the homeless community in London, he thought he would give back too.
“The homeless people in Springfield they have enough to worry about,” he said.
Once or twice a week he sets up shop around this same location around 7 p.m., and some nights he says he is there until about 1 in the morning. He says in one day he does about 10 to 12 cuts.
He cuts, trims and tapers.
“Make people look good, make people feel good,” he said.
There are those who just happen to stumble upon a free haircut.
“I needed a haircut, and I happened to be walking by and talking to the guys and they ended up talking me into getting a haircut,” said Keith Wheeler who was downtown running some errands.
But Jireh’s main clientele is the homeless community.
“I appreciate it,” said Mike. “This is what the man did. He did a good job.”
“They might have been just one house payment away from being homeless or one accident away from being homeless,” said Jireh.
A free haircut gets them sitting in his chair for the first time, but Jireh says treating them with respect. is how he is forming relationships with his new clients.
“If there’s any way that I can help them boost their self-esteem, make them feel better and look better, that might give them motivation to get back on their feet and do what they wanna do,” he said.
Jireh doesn’t take money for the haircuts, but he says there are those who sometimes leave him a few bucks, a small donation that he uses to buy the products and items used for the haircuts.