Homeless man gets a makeover that changes his life

Homeless man gets a makeover that changes his life
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Of all the innumerable factors that contribute towards a favorable first impression, how we look is undoubtedly the most important. We all “profile” people and label them according to our criteria. We do this instinctively for a number of reasons, including our survival – after all, nobody wants to befriend a serial killer. Our peace of mind plays a role as well – we also don’t want our babysitter to look as ravishing as Jessica Alba – if you’re a married middle-aged woman with an attractive husband even if you trust him completely- and we certainly don’t want our accountant to look like Kramer from Seinfeld.

The clothes we wear and the care we put into our grooming are amongst the most useful tools that we can use to convey who we are to others – if that is our intention. The way we behave ourselves and the eloquence of our speech will only provide the desired effect if it’s not sabotaged by the way we look. No one would respect a police officer dressed as a clown and a schoolteacher would surely have issues controlling his pupils if he decided to wear a Star Trek outfit for work.

The choice is ours for good and bad, when it comes to choose our clothes and groom ourselves. But what happens when we lose the power to do this things? People who become homeless due to any circumstance, lose this privilege the moment they can’t take a shower, shave or wash their clothes. When someone lives on the street for a certain amount of time it shows, weather this person would like to do something  about it or not.

This is the story of Jose Alfonso, a Spanish man who has been homeless for over 25 years. Caring little about the way he looked, his long hair and beard gave him the appearance of a castaway who was recently rescued. His clothes were fairly clean and adequate considering his condition. But the stigma of homelessness went with him everywhere he went.


One day, the owner of a hair salon offered him a haircut. It changed his life completely.