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Powerhouse Community Development and Studio Flair team up to provide free haircuts for Columbia fifth graders

A Battle Elementary School student gets a free haircut on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.
A Battle Elementary School student gets a free haircut on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.


Non-profit Powerhouse Community Development and Studio Flair have teamed up for their "Columbia Flair" event to provide free haircuts and styles to fifth-grade students at Columbia Public Schools for their graduation ceremonies.

Volunteers were at Battle Elementary School Tuesday to give 22 fifth-grade students a haircut with a style for free before they attended their celebration at 11 a.m. Students received cuts from trims to lineups and also received styles including curls, braids and ponytails.

Columbia Flair is being held at a total of eight Title I CPS elementary schools. The first event was held last Wednesday at Benton Elementary and will end at Derby Ridge Elementary this Wednesday.

Free haircuts and styles are available to all fifth-grade students at all participating elementary schools as long as they get a permission slip signed. The last day of school for CPS is Thursday.

Kyla Uhuru, the owner of Studio Flair Salon, says she and Powerhouse Community Development teamed up last year for the event and coming together happened naturally.

"We're trying to get more of the professionals in the hair industry united and for the kids. It's the perfect way to do it," Uhuru said. "Everyone knows people so this was just a great way to have a larger outreach."

The event reached 93 students this year and last year they served 50 students, Uhuru said. She hopes next year they can expand their services to reach more students.

"We hope that we have enough volunteers in the future to serve every fifth grader and not have such a select situation with all these limitations with limited volunteers," Uhuru said.

To expand services, Uhuru says they need more certified braiders and barbers as volunteers. To donate to Powerhouse Community Development you can do so by going here.

You can also send a donation via PayPal and Cash App by searching Powerhouse Community Development or by calling 314-582-3898.

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