He told JHud that he had heard horror stories of children with special needs not being received well by other stylists because some people didn’t understand how to be present with them.
“Instead of me trying to send them someplace else, I thought I had the capacity,” he said. “They’re not disabled — they’re just doing life differently.”
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After sharing videos on TikTok of happy children receiving their haircuts, Vernon started to get messages from people who wanted to sponsor a haircut, and The Gifted Event has grown in popularity from there.
Jennifer later welcomed Julie Eubanks, the mother of the little boy in the viral video, who thanked Vernon for his big heart and kind gesture.
Julie said her son keeps asking to go back to see Vernon. “He wants to watch the video all the time,” she said. “Every haircut experience has been an absolute nightmare until he met you. There’s something about you that he was drawn to.