Rudy Ibanez gave his first free haircut after a homeless man on the street asked him for money.
“I got off of work and saw this homeless man with long hair and beard,” said Ibanez, who approached him to offer a haircut. “The first thing he said, ‘Hey bro do you have any money.’ [I said] I do have my clippers and I can give you a hair cut.”
While the man was reluctant at first, Ibanez said he eventually won him over and gave him a haircut and shave. He told Ibanez he hadn’t had a haircut in five years.
“The first thing he said was ‘Wow,’… like three times. He was trying to open up his mouth and nothing was coming out,” Ibanez remembered.
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Ibanez then bought the man a meal and some clothing before going their separate ways. Ibanez said he knew instantly that he wanted to help others.
“It really changes my whole state of mind,” Ibanez said to ABC News. “I was trying to do some good in life.”
Now, Ibanez meets with homeless people looking for a trim every Sunday. He said he goes to the same area every week and now has his own following.
“They just ask me how my day is going,” Ibanez said of those he meets. “I asked them how is your day, how is life treating you bro?”
Ibanez said he generally works until his wireless clippers give out.
“I just go as long as the battery lasts,” he said. “Sometimes there could be six or seven homeless people at the most.”
Ibanez started cutting hair at 12-years-old, because he felt it was an extension of his drawing. He said loves spending time outside of his barber shop and meeting people who are thankful for some conversation and a haircut.
“It’s been life-changing for me and I’ve been doing that ever since” the first free haircut, he said. “I’m blessed, I love it.”