Do Something for Nothing

Do Something for Nothing

Seeing Beneath the Surface of Homelessness, through the Simple Act of a Haircut

Joshua Coombes


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  • Coombes and #DoSomethingForNothing were featured in National Geographic's The Story of Us documentary series, hosted and narrated by Morgan Freeman.
  • Since launching #DoSomethingForNothing in 2015, Coombes has traveled the world, connecting with homeless people in London, Paris, Mexico City, New York, and more.
  • Coombes has over 168 thousand Instagram followers and #DoSomethingForNothing on Instagram has over 62 thousand followers.
  • Coombes has been profiled/featured in numerous publications including British GQ, the Washington Post, etc.
  • In 2019, Coombes partnered with the sneaker company TOMS and various NGOs to put on art shows in four major European cities: Manchester, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Proceeds from the sale of limited edition prints were donated to local homeless organizations.


Joshua Coombes:
Joshua Coombes is a British hairstylist and founder of #DoSomethingForNothing—a movement encouraging people to connect their skills and time to those who need it. When Coombes launched the project in 2015, his intention was to positively impact people’s lives by offering free haircuts to those experiencing homelessness. By posting transformative images on Instagram, his platform continues to grow as he amplifies the stories of many that go unheard. Coombes’s mission caught the attention of media outlets in Europe and has rippled worldwide. Coverage includes appearing in National Geographic's new series The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, released on Netflix internationally. Today, Coombes continues his efforts in new countries, humanizing this issue globally. He currently resides in London, UK.