Providence salons offer free back-to-school haircuts

Cheyenne Paige, 14, stopped by The Next Level Multiplex on Cranston Street in Providence to get a touch up before starting high school next week.

Salons in Providence offered parents a way to cut costs before beginning the school year.

On Tuesday, seven salons offered free services to all students.

The following salons participated in the Free Haircut Day:

Empire Beauty School, 151 Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Salon Bianco, 423 Atwells Ave, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The G Salon and Spa, 1 Orms Street, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Celebrity Styles, 987 Chalkstone Ave, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Claudia Curl Salon, 744 Hope Street, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Next Level Multiplex, 392 Cranston Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Blade Salon and Barber Shop, 480 Elmwood Ave, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In exchange for the free services, students had to drop off a donation for kids who cannot afford school supplies. Those items will be distributed by the city before the first day of school.

14-year-old Cheyenne Paige stopped by The Next Level Multiplex on Cranston Street to get a touch up before starting high school next week.

"You're going into a new school, you don't know half of the people coming from the other schools so it's like what if they don't like me," Paige said.

Parents complain it's getting more expensive each year to send kids back to school, particularly as they enter high school.

"It's more expensive because as she gets older she wants more, you know the up to date styles, the up to date shoes," said parent Serena Torres, who took her daughter to the Empire Beauty School on Broadway for a haircut.

It wasn't just parents saving money but kids too. Kids like Paige worked all summer to afford their own school supplies.

"I wasn't mad because I was looking forward to that, knowing what I needed and going to get it with my own money that I worked hard for," she said.

"I think it's great because it's putting economics in our kids at an early age," said salon owner J.T. West.

West said teaching kids to work for their education makes them value it more. His 8-year-old daughter works at his salon.

The promotion was only for Tuesday.

Mayor Angel Taveras's Subcommittee on Youth Engagement will collect the donations from the seven salons.

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