Giving back to her community is something Alicia Powers, owner of Four One Three Salon, is passionate about. That combined with her love of making people feel great  with a fresh cut has lead her into year three of her free community back to school haircuts event. She knows first hand the effect that a new haircut can have on the confidence of a client, especially girls and young women.

For the third year in a row, the salon owner reached out to her own team and fellow stylists around Berkshire County to organize the event for local young girls.  This year, in partnership with Pittsfield Officer Darren Derby with support from Pittsfield Co-Op Bank, Berkshire Property Managers and Leslie & Paul Chesloff, the young ladies will also receive some special back to school giveaways at the salon.

Last year the event served just under 40 students and she'd love to see the number grow this year. When we spoke the Alicia right before the event last year, she talked about the change she sees in girls just in the short time they're in her chair.

When some girls first get to my chair, there is no eye contact, no smile, heads are down. By the time their style is finished, it's all smiles and they're running around, taking pictures. It's a great feeling. I like giving back to the community that has given me so much.

Alicia Powers, owner Four One Three Salon

On Monday August 19, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Four One Three Salon, will open it's doors to girls ages five through 15 to provide free haircuts. The salon is located at 54 Wendell Ave in Pittsfield (lower level, entrance in the back) and cuts will be first come first serve, no need to call and sign up. To participate all girls must arrive with clean, dry, combed hair. If you have questions Alicia can be reached (413) 464-7076 or via email


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