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Bad hair, don’t care: Birds Barbershop to provide free cuts to medical workers

Deborah Sengupta Stith, dsengupta@statesman.com
[COURTESY OF BIRDS BARBERSHOP]

Like many businesses across the country, Austin’s rock ’n’ roll barber chain, Birds Barbershop has been forced to close its doors while we shelter at home during the pandemic. A month or so into this, the company’s owners (correctly) guessed their customers might be looking a little rough around the edges.

“Like you, we’ve spent the last few weeks thinking of what’s really important. It goes without saying that we can’t wait to take care of you again. We bet you need haircuts as badly as we do,” an email sent out to Birds customers said.

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To foster a sense of unity in this very shaggy spring, Birds is running a special promotion: Take a photo of your messy hair, tag the company on social media and include the hashtag #missubirds and they’ll give a free haircut to a medical worker for each post once the barbershop is able to re-open.

Bad hair, don’t care, Austinites are embracing the challenge. We’re all in this together.