Sweet Salon stylist provides free haircuts to the homeless


Ashley Sodosky

Hair stylist Morgan Workman gave free haircuts to the homeless Monday at Harmony House.


Morgan Workman has worked at Sweet Salon for  six months but has been styling and cutting hair for about five years.

Workman is using her talents and skills to give back to the community by cutting hair for homeless people at Harmony House.

Workman has worked with Redemption Church’s Back to School Haircuts for the children of the Huntington City Mission in 2013 and 2014, as well as Toy Train-sponsored events and the Marshall Medical Outreach program.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every first Monday of the month, homeless and formerly homeless men and women who visit Harmony House will be provided with a free haircut in the downtown building.

Workman said she has been cutting hair for people in need since she was in cosmetology school.

“I’ve always been in the restaurant business, servicing people and making people happy,” Workman said. “I tried college for a couple of years and it just wasn’t for me. I went to cosmetology school and I completed that. This is what the big man wanted me to do.”

Workman said a haircut will change someone’s whole world and make him or her feel like a better person.

“I know that I love making people happy,” said Workman. “It puts so much joy in my heart. It’s what God made me for.”

Erin Burges, Huntington resident and senior psychology major, said she thinks Workman has a unique soul, hard to find in today’s world.

“It’s amazing she is donating her time, when she could be making money, to help out people in need for free,” Burgess said. “Just hearing about her volunteering to help out people in need for free makes me want to schedule an appointment to have her do my hair. I know how getting my hair done makes me feel like a brand new person, so I hope that these people feel shiny, new and hopeful. [And] that they can turn their lives around.”

Senior criminal justice major Zachary Gill said he thinks what Workman is doing is incredible.

“It is inspiring to other people to go out and volunteer,” Gill said. “A lot of people don’t want to volunteer, but Morgan got her certificate and works a full time job, but still volunteers to help because it’s the right thing to do and it really gives you a warm feeling inside. Everyone deserves a chance to feel happy and like they can take on the world. I hope Morgan can give that to these people when they see the end results of their haircuts.”

Workman previously worked at Daniel’s Den Professional Hair Design before the building caught on fire, and received her education in cosmetology from Huntington School of Beauty Culture.

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