Stylist shows police locks of love
April Tweed is concerned about the ire she sees law enforcement officers around the country taking.
So as owner of Sparrow Salon, she decided to support the police departments of Black Mountain and Montreat the best way she knows how - with free haircuts.
Tweed is offering free cuts to officers on the second Monday of each month, beginning Aug. 8.
"I think a few of the other girls in the shop will join me," she said. "We're going to open up from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. those days and just do no-appointment meetings for Black Mountain and Montreat police officers. So if you're a member of one of those departments, then by all means, come by and have a free haircut on us."
Tweed said she felt compelled to show her support for the people who, she said, "keep us safe."
"There's a lot going on right now, and this was something I wanted to do," she said. "Cutting hair is a skill that I have. I've been a hair dresser for 19 years, so I thought it was something I could do to show my appreciation."
She was inspired, in part, by her 12-year-old son.
"He's always looked up to law enforcement officials," she said. "And that's a job I could honestly see him doing one day, so I would want him to feel appreciated. This is just something small that I can do."
Tweed's offer has no time limit.
"This is something I just want to start doing," she said. "If it turns out there's not a lot of interest then we'll stop, but it's just a few hours a month and a way to give back to my community. So it's something I would like to just keep doing."