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Tucson woman gives free hair cuts and styles to kids for back to school

Wanted to help them feel confident for first day
Little girl gets hair styled for back to school
Posted at 6:17 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 10:49:00-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Stephanie Gable hopped on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon to let her friends know she wanted to give out free haircuts and styles to help their kids feel confident for back to school.

Over 30 shares later, people were reaching out to her that she didn't even know.

"I'm thinking two or three of my friends are going to hit me up and say, hey do my kids hair, but then people were sharing it that didn't even live in Tucson and had family here," Gable said.

Gable is a single mom and felt she always had the support from the Tucson community to help with her son's football passion, so she wants to give back.

She figured, why not use my skills to do hair, to help kids feel confident.

"I just thought to myself, learning with confidence. If you go in and your hair is done, and you got your new outfit and you got your new backpack, you don't have to worry about what people are saying, you're there to learn," Gables said.

After she posted, her friends offered to help volunteer with her.

"I also was that one child that didn't get to have my hair styled sometimes for special occasions, and it means a lot to a kid when someone does something nice for them," Gable's friend Cindy Watson.

This turned into a snowball affect of others offering to give out backpacks and school supplies.

In just two days, Gable and Watson were able to do hair for more than 20 kids.

"I did this little girl's hair, and I did her hair, and she wanted two buns on the top of her head," Gable said. "I braided one side up, and I put the bun on it and then I braided the other side. I told her go look at it, and she went to the bathroom and came back and she had the biggest smile on her face. She was like, 'yeah, yeah' and I said 'the other buns going to go right here' and she's like 'yes, yes, yes', and she was so excited it was so cute," Gable said.

Her and Watson plan to put another event for Tucson Unified School District's Picture Day. She's getting more moms and barbers involved for free haircuts and styles for kids.

She's not asking for any money, but if anyone is interested in volunteering do her next event, she said to reach out to her.

"I own this comb, this comb is mine, I own these fingers, and it cost me zero dollars to do all these heads," Gable said.