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Woman passes her barber exam then stops to give homeless man a haircut
The world needs more people like Lex.
Emma Shallcross
07.02.21

When Lex Moran passed her barber exam, she already had in mind what she wanted to do first.

Louisville born Lex decided that a local homeless man named Joe was going to get the honor of being given her first official haircut as a barber.

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Lex Moran

The 29-year-old barber has been looking out for Joe for years now– but it was the first time she’d ever offered to give him a haircut.

“When I pull up, I try to feed him, give him a little money, make sure he has clothes and whatever he needs just to maintain through that day,” Lex told WLKY.

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Lex Moran

On the day she passed her barber exam, Lex was driving through town when she spotted Joe sitting at a bus stop.

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Lex Moran

The pair hadn’t been chatting long when Joe mentioned that he needed a haircut– and as luck would have it, Lex had a car full of supplies.

“He was talking about how his hair was longer and it was tickling his ears,” Lex said.

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Lex Moran

It was a near-death experience back in 2016 that inspired Lex to do more for others. She was shot three times while out on her porch, leaving her needing an eight-hour surgery and a 10-day stint in hospital.

The emotional recovery was just as hard as the physical.

“He just shot four times in my direction and I caught three of them,” Lex recalled. “Having a second chance at life, it’s just sympathy and compassion and even having an understanding for others, no matter the situation.”

After being at such a negative point in her life, Lex decided that going forward, she would make it her mission to spread as much love and positivity as possible.

Through her free haircuts, Lex hopes that others will follow by example and do their bit for the less fortunate people in the world.

“I’ve gotten so much love from just helping Joe and it’s almost unbelievable that it’s love out here in a world of so much negativity and so many shootings and killings,” she said.”If I can just be a little hope and a little change and a little love that is in the community, maybe I can lead other people to do the exact same thing as I am.”

Before she cut Joe’s hair, Lex filmed a live video of the pair chatting together, which she shared onto Facebook.

However, Lex’s video wasn’t the only one to make it onto the social media site.

It turned out that hundreds of passers-by had noticed Lex cutting Joe’s hair, and some had been so touched that they’d taken pictures of the sweet act of kindness themselves.

“These 2 photos made my heart warm. I don’t know either party and I’m only half sure what I had seen. But I’m pretty sure the person without the dog was cutting this man’s hair. I’m almost positive I saw clippers and pretty sure he has on a haircutting cape. Whoever you are if nobody else seen you, we did. You are appreciated. The world needs more people like you,” one person shared onto the Taylor-Berry Neighborhood page, alongside some pictures of Lex at work.

Lex seemed chuffed by people’s reactions and proudly shared the pictures onto her own Facebook page.

We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of some positive recognition. Keep up the good work, Lex!

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By Emma Shallcross
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Emma Shallcross is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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