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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 4:30 am

Stylists at All That’s Relaxing Beauty Salon & Day Spa perfected 300-400 heads of hair Saturday and Sunday, during the business’ third annual Cut-A-Thon.

Among other items, packages of macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, Ramen noodles and oatmeal filled one corner of the store, ready for shipment to the Killeen Food Care Center.

“About three years ago, the local food banks said ... they were low on food,” said salon owner Renetta Patterson. “From that point on, it was something I decided to do for the community and give back.”

With a donation, children age 12 and under got free haircuts, and those age 13 to 18 paid half price. Patterson said she expected the two-day event to garner 100-200 pounds of food.

All That’s Relaxing wasn’t the only salon offering free back-to-school haircuts, Patterson said. Hers offered a unique philanthropic opportunity.

Stylist Norman Whittingham crafted 19-34 hairstyles last weekend, and said star designs were very popular with the kids.

“There’s going to be a lot of kids with stars (today),” Whittingham said. “It’s nice that we’re doing the fundraiser. It brings a different feel to the shop. ... It was nice. You could see other parents help with the kids.”

On Sunday, “Despicable Me” played on the flat-screen, while about six kids played video games.

Messiah McLean, 9, said he was satisfied with his low fade, even though haircuts hurt a little bit. He enjoyed the free hot dog, though.

Patterson said she employed extra staff for the weekend, since business swelled by 500 to 700 percent.

Two Fort Worth stylists drove more than two hours to volunteer.

“We always start off slow,” Patterson said. “But it seems like after church, they just fall in.”

She said the Cut-A-Thon has expanded from one to three days, and her business has grown since 2011.

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