PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles hair salon is offering free haircuts to veterans on Veterans Day.
Today, veterans are invited to Fringe Hair Studio, 902 E. First St., to walk in and get their hair cut for free — no appointment needed.
It’s the third year the hair salon has offered free haircuts for veterans, an effort spearheaded by stylist Vanessa Pulsipher.
“It’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve been able to take part in,” she said.
She started the annual effort after a video of other stylists offering haircuts to veterans brought her to tears.
She shared it with the other stylists and the tradition was born.
During the first year, nearly 60 veterans were served. After that, they stopped counting.
“We love to hear their stories,” she said. “We get little snippets and they talk back and forth between our chairs, sharing stories with each other.”
She said at least three stylists plan on participating this year.
The salon will be closed to its everyday clients today, but the community is invited to visit and thank veterans for their service, she said.
“We’re welcoming other people in the community to stop by and offer their thanks as well,” she said. “We have had people do that, and the veterans that are in here are very touched by that.”
Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.