Grand Central Mall salon providing free haircuts for veterans Sunday

Photo by Jeff Baughan The Rage Hair Salon staff at the Grand Central Mall is providing haircuts at no charge Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Front row, from left, are Debbie Reese, Holly McKnight, Leah Roberts and Missie Weaver. Back row, from left, are Melissa Shepard, Maggie Wagner, Andrea Little and Tiana Tibbs. Not pictured are Cassie Brundige, Cheyenne Landis, Rachelle West, Josy Duckworth, Alex Whittington, Meranda Clegg, Renee Kerns and Taylor Hoover.

VIENNA — There’s a first time for everything. For Tim Whitehair, owner of The Rage Hair Salon in the Grand Central Mall, it was the fact he has a son who is a Marine.

“And I wanted to do something to give back to the veterans who have served this great country and made it what it is today,” he said. Thus, The Rage is offering free haircuts to any veteran who produces their military I.D. card Sunday during the salon’s noon-6 p.m. business hours.

“The haircut is based on a first come, first served basis,” said Missie Weaver, manager of the salon. “We’re going to have 11 stylists here and all are volunteering time to do this.”

“Everyone else seems to be doing something Saturday for veterans,” Whitehair said, “so we thought we would do something to extend that to the next day, so we’re doing this. Our intentions are to make this a yearly event and it will always be a Sunday.”

While the haircuts are for veterans of any gender, Whitehair and Weaver said they understand some veterans have a desire for more than the basic haircut.

“If a veteran wants more than a basic haircut, they can come in and schedule an appointment,” said Weaver. “Veterans get a 10 percent discount on a daily basis but if they schedule an appointment Sunday they will get a 15 percent discount on whatever service is performed during the appointment.”

Weaver said each veteran would also receive a ticket for a door prize and veteran-honoring shirts are going to be available, with all proceeds of the $20 price going to Disabled American Veterans groups.

“Just felt like it was the thing to do as a business owner,” Whitehair said. “Veterans have done so much for us. It seemed like we could offer this service to them as a thank you.”