haircutsBy Jann Wiswall

Wouldn’t it be nice if every child could go back to school sporting a fresh, new haircut, a new backpack and maybe a new outfit?

For many families, that’s just not financially possible. But a group of hairstylists from around the area have gotten together to offer kids one part of that equation: a free back-to-school haircut.

[Other groups are taking care of new backpacks – see Great Valley Auxiliary story, page 4.]

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, families can stop by the Little Valley Municipal Building from 5:30-7 p.m., where a team of licensed stylists will be on hand to handle as many kids as they can.

The effort is the brainchild of stylist Andrea Pincoski, who lives in Napoli and works at a salon in Jamestown.

“I got to thinking about how expensive haircuts for three or four kids could be for a family on a limited budget,” she said. “If I didn’t know how to cut hair, I don’t know if I could afford it for my own kids.”

So last year, she talked to some stylist friends she’d met through various training events and hair shows, arranged for the donated space, and invited people to bring their kids. Kids from any school and any area are welcomed.

“Five stylists took care of 22 kids last year,” she said.

This year, Pincoski is hoping to have seven stylists on site. To date, she and four others are confirmed: Chantel Rublee, who works out of her home in Mansfield; Jessica Bird-Eaton, who runs a salon in Great Valley and lives in Allegany; Tina Hice, a licensed stylist involved in youth ministry in Little Valley; and Kim Burrows, a stylist from Frewsburg.

The program has been such an inspiration for Pincoski’s family that her mother, grandmother and aunt are all baking cookies for participants this year.

“Salon trade magazines are always featuring people doing something good for their communities,” Pincoski said. “This is a small way we can give parents some relief on finances and give kids the feeling of going back to school in style.”

The Little Valley Municipal Building is located at 103 Rock City Rd. next to Crosby’s in the center of town. All are welcome.