They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s easier said than done. In our society, it’s easy to judge someone by the way they look and treat them differently because of it. A homeless man named Jose Antonio knows all too well what this is like. Without access to a shower, his unkempt beard and overgrown hair made people turn away from him rather than see who he really was on the inside. Luckily for him, he was offered the chance for a free makeover. Little did he know how much it would change his life for the better.
He Suffered From Mental Illness
For most of his adult life, Spanish native Jose Antonia lived on the streets in Palma. Although he had been trained in a technical field, it wasn’t his lack of effort that constantly landed him on the streets.
Unfortunately, he struggled with mental illness which made it difficult for him to live normally and form a routine that would be conducive to someone working full time. Instead, he found himself frequently living on the streets.
A Known Member Of The Community
For almost 25 years Jose was a local trademark of Palma. Although locals familiar with his presence knew who he was, many would typically carry on with their daily lives, not giving him a second thought. However, a group of the locals took a liking to Jose, and even gave him the affectionate nickname “Josete.”
As the years went on, those who cared for Jose began to devise a plan to get him back on his feet, although Jose had no knowledge of their plan. They didn’t want to get his hopes up until it was a sure thing.
He Tried His Best To Earn Money
At just 30 years old, Jose lost his home and found himself living on the streets. But he didn’t give up entirely and did his best to make any money that he could. He worked small jobs for meager wages, even working as a parking attendant in Mallorca for some time.
Most of his money went towards buying food, although it wasn’t enough to put a roof over his head.
Things were looking grim until he eventually met Salva Garcia, a Palma local who would be instrumental in changing his life.
An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse
After almost 25 years of being homeless, Jose had grown used to his life on streets. Although he was 55 years old, he looked much older due to his living conditions. His hair was long and his beard was shaggy, adding decades to his look.
But after being approached by Salva, he was going to hopefully get out of his less-than-ideal situation. Salva was the owner of a salon called ‘La Salvajeria,’ and offered Jose the opportunity to have a complete makeover with no charge at all.
A Whole New Look Was Needed
Salva recognized that Jose would need a completely new look if he ever wanted to find success in a professional career once again. She also understood that it would take more than just a haircut and a shave to get him back on his feet and in order to be taken seriously.
After making it clear that she would be covering the cost of the makeover, Jose gladly accepted Salva’s offer. He was ready to change his life.
He would later be beyond pleased with his decision.
Taking The First Step
Upon entering the salon, Jose felt extremely uncomfortable. For 25 years he had remained on the streets with such an establishment being completely out of his reach. He felt that he didn’t belong in such a nice place, especially since he wasn’t paying.
While he may have thought about going back on his decision to accept the offer, he knew this was the first step in changing his life. So, he calmed himself, knowing how beneficial this experience would be.
Saying Goodbye To Mirrors
Before starting the makeover process, Jose stared at himself for a long time, knowing that he probably wouldn’t even recognize himself after. Then, all of the mirrors were taken down in the salon so that Jose would only see the final results.
Jose then asked, "Leave the doors over the mirror open for the moment so I can see myself for the last time like this, then close them to see if when they open again, it’s as if something else really opened up in my life, like a symbol."
Looking Good, Feeling Better
When Jose first entered the salon, his hair was long and gray, reaching down to his shoulders. His beard was also unkempt too, which wasn’t only uncomfortable but unprofessional.
Of course, for the past 25 years, Jose didn’t care about his physical appearance, as he was more worried about what he was going to eat, where he was going to sleep, and how he was going to survive.
However, he was ready for a change and Salva was there to help.
Jose Was Nervous
As soon as Salva began cutting away his hair and beard, Jose began to express how nervous he was about the whole process. Even though he agreed to go through with the makeover, he was scared about how everything would turn out and was scared about the unknown.
Regardless of his concerns, he knew that this makeover would be life-changing and would maybe even help him get back on his two feet again. This would be a redefining moment for him, something not everyone is as lucky to get.
He Was Getting Rid Of A Lot Of Hair
Salva brought along a group of her top beard and hair stylists to give Jose the makeover he deserved. The team worked extremely hard, considering that this was no regular styling appointment, there was a lot to be done.
He had so much hair that the team had to put it in a bun while they took care of other parts of his face. His new look was coming along nicely, as he was being transformed from a man on the streets into a stylish gentleman.
Giving Him Some Color
Since Jose’s hair was so gray, it made him look decades older than he actually was. So, Salva and her team thought that it would be best to change his hair back to its natural color which Jose told them was brown.
By coloring his hair, they knew that not only would it make him look more personal, but it would also help make him look way younger.
The dying process was time-consuming but everyone knew that it would be worth it.
Onto The Beard
Unsurprisingly, Jose hadn’t been taking very good care of his beard since he had been living on the streets for so long. The hair on his face has become long, grey, and unkempt to the point that Salva knew it needed some serious work as well.
She first cleaned it, then added the same coloring that they had done to his hair. She then shaped his beard into a sleek and clean look. His new look was becoming a reality.
Feeling The Difference
As the process continued, Jose could the feel chunks of his hair falling to the ground and his head getting lighting. The weight of being homeless was literally being lifted off of his shoulders.
Being homeless, it was rare for Jose to receive this much affection and one-on-one time with other people. He wasn’t even used to people talking to him on the street.
Now, with all of his nerves gone, he was enjoying every second of being pampered.
Changing The Shape And Texture Of His Beard
One of the first biggest changes made to Jose’s appearance was the shape and texture of his beard. While on the streets, the hair on his face had become dry and brittle, making it look particularly unkempt.
However, the stylists applied a deep conditioning treatment to his beard, moisturizing it and helping to bring it back to life. Jose was only a matter of hours away from his makeover being fully complete. Something he couldn’t wait to see.
After all of the major coloring, trimming, and cutting of his hair and beard were complete, there were only a few little details that needed to be taken care of.
The team went to work trimming and cutting any stray hairs that they could find, giving him a perfectly trimmed jawline. Jose even let them give him a shave around his neck.
After his hair and face were done, there was only one thing left to do, pick out the perfect wardrobe for him.
New Man, New Clothes
There’s a saying that goes “the clothes make the man,” and that’s something that couldn’t be any more true in the case of Jose’s transformation. Finding the right clothes for Jose was the final step in his full transformation, and in his case it was trying on some new designer clothes.
As soon as he put on the new clothes he felt like a brand new person — after all, he had been wearing the same raggedy clothes for years.
A Look At What Was
Before Jose walked into the salon, he looked like a different man. He looked tired and much older than he actually was. He was wearing the same clothes that he had been wearing for the past 25 years and was dirty beyond belief.
His hair was long and shaggy and his beard hadn’t been maintained in years. Take a long look at this picture before you see the final transformation that Jose underwent. The difference is uncanny.
The Shocking Difference
Even the stylist were amazed by how well Jose cleaned up. He looked completely reborn from the man that had walked into the salon earlier, leaving everybody in the salon speechless.
His unkempt beard and hair had been switched out with a clean, controlled, and suave new look. However, there was one final step in the process, Jose had to see what he looked like.
He wasn’t ready to believe his own eyes.
The Big Reveal
After countless hours of the salon’s staff working on Jose’s new look, it was time for the big reveal. Jose’s reaction was just about what you would imagine.
He couldn’t believe his own eyes when the staff showed him what he now looked like. His eyes filled with tears and he rubbed his hands through his beard and hair in disbelief.
After so many years of living homeless with no ability to stay clean and well kept, he had a new sense of hope that it’s never too late to start over.
Jose Was In Shock
Jose was so overwhelmed by the change he underwent that he was at a complete loss for words. After a few moments of sitting in disbelief, he finally opened up to say this, "My God, this is incredible, is this me? I’m so different, no one’s going to recognize me unless I tell them who I am."
He wasn’t wrong either, his other friends and the locals had no idea who he was when he finally stepped out of the salon.
A New Door Was Opened
After living as a homeless man for 25 years, Jose suddenly had the realization that he could now have a new opportunity at life, something that might not have been possible without his makeover.
His new look gave him a deep satisfaction and he was determined to make the most of it. His new look gave him hope, something that he had lost many years ago. It was now up to him to make this new look work in his favor.
A New Day
Even though he felt a new sense of hope, he still couldn’t get over just how different he looked. He said that "I have totally changed. It’s not me!" Even though it was just his physical look that had been changed, it helped him gain a whole new outlook on life.
He had a new positive mindset and even his posture and demeanor changed, he really was a new man. He couldn’t stop smiling even if he wanted to.
Now, it was time to put his new looks to work.
Heading Back To His Old Spot
After leaving the salon, Jose headed back to the spot he knew all too well, his monument. It was here that he would spend his days smoking cigarettes and listening to old cassette tapes to pass the time.
However, this time at the monument, he was no longer the man he once was. He was dressed in new clothes, looked like a new man, and had a brand new outlook on life. He was no longer the homeless man that sat there as people passed him by without any regard.
People Were Doing Double Takes
Even the people that have been seeing Jose around for years couldn’t believe how he looked when they saw him for their first time. The local waitresses that were used to seeing him everyday were ecstatic when they saw him and couldn’t be happier for him.
Many people were complimenting him on his looks and were giving him thumbs up and high fives as he walked by. While hours before he looked like a homeless man on the streets, he now looked like a magazine model.
The man that was once nicknamed Josette was no more.
More And More Compliments
When other people saw Jose, they just had no idea who he was at all. Most people would have never guessed that the man wearing red pants was the homeless man that they had seen around town for 25 years. Out of a few men that recognized him, one asked, "No Josette?" and the other even asked where his Ferrari was.
These were only a few of the reactions that Jose got as he walked around the streets that he once called home. The locals weren’t the only people that were shocked either, as Jose was equally bewildered as he made his rounds.
He Wasn’t Recognized At His Favorite Spots
To show off his look to those that knew him, Jose went and bought a beer from a bar that he had been to numerous times. The waiter came out and gave him his beer and didn’t say anything, as he had no idea who he was. It wasn’t until Jose asked why he didn’t recognize him that the waiter was stunned beyond belief.
He responded by saying "I do know you now!" Jose was no longer seen as the homeless man that he had once been labeled as, with most people having no idea who he was.
Catching New Looks From The Ladies
The most surprising reactions of all actually came from the ladies! Many women were left completely speechless by his transformation. They kept telling him that he is “very, very handsome,” and Jose would respond with “thank you very much.”
Those that knew Jose before thought that his new look was remarkable and he reacted with them in a completely new way. It was clear that Jose’s new look not only made him look better but made him feel more confident in his interactions with other people as well.
He Became A Viral Sensation
While he was once a homeless man on the streets of Spain, it didn’t take long for his story to go viral online after it was posted. His transformation became an online sensation and everyone wanted to talk to him and hear his story.
In an interview, he said that "It wasn’t just a change of look. It changed my life." His newfound celebrity status then began to help him out financially.
He no longer had to live on the streets and now had a new chance at living a normal life.
Approaching His Old Employers
Even his old employers didn’t recognize him at first. One local woman named Paola Bocardo was thrilled and claimed that she was at a loss for words. She continued to say that "Jose helps me to park my car every day. When we saw him after his makeover we didn’t recognize him. He’s a wonderful person and the video is amazing."
Today, Jose has even been referred to as the "Spanish Hugh Jackman." Yet, he wasn’t happy with just his new look, he claimed that "What I want now is a proper job."
He’s A Ladies Man Now
Jose is now on the search for a woman that he can call his own. Since nobody can recognize him, he believes that it’s the perfect time for him to have a shot at love. Although not long ago he was homeless and living on the streets, he is now a well-groomed and suave older man, and the ladies love him for it.
Whether they know his story or not, it’s clear that Jose is doing alright for himself in that department, something that he wasn’t used to until now.
He’s Getting Support From Everyone
While Jose was working at a restaurant assistant, parking cars in the parking lot, a local businessman was passing through. When he caught one look at Jose he couldn’t believe it. He couldn’t even explain how good Jose looked and was overwhelmed with emotion.
Being so happy for Jose and what the future holds for him, he walked up and gave him a massive hug to show his support. He also gave him a huge congratulations, something that truly meant a lot to Jose.
Today, Jose is just glad to be keeping his look natural and under control. But that’s not all! He’s even made some physical altercations on his own. He shaved his beard entirely, so now he has a clean face like he did when he was younger.
While people were already calling him the Spanish Hugh Jackman, his clean-shaven face made it so people began calling him Jose Clooney, after George Clooney, the original silver fox. If people are comparing you o him, you must be doing something right!
Unfortunately, Jose ran into health problems.
He Almost Went Blind
After years of living on the streets and not having proper health care or a solid diet, Jose ended up developing cataracts, leaving him almost blind. After everything he had gone through, he wasn’t going to let this stop him.
Luckily, fortune shined on Jose and he was able to receive the surgeries necessary to help heal his eyes as best as possible. Today, Jose can almost see perfectly which means he is both looking good and seeing well too.
He’s No Longer Homeless
Since his incredible transformation, Jose’s life has turned around in more ways than one. He now looks better than most people, has a part-time job, and is receiving the financial aid necessary to greatly improve his quality of life. However, the greatest thing to happen to Jose is that he isn’t homeless anymore.
He now has an apartment and his very own bed, something he lived without for 25 years. With his life in order more than ever, he is on the search for a full-time job to better his life even further.
Read on for more amazing transformations that completely changed other homeless peoples’ lives!
These Before And After Haircuts For the Homeless Completely Transformed Their Appearance
Twenty to 25% of the homeless population in the United States suffer from severe mental illness, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. Along with mental issues, many people on the streets are faced with disease, hunger, and various other problems. One often-overlooked issue among the homeless is their personal appearance. While some homeless people choose to remain on the streets, others simply have a tough time finding a job when they haven’t had a trim or shave in months or even years. Thankfully, barbers and hairstylists around the world have started to take notice, offering free haircuts to homeless people in need.
These before and after photos of homeless people and their haircuts will amaze you and hopefully bring a little bit of perspective into your life.
This Man Wants To Get His Life Back On Track
46-year-old Simon was trying to get his life back on track when he met Nasir Sobhani, a hair stylist who uses his one day off per week to give haircuts to homeless people in need. Simon was trying to kick his heroin habit and get his life back on track.
The homeless man is nearly unrecognizable when his long hair is trimmed back to show off his good-looking face. Simon told his hair styling that he “felt like a new man” when he looked in the mirror and realized how much his look changed from one moment to the next.
A New Look To Go With His Haircut
Twenty-eight-year-old Mark suffers from mental illness. When hair stylist Nasir Sobhani found him on the streets, he knew what needed to be done. He started by giving the man a very nice haircut and then turned his attention to a new wardrobe. “Looking at him afterward I was quite taken aback myself and told him ‘Mark, you look so good bro’ and he responded with ‘I know, and I feel GREAT!'” Sometimes even the smallest of gestures can have the biggest impact on someone’s life, especially when they don’t have anyone else to care for them.
A New Hope For A Lost Mother
Thirty-four-year-old Carla fell into a hopeless battle with heroin addiction after she lost custody of her three children. She soon lost her job and ended up on the streets. Her hair stylist says he could “feel her pure heart” and wanted to help make her feel better about herself while giving her the strength to move forward with her life and hopefully get her children back. It’s really amazing how a simple haircut can change someone’s outlook on life. Just look at Carla’s before and after photos and it’s already apparent she could be a changed woman if she put her mind and heart into a life-changing transformation.
Getting Better For His Brother
Ganesh, 34, fell into a horrible addiction to heroin after his girlfriend left with their son. He eventually started to take control of his life when his mentally ill brother needed someone to care for him. Ganesh asked that his beard stay at least partially intact but said it could be trimmed back — just not removed completely. It was a good choice because he now looks like a transformed man and we hope he stays away from drugs and continues to help his brother in any way he can in the future. What an amazing transformation!
What A Difference This Gift Made
Ganesh made our list for kicking his heroin habit in order to help his brother, Vic. We thought it was only fitting that we also show off Vic’s transformation. Vic suffered from mental issues that probably stem from his drug abuse. Ganesh devotes himself full-time to making sure Vic is OK. Vic doesn’t speak, but hair stylish Sobhani said that when Vic saw his new haircut, “his smile when he looked at the mirror said a thousand words.” Haircuts can’t solve the world’s problems but they definitely have an immediate impact on the people who see themselves in a new light for the first time in a long time.
Rachel’s First ‘Proper’ Haircut Since 13
Rachel is a 28-year-old mom of one. When she was only 13 years old she ran away from home and started using heroin. She kicked the bad habit and ended up having a child and caring for them. When she was introduced to her hairstylist on the street, she explained that her last proper haircut was when she was 13. Here’s to a new start and a happy future for Rachel and her son Xavier. He probably didn’t even recognized his mom after this long overdue hairstyle was given to her. What a beautiful transformation!
A Man With Big Plans In Scotland
Meet Paul, a 54-year-old homeless man in Scotland. His story is a sad one. Paul worked full-time as an auto mechanic in England for most of his life. Five years ago he moved to Scotland believing he could find work and continue to contribute to society. Unfortunately, work was hard to come by and he soon ran out of money. When a barber found him on the street he offered to cut his hair and the transformation is beautiful. Paul eventually made it back to London so here’s hoping he was able to get his life back on track.
From Disheveled to Professional In Minutes
Twenty-eight-year-old hairdresser Joshua Coombes has made it a mission to give free haircuts to the homeless whenever he’s not working for pay. When the New York City hairdresser visited Exeter, Devon, he decided to find some homeless people in need. This man was wandering down the street in a nice shirt but his hair was matted and unkempt. Coombes got to work and gave the man a more dashing look that matches his well-kept beard and mustache. It doesn’t take much to help those in need and just look at the smile on this man’s face after seeing himself in a mirror.
Sometimes A Simple Buzzcut Can Be Transformative
Nasir Sobhani definitely deserves his nickname, “The Streets Barber.” Sometimes he creates some snazzy new hairstyles for his clients, but there are times when he realizes that a simple buzzcut could give someone that fresh new look they need to find a new job or lift their spirits. This man is completely unrecognizable after his beard and mustache are cut off and his long hair is buzzed down to almost nothing. If more people would reach out and help the homeless in this type of way, it could help a lot of people get out of their rut.
A Man On A Mission — One Haircut At A Time
Nasir Sobhani doesn’t just cut the hair of homeless people, he loves to tell their stories to the world, reminding all of us that these people have struggles and demons they are attempting to overcome. “For me, it is about giving something back and raising awareness of the homeless and by doing it on the street, it breaks the generalization,” Sobhani explains. While some of his customers suffer from drug addiction, others have sought work but failed. With a new haircut and outlook on life, perhaps his work can help those in need change their lot in life.
Phil Is Working Towards A Home Of His Own
Phil loves living in London because people are more kind to the homeless than people in other cities nearby. After receiving a haircut that made him pretty much unrecognizable, Phil said he was excited because a new job was on the horizon. As a painter and decorator, he was promised work that would soon bring him a wage and a place to stay. With a new fancy haircut, we’re sure Phil would soon find the support he deserves from the people around him. It’s really amazing how transformative a haircut can be for someone in need.
Do Something For Nothing – Take A Stance – Make A Difference
A group of men and women in London put together the hashtag #DoSomeThingForNothing. One of the popular choices from hairstylists was to cut the hair of homeless people in the London subway. This man approached and was quickly treated to a haircut. He went from unkempt and shy to smiling as he was sent on his way. A movement has since started all over the world in which hair stylists donate their free time to giving haircuts to people who can’t afford them but desperately need a trim.
The Government Gave Up On This Homeless Man
Thirty-three-year-old Graham was forced to live on the streets after the U.S. Government gave up on him. He suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy so homeless shelters won’t take him in. The government requires trained staff on-call 24 hours who are capable of caring for and assisting people with disabilities – like Graham. Bullies as his school caused his brain injury which left him with epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Despite his lot in life, he showed us a smile after receiving his much needed and deserved haircut.
Look How Much Younger This Man Looks After His Haircut!
Mark Bustos is a high-end hair stylist in New York City. Visit his boutique salon and haircuts start at $150. He’s known as a hair stylist to the stars, but that’s not all he does. When he’s not serving rich customers he heads to the streets, where he finds homeless clients and provides them with free haircuts. Here he is completely transforming a young man with a new haircut. Just look at home much younger his patient looks in these before and after photos. We don’t know the impact these type of haircuts have on the homeless but it’s nice to see someone who cares enough to help in the best way they know how.
It Only Takes A Few Minutes To Transform Someone’s Life In Small Ways
Not every barber on our list travels onto the streets for haircuts. English barber Ged King invites the homeless into Skullfaded Barber Shop in Sale, England. There, he uses the shop he owns to help homeless people find their new look. King heads out in search of homeless people and then gives them the full barbershop experience at his shop. It’s a great way to make a group of men feel like they are being treated like paying customers. “This is Neil he’s had a tough time and spent the last few months living in a tent. He came in today to make use of our Skullfades Homeless Project,” King wrote on Facebook. What an amazing transformation!
It Only Takes One Person To Change A Life
We’re not naive enough to believe that a single haircut is going to be responsible for completely changing someone’s life. With that being said, it could be exactly what a homeless person needs to remind them that there are people who want to help them get back on their feet. Homeless haircut projects like the one above are popping up all over the world. The smiles on every customer’s face reminds us that we all have the ability to help those in need by utilizing the skillsets we already have. What are you doing to help those in need by you?
The Homeless Haircut Bench
The homeless haircut bench in Manhattan provides those in need with a potentially life changing haircut. Jamar was discovered outside the Bowery Mission and was asked if he would like a new haircut. His hair was unkempt and it was pretty obvious he hadn’t shaved in a long time. After his beard and mustache were trimmed and his hair was shaved down, he was incredibly surprised by his new look. He looked up with a smile on his face and asked his barber, “Do you know anyone who is hiring?”
A Goat Herder And A Haircut
This man is a goat herder in Jamaica. A tourist, who also happened to be a barber, realized the man was trying to make extra money by showing his goats to tourists. The barber decided to give the man a haircut to offer a more professional look when approaching tourists. As we often see with much-needed haircuts, the man ended up looking younger and definitely more professional. It only takes a few minutes or even seconds to be kind to homeless people and it can change their outlook in incredibly powerful ways.
He Used To Buzz His Own Hair Until His Buzzers Died
This homeless man was discovered in New York City’s Union Square. He actually owned his own pair of buzzers but they were rusty and didn’t turn on anymore. He realized his next haircut could take a long time to arrive so he asked for a buzz cut. This man moved to NYC on the promise of a job that never came through. He still had a positive outlook on his future and was incredibly happy to receive a much-needed haircut. Here’s to hoping that a single buzz cut ended up helping this man find the job he so desperately wanted in the first place.