Student Being Investigated For Giving Free Haircuts to the Homeless

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by Josie Wales

An Arizona cosmetology student is currently being investigated for giving free haircuts to the homeless. Juan Carlos Montesdeoca has been giving away free haircuts to homeless individuals at Santa Rita park in Tucson and recently organized an event called Haircuts for the Homeless at a local library, during which he offered free haircuts and manicures to the homeless people of Tucson.

Montesdeoca has been homeless in the past and wanted to do his part to help the community in any way he could. The cosmetology student says he was inspired to offer his services after he helped cut hair for a woman with cancer. I started this as an act of kindness for a mom I met on Tucson Angels Facebook group,” he says. He also does it in memory of his mother, who lost her hair.

He decided to take his talents to the streets when his Regency Beauty school shut down last September, but he was shocked when he found out he was being investigated by the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology for practicing without a license.They can suspend – even before I even try to get a license, they can say no. That would be very very unfortunate,” he says.

Donna Aune, the state board’s executive director, told Tucson News Now they stand by the words in the state statute that say, in part, that “A person shall not perform or attempt to perform cosmetology without a license or practice in any place other than in a licensed salon,” and that an unlicensed person cutting hair outside a licensed salon is a “real risk.”

Unfortunately, legislation is making it more and more difficult for communities to aid the homeless in any way. From making it illegal to feed the hungry to ripping down shelters and stealing blankets, government agencies not only refuse to help but actively prevent others from doing so. It’s absurd to think Juan Carlos Montesdeoca poses a threat to his community by offering free haircuts to those living on the streets. Sadly, the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology disagrees.

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  • bengrego

    Don’t see what all the fuss is about…..he IS a student and they are NOT to provide services without a license, even at no charge……..another example of making mountains out of molehills….Once he gets his license, he can give free haircuts all day long………understand?!?!?!?

    • Rick E.

      I DO understand, and I hear your point made. I think that this kind of thing should also be relevant also, as to how risky the situation is, and there’s very little risk involved with giving haircuts–just money to be made by regulating the shit out of it with licenses and fees up the keester.

      • bengrego

        I agree with you for the most part….but if he does it and gets away with it, who knows where it could lead? I guess the ‘authorities’ feel it’s better to keep a ‘tight rein’ on this sort of thing, sad as it is!!!

        • Mara natha

          Yeah it can get completely out of hand! People could have real haircuts all the time and everywhere . What a terrible thing to see ! Quick nip it in the bud!

          It’s obviously safer to pursue the poor young barber student then it is to go after the real criminals in our society . This is a laughingstock and you know it .

          • TrevorD


        • NonYo Business

          They are only the authorities because the citizens of america allow them to hold some imaginary power over them.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Since your State-theism blinds you to the painfully obvious. . . allow me to explain.


      Now, on to the rest of it.

      Arizona Board of Cosmetology License Requirements (2015)

      BARBER LICENSE: 1500 Hours (Call Board of Barbering)
      COSMETOLOGY INSTRUCTOR LICENSE: Cosmetology License for 1 Year + 650 Hours*
      ESTHETICIAN INSTRUCTOR LICENSE: Esthetician License for 1 Year + 500 Hours*
      NAIL TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTOR LICENSE: Nail Technician License for 1 Year + 350 Hours*
      MASSAGE THERAPIST LICENSE: 700 Hours(Call Board of Massage Therapy)

      In order to become a police officer in Arizona – de facto and de jure, a thug with a license to kill – it takes 585 hours of schooling.

      • Roy Hobs

        Since your State-theism blinds you to the painfully obvious
        Not ‘obvious’ enough for the sheeple. We are living in a real life movie version of “Idiocracy”. Logic and Reason are endangered species.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          And Common Sense is so rare that it should be reclassified as a Superpower.

          • Roy Hobs


          • NonYo Business

            lol… that would make a good movie.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Batman vs Common Sense Man


          • Rey d’Tutto

            common sense isn’t

    • NonYo Business

      I dont need a license to do anything. Only the masters you kneel to, require a license to do practically everything. USA is not free, though I do not recognize their authority to tell me for whom I can give haircuts or any other human right.

    • lordpeckerwoodfive

      every school i know of has students cutting people’s hair. He’s just doing extra credit work

      • bengrego

        Yes they do that everyday but that’s under supervision by the instructor not out on the street I don’t agree with that either he’s only trying to help people but that’s the way it is sad

      • bengrego

        yes, but done under supervision…..a little different than doing it in the street……..!!!

  • Rick E.

    More governmental control over we subjects, and more shitting on the homeless! This is a win-win situation for our overlords, but not for we deplorable peasants.

  • Mike

    greedy government regulations so they can steal your money getting in the way of a decent person performing a needed service FOR FREAKING FREE.

    • BW83

      Government doesn’t like their monopoly on hand-outs being threatened. The bulk of what we “need” them for becomes an illusion once people figure out they can do it themselves.

  • Mara natha

    I don’t have a license to cut hair and yet I have cut the hair of every member of my family (Call me barber Mom). Since I do not wish to pursue a license I guess I have nothing to fear . How unfortunate that those who wish to pursue this as a profession are being penalized simply because they have not yet “paid the state” . A lot of people around here cut hair for others…friends, relatives….It was quite popular in dorms back in the day…and they don’t and didn’t have licenses either . Sounds like a pretty dufus reason to me.

  • BW83

    This is ridiculous. I’m sure he can get around this by getting the school to offer the service to the homeless as part of their training. He still gets to help the homeless, it serves as a loophole around ridiculous rules, and it improves the schools image by providing a community service.

    • g.johnon

      this is just another of many recent examples of snowflakery in action. to attempt to reason with them will meet all requirements for execise in futility.

  • Clementine

    They will not be happy until they have stripped compassion and humanity from every living soul! Pathetic!

    • TrevorD

      Aaaaa yes, they are so scared of true humanity, its a real threat to `them.`
      Most of `them` have never experienced it…

  • Milly Vanilly

    As stupid as it sounds, the student is lucky he was not arrested or tazed & handcuffed for carrying concealed weapons, scissors & a comb with many sharp teeth.

  • farmgirl

    To me, it sounds like he was just doing homework. Getting more practice in.

  • Occams Razor

    Well, if he doesn’t sanitize the equipment he can spread lice and bed bugs.