Restoring dignity one haircut at a time.
That's the goal of Community Hair Project, a charity which visits homeless shelters, women's refuges, community centres and parks around Australia to give free haircuts to those in need.
The group has been servicing Wollongong since 2018 but can only continue if they find two local hairdressers willing to donate their time and services.
"Our three (Wollongong) hairdressers have all had life events that have meant they needed to stop hairdressing," founder Christine Mastello said.
"We provide insurances, a T-shirt, capes and provide assistance to our volunteer hairdressers in any other way they might need.
The group provides haircuts from 10am to noon once a month at one of three local women's refuges, and from 5.30pm to 7pm one Thursday a month doing haircuts for the homeless.
Ms Mastello started the Community Hair Project in 2017, after an exchange with a mother who came into one of the food banks she operated on the Central Coast.
"She came in with her three sons who told me they were excited about getting their school photos," she said.
"But she took me aside and said she couldn't afford haircuts for the photos, and she didn't want them looking back and seeing how poor they were.
"It instantly resonated with me - I have three sons too - and I called in a friend who was a hairdresser who gave the boys a haircut and I paid for their photos."
Four months later, Ms Mastello had set up the non-profit organisation and now monthly events are held at dozens of sites across the country.
Often held in collaboration with other charities, such as St Vincent's de Paul or local soup kitchens and community groups, they offer more than a haircut.
"People get their haircut, they get to feel good about themselves, they also get someone that listens to them, who will shake their hand or give them a hug," she said.
"And because we go back regularly, we build relationships with people - we remember their names."
Ms Mastello said the events wouldn't be possible without the generosity of hairdressers and barbers who offered two hours of their time for free.
"They get so much out of it too - the people we help, they really touch our hearts," she said.
"For instance there was a lady from a women's refuge who hadn't had her hair cut in 27 years, who came to the event with her long hair wound in a big bun.
"There was a homeless man who lived under a bridge in Melbourne - he had cancer and Vinnies would pick him up to take him to get chemo and then drop him back at the bridge. They brought him to us to get his head shaved.
"You can't help but be touched by these people, and to want to help them and so many others like them."
Ms Mastello said Wollongong stylists who wanted to help out could check out the Facebook site, or visit communityhairproject.org