You’re possibly doing very well in life if you’re well-groomed from head to toe and radiate confidence. This was not the case for Jose Antonio, a homeless man living on the streets of Spain. This man had no idea how much his life would change as a result of his decision to get a makeover. The outcome was so unexpected that no one in his immediate vicinity expected it to happen.
Jose is the man we’ll be talking about in this story; he’s been poor and homeless of Palma, Spain, for over 25 years. As his depression overtook him, he began to live on the streets. As a result, the stress of not having a place to call home had taken its toll on him.
A Life Before
Jose is a competent electrician who used to work as a professing electrician in his previous life as a regular citizen. When depression struck, however, he struggled to get out of bed. He was unable to continue working due to his illness. He ended up homeless afterwards.
Everyone Knew Him
Because people had grown accustomed to seeing Jose around Palma, he became a celebrity due to his homeless status. His neighbors thought he was a nice guy. He was given the nickname “Josete” by the locals.
Working Odd Jobs
Josete had been homeless since he was a child, and he was 30 years old at the time. To make ends meet, he did odd jobs such as working as a parking attendant in Mallorca. As a result, he was able to purchase enough food to get by. In any case, his living quarters were appalling.
Older Than His Years
Josete was just 55 years old, but he had the appearance of a much older person. A young resident, Salva Garcia, approached him and decided to offer to assist him one day. Garcia made an unexpected suggestion to Josete. This seemingly insignificant offer would have such a profound impact on the man’s life, he had no idea.
Garcia is the owner of “La Salvajeria,” a local hair salon where she plans to give Josete a total revamp from head to toe. Apart from the fact that Josete would receive a complete makeover, everything done to him in the salon would be entirely free!
Josete realized that this opportunity for a total makeover was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to completely change everyone’s perception of him, giving him the confidence boost he so desperately needed to turn his life around and start looking for a good job.
Josete initially felt like an outsider in the beauty salon. The first thing he saw when he sat down in the chair was his own reflection in the mirror in front of him. His wrinkled face was framed by his dirty hair, which was framed by his gray, unkempt beard.
Garcia enlisted the help of a film producer named Dr. Filmgood to record the change while it was taking place. Regrettably, Garcia had to wait 18 months before releasing the video to the public. Sure enough, the video became a hit almost immediately after it was released!
Longing For A Change
Josete had given up on looking good in order to concentrate on finding food and getting through every day. He, on the other hand, was ecstatic at the prospect of a new beginning. He hoped that this makeover would give him the self-assurance he sorely lacked.
Jose asked for the mirror doors to be left wide open so he could take one last look in the mirror before the major change. The salon mirrors were then removed from him, trying to prevent him from seeing himself until the transition was complete. He was about to burst out laughing when he saw his new look!
Let’s meet a few other homeless people who obtained life-changing makeovers before we look at Josete’s final transformation. Donald Gould, a former marine in his 50s, had also been homeless for seven years. All that could be seen at first was a tired-looking man with a crazy facial hair. Behind it, however, was a gifted classical musician.
The Road to Nowhere
Gould encountered various obstacles throughout his life, such as the death of his beloved wife in 1998. As a result of being considered an unfit parent, he also lost custody of his son. Gould became depressed as a result and started abusing prescription drugs. He eventually lost his job and was forced to live on the streets.
There were several pianos strewn about Sarasota, Florida. Gould was overjoyed by this. He’d walk over to the nearest piano and begin playing. This attracted a great deal of attention to him. After he left a cap on top of the piano, someone nearby began tipping him.
An Instant Hit
Gould was playing the piano when a random person recorded him and uploaded it to YouTube. This attracted the attention of news organizations around the world. As a result, I was offered a job at a piano bar. In addition, a GoFundMe page has been established to help Gould. Then, on “Inside Edition,” Gould was offered a makeover.
Recovering In Several Ways
After purchasing a new wardrobe, Gould went to a barber for a clean shave and haircut. He was given a new lease on life, and he even got a job as a pianist in a local restaurant! In addition, he was reunited with his son, Donny, who had watched his story on television. After 15 years apart, the father and son were able to reconnect. Gould’s life was in better shape than it had been in years.
Down On His Luck
Bobby was a homeless man from Rome, New York. He was down on his luck when he came across some helpful police officers. These cops, on the other hand, were not there to make an arrest or anything like that. They preferred to speak with Bobby rather than the other way around. This set in motion a chain of events.
Bobby told the cops that all he wanted was a haircut and a hot shower. As a result, these officers fulfilled his request completely. They have a new outfit made from donated clothes, as well as a good shave, haircut, and shower. How good of them!
Thanks to these amazing officers and their help, Bobby looked and felt brand new. The officers videotaped the whole thing and posted it on their Facebook page. Bobby walked out with a new haircut, a new outfit, a bag full of clothes, and a big grin.
Mark Bustos is a stylist who works at Three Squares Studio in an upscale neighborhood of New York City. His services may cost as little as $150, but they can cost as much as $800. Bustos, on the other hand, takes his rechargeable razor, scissors, and combs to the streets of New York to give homeless men and women free professional haircuts.
This homeless war veteran can be found on a wooden stool in Manhattan’s Bowery and Rivington Streets. His friends had given him the nickname “Red.” Red will talk to anyone who will listen, despite his hearing loss. While changing his appearance, Bustos listened to Red.
Take It Off
Red told Bustos about moving to New York in search of a job opportunity that never materialized. As a result, he ended up living on the streets. The man asked Bustos to simply shave his hair off because he didn’t know when he’d get his next haircut. He appears to be in good shape, despite the simple request.
Bustos went out of his way to make this homeless man look nice. He decided to do so after seeing him sit on the corner of Bowery and Rivington Street in Manhattan. He wanted to demonstrate his attractiveness. After Bustos finished, people on the street couldn’t believe they were looking at the same man.
The majority of homeless men, according to Bustos, are quite talkative. Jamar, on the other hand, was unusually deafeningly silent. Bustos noticed him outside the Bowery Mission in lower Manhattan. After seeing Jamar’s new free haircut, the man inquired if he knew anyone who had been hired. As a result of the makeover, Jamar appeared to have gained confidence.
Throughout his whole life, veteran Jim Wolf struggled with alcoholism as well as homelessness. Thankfully, the Degage Ministries found him right on time for Veterans Day. As they found him, they gave him a total makeover that turned him into Prince Charming! This incredible transformation is nothing short of incredible.
A New Man
In a 3-minute time-lapse video, the incredible transformation process was captured. The video was made in order to raise money and awareness for homeless people. Degage Ministries is eager to help people in similar situations.
The video of Wolf’s transformation quickly went viral. He began going to AA meetings. He was arrested in 2013 for trespassing and causing a commotion. Unfortunately, a new haircut and a viral video aren’t always enough to help people who are homeless or addicted. Let’s hope Wolf is able to recover his strength.
Joshua Coombes is a London-based hairstylist who enjoys giving homeless people around the world free haircuts. He also likes to talk to them, listen to their stories, and make them laugh. With the hashtag #DoSomethingForNothing, Coombes is now encouraging others to “do something for nothing.”
Chris, a PTSD-affected homeless army veteran, was introduced to Coombes. After hearing Chris’s story, he gave him a free haircut in an alleyway. Coombes wrote about the encounter on Instagram, saying, “He was in a bad way when I first met him. A friend of his had passed away just a few weeks before.” Before he left, Coombes asked Chris what he wanted people to know. What did he say in response? He advised people to spread as much love as they can.
Florin, a Romanian immigrant to Paris, was introduced to Coombes. Florin suffered from a stroke. When he awoke in the hospital, he had no passport and no way home, so he ended up sleeping on the streets. Florin, on the other hand, is optimistic that he will be able to return home at some point in the future. Coombes gave him a great haircut and bonded with Florin during their time together. Florin has even invited Coombes to visit him in Romania when he returns.
In 2017, Mathew and Coombes met in a Central London park. A year later, he ran into him again, and Mathew remembered that Coombes had recently cut his hair. Coombes may be a fantastic barber, but his greatest talent is simply listening to these people tell their stories.
In 2017, Coombes met Cedric and gave him a new haircut. The two then hung out together, listening to punk music and swapping stories. Cedric died in 2018, and Coombes received the sad news. Without a doubt, he will be remembered by Coombes for the rest of his life.
Let’s head back to Jose Antonio’s story. As Garcia worked her magic on his hair, he’d become a little jittery in the salon chair. Jose, on the other hand, hoped that his new look would help him land a good job. Jose’s anxiety was growing right before your eyes.
Garcia and her incredible team of stylists were able to cut Jose’s hair and dye it brown to make him appear younger, though it took some time. To say the least, the end result was spectacular! From the shadows, a new man was about to emerge. The transformation, on the other hand, would not be complete.
Shaping His Beard
Jose hadn’t shaved in nearly two decades and a half. Instead of shaving his entire beard, the stylists gave him a nice trim. After that, they dyed his beard to make him look more polished and put together.
Josete could feel his head becoming lighter and lighter by the minute as more of his hair was removed. Of course, after years of having a lot of hair on your head, having them cut off would certainly relieve you! After years of poverty, he found it strange to be treated like a celebrity at the salon.
Before and After
Jose’s worn-out clothes, tired face, and long gray hair revealed that the previous 25 years had been difficult for him. Everything would, however, change in a matter of hours. Jose’s brows, beard, and hair were all trimmed, reshaped, and dyed by professionals.
Back To Life
Garcia and the other stylists smoothed Jose’s beard and shaved his neckline. They even used a beard conditioner to replenish his beard’s moisture. Josete awoke a few hours later as a brand-new man. To go with his new hairstyle, he needed a new outfit.
After the stylists finished cutting and shaping his hair, Garcia went out and bought Josete a new outfit. Then he went to change in the locker room. His appearance perplexed him even more. Someone hasn’t paid him this much attention in a long time.
Ray of Light
Josete appeared to be well-dressed and well-groomed. He looked like he was 20 years younger! As a result of the transformation, his self-esteem and confidence skyrocketed. He didn’t look like him at all. In fact, he didn’t recognize himself when he looked in the mirror.
Josete was finally given permission to look in the mirror. When he saw himself in his new look for the first time, he gasped. His eyes welled up with tears as he took it all in and stared at his new look. When he saw what he did, he couldn’t believe his eyes.
Couldn’t Believe It
Josete initially struggled to find the right words to express his emotions. “I’m so different, no one’s going to recognize me unless I tell them who I am,” he said in the video. We’re so happy for him!
On that particular day, Josete’s appearance and attire were not the only things that had changed. His posture and demeanor had abruptly changed, and everyone in his immediate vicinity noticed it. He seemed to have a more positive outlook on life.
Josete returned to the monument in the plaza. He used to come here to smoke cigarettes and spend time alone. This time he wore a brand-new outfit, amazing sunglasses, and a brand-new attitude. The locals were completely unaware of his presence.
Josete appeared to be popular with the ladies, particularly waitresses at nearby cafes and restaurants. They couldn’t believe it was the same homeless man who had helped drivers park their cars previously.
No One Knew
Josete went to a local bar where he used to go before his makeover and ordered himself a beer. The waiter, with whom he had spoken many times before, was taken aback when he realized the man in front of him was Josete.
Salva Garcia posted a video of Josete’s incredible transformation on the salon’s website in honor of La Salvajerua’s third anniversary. As a result, people all over the world were able to learn more about Jose’s story. It was, without a doubt, a huge hit with everyone.
Spanish Hugh Jackman
Josete was dubbed the “Spanish Hugh Jackman” after the video went viral. Garcia has since revealed that Josete has been offered financial assistance by a company, and he is no longer homeless and living on the streets. We’re very happy with how positive life turned out for him!
Since his makeover, Josete has decided to shave his beard and stop dying his hair. He wanted his natural silver hair to be the focal point. He’s now giving off major George Clooney vibes to everyone! Looking good, Josete!
Josete was given a free makeover as well as financial assistance, which helped him stay afloat. After the crazy transformation, he now has a part-time job, an apartment, and a bed that he sleeps in every night at home. All of this is possible because of the kindness of a stranger who has made it her mission to help those in need.