It is back-to-school season in the borderland and growing up, I remember when me and my siblings were getting ready to head back to school the first thing on our minds was making sure we got that perfect haircut to show off to our friends!

A local barber understands that for kids, getting that perfect haircut for the first day of school is important, but for many children on the spectrum, a simple haircut can be a struggle which is why he has continued providing his sensory friendly haircuts for local students.

“It can be stressful when you go to other barber shops and there’s a lot more people there and it’s loud,” said Edgar ‘Scissorhands’ a barber at The Gentlemen's Barbershop, “Here, we cater to the children. They want to look good on their first day so that’s what I’m here for. To make these kids feel good about themselves.”

Courtesy: Gentlemen’s Barbershop
Courtesy: Gentlemen’s Barbershop
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“I have family members that are on the spectrum so helping them out, it opened the door for me to help out the children of El Paso,” said Edgar.

Courtesy: Edgar Guerrero
Courtesy: Edgar
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Parents who take their child to get a haircut can expect an environment that caters to their child’s sensory needs. This includes dimming the lights, making sure there is not loud music or sounds, and other things that parents request.

Edgar encourages parents to reserve their spot for their child ahead of time by clicking here. 

“Sensory friendly haircuts are such a huge need for the Autism community here in town and once we partnered with Edgar it's just amazing to have that opportunity of inclusivity in our city,” said Aime Phillips, Board secretary for Autism Hope of El Paso. “It’s so important for the autistic community to feel important, needed, to feel heard and to feel safe.”

Courtesy: Krista Del Toro
Courtesy: Krista Del Toro
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These sensory friendly haircuts are not just for boys. Sensory friendly haircuts will also be provided for young girls as well.

Aside from these sensory-friendly haircuts, parents can take their child to enjoy some fun family activities from 12 pm - 2 pm.

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Sensory Friendly Haircuts:

  • The Gentlemen’s Barbershop by Bissuett: 14701 Marvin Ln
  • Saturday, July 29th: 8 a.m - 8 p.m.
  • Boys cuts $10, Girls $15, any additional family or friends $20.
  • Reservations Required: Click Here To Reserve Your Spot

 

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