Decatur salon helps parents cut back on back-to-school costs

Metamorphosis Salon and Spa gives 186 students free haircuts

DECATUR, Ala. - On Monday, 186 students in Decatur got their hair cut for the first day of school, and the haircuts were all free thanks to Metamorphosis Salon and Spa.

There was not an empty chair at Metamorphosis Salon. The salon in Southeast Decatur offered free haircuts for students in kindergarten to 12th grade.

"I was on social media one night and saw several parents posting about budgeting for school supplies, and school clothes and things like that. I thought if we could step in and offer free haircuts it would help them with the burden," said Dawana Dumas owner of Metamorphosis Salon and Spa.

Parents said haircuts are one of the many expenses they have when preparing children for the first day of school. "It gets very costly and I know my barber shop, we have to pay $13 for a haircut. It's a flat rate, me and the children, everybody has to pay $13, so an event like this for school every bit counts," said Amberly Cole. 

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to dish out $29.5 billion for back-to-school this year.

"Doctor visits to school clothes shopping; school shoe shopping; the electronics that are now needed in school,” said parent Lisa Doorlag. “The basics, there's just many, many things you have to do now, it's not just get on the bus and get back to school anymore," she continued. 

Stylists from various North Alabama salons volunteered their time and skills. Along with haircuts, the salon had snacks, face painting and a movie to entertain the kids as they waited.

This was the first year the salon hosted the free haircut event. Dumas hopes to make it an annual tradition.
 


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