Newport barber taking clippers to the streets, giving free haircuts to homeless

"He said he wanted an 'interview' worthy cut."

NEWPORT, Ky. — Spanky & Co. Barber Shop sits at the foot of Newport’s west side on 12th Street, and when you walk in it seems like a typical, successful barber shop.

“I’m right about a month and a half booked out,” owner Sean Caudill told WCPO.

But, for Caudill, some of the most meaningful time he spends with his clippers is not by appointment, but outside his shop.

Inside Spanky & Co. Barber Shop, in Newport, Ky. (Tony Mirones/WCPO)

Caudill has made it his mission, every week, to venture out into the community and give haircuts to people without homes.

He said the stories he hears are powerful, some sad, some inspiring.

Caudill told WCPO about one client who was living on the street because “she gave all of her money to her son to kick heroin.”

Another whom Caudill remembers fondly, a man named Russ, was so grateful that he tried to pay Caudill for the new hairdo, offering the barber a dollar he acquired from a passerby during the haircut.


Russ-Insisted on holding the dollar up in the picture after cutting his hair! Still blows my mind that the only money...

Posted by Spanky&Co. Barber Shop on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

“I was amazed,” Caudill said. “The only money [Russ] had that day he just took it and gave it to me for cutting his hair. I was like, Russ you know it’s on me today.”

Caudill often shares photos of his street-side clients on Facebook, and the stories behind the cuts:


John- ("I never smile man, but after this hair cut you are making me smile")! Thanks John for blessing my day! He wanted...

Posted by Spanky&Co. Barber Shop on Sunday, November 1, 2015

And it’s not just Newport and Cincinnati. Caudill hopes to spread this idea world-wide.

“Barbers without borders, yea,” he said, talking about an upcoming trip to Nicaragua he has planned.

“I want to venture out to third world countries and see and hopefully plant a seed to where I can get the less fortunate either cutting hair to make a living or helping out in their community,” he said.

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