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Do Something for Nothing: Seeing Beneath the Surface of Homelessness through the Simple Act of a Haircut

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Through the simple act of a haircut, readers are taken on a geographical and emotional journey into the lives of humans experiencing homelessness in different cities across the world.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before May 18, 2021.

Forthcoming: 5/18/21

$19.95 $14.96

What people are saying…

Praise for Joshua Coombes:

“Coombes is a hairdresser, and he believes that small acts of love can make a big impact. Joshua hopes he can help the homeless, not by offering them money or food, but by giving them a haircut.”
—Morgan Freeman in The Story of Us

“Joshua’s stories show the power that empathy and compassion have to turn a common, everyday act into something transformative. They are the revelations of connection.”
—Michael Sheen, actor and activist

“A simple, big-hearted, and world-shaking idea.”
—Nick Cave, singer, songwriter

“Joshua Coombes takes a simple concept—giving free haircuts to homeless people—and turns it into an spiritual parable. Armed with clippers, scissors, dry shampoo, and unpretentious decency, Coombes introduces the reader to those he met living on the streets of America, Australia, India, France, Holland, and his native UK, and in a warm and witty voice transforms his characters from invisible to unforgettable just as he did with the haircuts.”
—Danny Goldberg, author of Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

“Cutting someone’s hair is a deeply intimate act, and when done for free, it conveys a profound affirmation of personal value. Do Something for Nothing reclaims the revolutionary power of small acts of human compassion across the boundaries that too often divide us.”
—Mark Andersen, coauthor of We Are the Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered

“Joshua Coombes’s work gives us what we so desperately need right now: hope, optimism, kind curiosity, and real human connection. This book will make you want to do something, just because you can.”
—Emma Gannon, author of The Multi-Hyphen Life


Description

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before May 18, 2021.

When you’re on the fringes of society, being recognized can mean everything.

In 2015, while working at a London hair salon, Joshua Coombes took to the streets with his scissors to build relationships with people sleeping rough in the capital and began posting transformative images on social media to amplify their voices. These stories resonated and thousands of people got involved in their own way. #DoSomethingForNothing was born—a movement that encourages people to connect their skills and time to those who need it. Via the simple act of a haircut, readers are taken on a geographical and emotional journey into the lives of humans experiencing homelessness in different cities across the world.   

Featuring never-before-seen photographs and all-new writing, Do Something for Nothing explores themes of love, acceptance, shame, and perseverance, while inviting us to see ourselves in one another and dissolve the negative stigmas surrounding homelessness. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to organizations dedicated to assisting unsheltered people.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Published: 5/18/21
  • IBSN: 9781617759352
  • e-IBSN: 9781617759475

Author

JOSHUA COOMBES is a British hairstylist and founder of #DoSomethingForNothing—a movement encouraging people to connect their skills and time to those who need it. When Coombes launched the project in 2015, his intention was to positively impact people’s lives by offering free haircuts to those experiencing homelessness. By posting transformative images on Instagram, his platform continues to grow as he amplifies the stories of many that go unheard. Coombes’s mission caught the attention of media outlets in Europe and has rippled worldwide. Coverage includes appearing in National Geographic’s new series The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, released on Netflix internationally. Today, Coombes continues his efforts in new countries, humanizing this issue globally. He currently resides in London, UK. Do Something for Nothing is his latest work.

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