Indian barber uses candle flames to give haircuts
An Indian barber has come up with a novel technique to give people haircuts using just a burning candle.
Dasharath Kumar, 28, is now the most demanded barber in his small village in Gulbarga in Karnataka in southern India.
The crazy way of styling people’s hair with a small comb and a burning candle instead of a pair of scissors.
Just like any barber would trim hair using scissors, Dasharath combs the hair and meticulously runs the flame of the candle on the ends, giving it a unique finish. Once done, he washes the hair and deep conditions it to let the pungent odour go off.
The ‘cutting-edge’ technique has become so popular among men in his village and nearby towns that his salon is always full of clients – both young and old alike.
He says: “I wanted to experiment with the method of haircutting to attract more people and draw more clients to my salon.”
While Dasharath had joined his family business when he was 15, the unique idea only clicked him five years ago after power went off at work one day.
He says: “Electricity cut was prevalent in our village and we were used to work in dark. But one evening while I was cutting the hair of a client, power went off and I had to use the light from a candle to finish the haircut. But the flames of the candle that night inspired me to think of using a new technique for trimming hair.”
With practice and support of his loyal clients who let him burn their hair, Dasharath could hone up his exclusive skills over the years.
“I had bunch of regular customers so when I told them about the experiment, they readily agreed. They happily said they trusted me and my skills and gave a nod for the new technique. Surprisingly, it came out very well. Since then there was no looking back.”
As the word of mouth spread in the small village, normally devoid of any upscale salons, both Dasharath’s popularity and customer base rose by leaps and bounds. Started with only 20 pence, customers now happily pay him £1 for his novel way of haircut.
One of his daring customers Yusuf Khan, who waited for nearly two hours for his turn, said: “Every barber gives a haircut using scissors but the fun of getting a haircut with a candle flame is unbeatable. I was a bit reluctant initially but once I saw the magic of his hands, I never went back to a regular barber.”