Help to restore a sense of identity to the underserved in our community.


Positive sense of self and well being, social connection with community, empowerment to take the next step in life.

Haircuts with Heart is a social benefit corporation 501(C)(3)
Tax ID: #82-0852737

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How you can get involved

You have found the right place, if you desire to connect with the Oakland, Bay Area community in need and want to make impact in a way that matters. We love our volunteers and partner with some of the top hairstylists and barbers in the Bay Area. You have also found the right place if you are a professional beauty professional, barber masseuse, acupuncturist, that would like to help others look and feel better.


Jenifer Akagi

Jenifer Akagi


As passionate about hair as she is about making people feel good, Jenifer joins Haircuts with Heart as a board member. She has been a hairdresser for over 20 years and co-owns 77Salon Inc. in Oakland and Alameda. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she enjoys getting her hands in anything that gives back to her great community!

Rebecca Beardsley

Rebecca Beardsley

Executive Director

ShineForth Salon owner, respected hairstylist, author, and beauty industry blogger, Rebecca Beardsley, has dedicated her professional life to the beauty industry and to mentoring talented, emerging hairstylists.


Rika Hunter

Rika Hunter

Board Member

Rika is a soon to be graduate from Laney College Cosmetology Program, and the owner of The Braid Bar in Oakland, CA. She joins us with a great passion for giving back, and after helping us at our events, we welcome her with open arms to help us as a board member.

  • Testimonial
    EBALDCVeronika Cole, NED Manager

    "The residents of the San Pablo Hotel had an amazing time participating in your free haircut event. The interactions with the staff demonstrated a lot of care for our residents and also a lot of talent in the haircuts themselves! It was apparent that your volunteers approached their work with a great deal of respect and customer service. One of our guests was hear to exclaimed, "I am very impressed and grateful for the event. I feel great and love my haircut. Thank you so much!" She was amazed by the generosity of the organization: "I really did not expect it to be so fancy and professional because it was a free event!" Veronika Cole, NED Manager  

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    The Salvation Army Oakland Garden CenterCaptain Connie Hall, Corps Officer/ Director

    "You and your team through your valued service allowed them to match the beauty they have inside with the beauty uncovered on the outside."

    Captain Connie Hall

    The Salvation Army Oakland Garden Center

    Corps Officer/ Director

  • Testimonial
    Jakki Bedsole- Director of ProgramsMISSSEY, Inc

    Haircuts with Heart came to MISSSEY, a Bay Area nonprofit organization serving commercially sexually exploited children, to do a day of pampering.  [···]

  • Testimonial
    San Francisco Homeless Outreach TeamLeah Warner, NP, MPH

    "Haircuts With Heart participated in our quarterly Women's Day clinic, a clinic designed to create a safe space for women experiencing homelessness in San Francisco to access healthcare and wellness. The services that Haircuts With Heart provided were so much more than stylish haircuts, make-up, and manicures. Their excellent team of volunteers and staff helped to create a warm community space for women to share time, relax, and feel pampered. Their presence left all of us--clinic staff and clients--feeling confident and cared for. Thank you Haircuts With Heart!"

    "Again, thank you so much for your participation, my colleagues and I feel really grateful to you and your team."

    Leah Warner, NP, MPH

  • Testimonial
    Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP) Men's ShelterJessica Dancisak- Development & Marketing Associate

    “All the stylists volunteered their time. They brought snacks, gift bags with hair-care items, and most importantly they brought a sense of caring and community to the men in the shelter. We are thankful to be partnering with an amazing organization like Haircuts with Heart, and look forward to working with them again soon.” Jessica Dancisak- Development & Marketing Associate

  • Testimonial
    Women's Day Drop-In CenterMonica Chambers, WDDC Program Manager

    "Haircuts with Heart came into our facility and cared for the women in every way. They listened to what the women needed and with love and kindness delivered a extraordinary gift to each woman at the Women's Daytime Drop-in Center. The way that Rebecca & her team came in and cared for the women was admirable. They expressed personal gratitude and kindness it seemed that helping was very rewarding for them. The smiles other faces glowed at the opportunity to help, which made the day one of the most special days we have ever experienced. Haircuts with Heart has gone out of their way to bring joy to the community and for that we are extremely thankful. WDDC Staff and Participants

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    Oakland Elizabeth HouseDana Rodriguez, Volunteer/Children Programs Coordinator

    "Thank you for the loving personalized care you provided to each participant.  We are all so grateful!"

    Dana Rodriguez, MSW

    Volunteer/Children Programs Coordinator

    Oakland Elizabeth House


  • Testimonial
    MISSSEY, INCLina Buffington, Interim Executive Director, MISSY, Inc.

    "All of the case managers were incredibly impressed by the degree of care that you and your volunteers put into the event."  [···]

  • Telecare CorporationMonica Chambers., MSW, ASW Team Leader

    "With music playing in the background our partners engaged in conversation as they discussed the services they would be receiving. Some partners became overwhelmed when seeing themselves as they had not in a very long time. The day was as described by one of our partners “I felt like a Queen or something”. This was a beautiful day and Telecare Strides is invested in having more days like this for our partners therefore we have booked a Spa Day for next year 2019 and look forward to making this a tradition."

    Monica Chambers., MSW, ASW Team Leader