A trip to a barber shop in Gaza is offering a service with a difference. In Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan’s salon, customers prepare to get hot under the collar.
The 37-year old hairdresser sprays a flammable liquid on to his client’s hair, which he then ignites, styles, cuts and straightens.
And it isn’t an experience for the faint hearted.
“The concept is very simple, but sort of risky if you don’t have the experience in your job. These things need hair protection and to use several hair protection materials in order to protect the scalp and the hair until its ends. But also using protection against fire,” Odwan said in his shop in Rafah.
According to Odwan, who has been in the business for 18 years the technique is safe, despite keeping hair ablaze for between 10 to 15 seconds.
Using two combs he cuts and styles a customer’s hair while it is still on fire until he’s happy with his new look.