Attleboro salon owner gives free back-to-school haircuts to 140+ kids

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Heather Silva is in her busy season.

“I did 140 haircuts. There are probably more [who] came in I did not document,” she said.

That’s how many haircuts Heather gave to kids in grades pre-k through 12 the week before school started. All were free; more than $2,500 worth of haircuts. She said it was her way of paying it forward.

“I just wanted to give back to the community, and I felt children need the confidence to go back to school full-time,” Silva said.

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Silva has been in the beauty business for 12 years. She opened her Attleboro shop, The Hair Saloon, in December 2020. She said it’s difficult for many families to afford haircuts for their kids, especially now during the pandemic.

“A lot of families with three children or more, children that haven’t had a haircut in a while. But it helped out a lot of families,” Silva said.

Silva and three co-workers all volunteered their time and a local teacher even donated gift cards for Silva to hand out to families for back-to-school shopping. Silva said she will be running specials throughout the year to help families.

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