Real life Edward Scissorhands: Barber uses 27 pairs of scissors simultaneously to give haircut in Pakistan
By Bilal Kuchay
This Pakistani barber has never heard of Edward Scissorhands – but his amazing skills of using 27 pairs of scissors simultaneously to give trendy haircuts makes him one in real life.
Muhammad Awais, 26, from the Rahwali Cantonment area in Gujranwala in Pakistan’s Punjab province, runs a salon called ‘Cutting Edge’.
Though he opened the salon only six months ago, his unusual hairdressing technique means he has become a sensation in the town.
The saloon is always full of customers who patiently wait for their turns to experience Awais’s extraordinary haircut technique.
He takes 30 minutes to complete each haircut and charges around £3 for his services.
Awais said: “It gives me a proud feeling that I’m able to do something different from others.
“Initially, there were not too many people visiting my salon but in the past couple of months, the number of customers has increased.
“A lot of people are excited to experience my unique haircut technique.”
Awais has been in this profession for 10 years now.
He holds a diploma in ‘Cut Hair’, a certified technical course he received after years of training in Iran.
And he practiced in Italy before moving to his hometown to open his own salon.
Awais boasted: “I am very passionate about my work.
“I struggled very hard for many years to master my skills.
“I started using multiple scissors for haircut five years ago.
“First I used seven pairs of scissors, then 12 and presently I use 27 pairs of scissors for cutting hair.”
Awais acknowledges his job isn’t easy and he takes extra caution while holding the sharp scissors carefully in three fingers.
He said: “It is not an easy job to hold use 27 pairs of scissors.
“It requires proper training and experience.
“The scissors have to be used in such a way that the customer’s hair is not damaged.”
And while his technique has made him a famous name in his neighbourhood, the barber had to fight with his family to choose his profession.
In many South Asian cultures with inherited complex caste structure, barber is seen as a lowly profession not preferred by families even if poor.
Awais said: “I was only ten when I lost my father.
“I was the eldest child of the six siblings and the family responsibilities fell on my shoulders.
“As a teen, I used to watch celebrities in fashionable hairstyles and friends aping them.
“It would arouse great interest in me. I thought why not to choose this as my profession.
“But my family and relatives wanted me to do something else. They believed it was not a good profession.
“I didn’t give up. I went for training in Iran and then to Italy. I proved all my critics wrong.
“Today, everyone in my family and all my relatives and friends feel proud of me.
“It is my humble request to all those parents who don’t let their children take this as a profession that no work is small.”