Salon will give free haircuts for students

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Bruce Bishop | Chronicle
Ralph Mercado, one of the barbers at Ohio Exclusive Barber Salon in Amherst, works on Reinaldo Rodriguez of Lorain. The barbers will be offering free haircuts to students for the start of school.

JASON HAWK
EDITOR

Do your kids need haircuts?

With school just around the corner, you’ve probably already been stocking up on bookbags, notebooks, pens, shoes, glue sticks, calculators, binders, highlighters, erasers — it can be overwhelming.

Families nationwide are expected to spend $80.7 billion this year on back-to-school supplies, according to the National Retail Foundation.

Well, here’s a chance to save a little cash.

Ohio Exclusive Barber Salon in Amherst will offer free haircuts Monday, Aug. 19 to kids entering kindergarten through 12th grade, no strings attached.

The event will run from noon to 7 p.m. at 151 Park Ave.

The Amherst location just opened in March but owner Ralph Mercado said his Lorain salon has been giving free back-to-school cuts to kids for years.

“The community’s been so supportive to us. We just want to give back,” he said.

The offer isn’t just for families in desperate need. Mercado said everybody can use a free service.

“You’ve got families of four, five, and if they all need haircuts, you’re talking $20 a haircut — that’s $80 or $100 right there. That could buy a couple extra pair of pants,” he said.