School kids get free haircuts at beauty academy

Barbers and beauticians at Brawley’s American Beauty Academy gather for a photo during Saturday’s back-to-school event. The event was coordinated by Jaime Abarca (front row, second from left) and Vanessa Herrera (front row, second from right). PHOTO ANDY VELEZ.

BRAWLEY — Students at American Beauty Academy here were giving away free haircuts Saturday to boys and girls ages 5 to 17 for a fresh look going back to school.

Event coordinator Jaime Abarca said he’s witnessed and heard tell of bullying that kids from low-income homes can face because they can’t necessarily afford new clothes and regular haircuts.

School kids get free haircuts at beauty academy

Adrian Alvarez Rodriguez, 10, gets a free haircut from Amanda King early Saturday morning at the American Beauty Academy in Brawley. PHOTO ANDY VELEZ


School kids get free haircuts at beauty academy

Jaime Abarca gives 9-year-old Isaia Nuñez a haircut Saturday at American Beauty Academy in Brawley. The beauty school was giving away free haircuts to school kids ages 5 to 17 for back to school. PHOTO ANDY VELEZ


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