Turkish barbers, A shave too close?

By Adam Hopkin

Becoming widely known for their seemingly unorthodox methods of hair removal, Turkish Barbers are a far cry from the more feminine techniques of waxing and threading by introducing the manliest element of all, fire. Admittedly the thought of flames going anywhere near my face immediately recall the nightmare that was high school chemistry class, but when carried out with a pair of professional and steady hands a close shave with disaster can be avoided.

The practice of “Singeing” may have originated in Turkey but has been transforming the safety of salons  into the thrill seekers chop shop over recent years. This often involves lighting cotton or a wand soaked in alcohol and then scorching your OAP styled ear protrusions away.

Having had my fill of excitement for the day I opted for a no mess, standard hair cut, besides this was a barbers after all. But after a quick scan of the available cuts they also offered beard trims and tidies with another method determined to resurface, the cut throat razor.

During my brief time inside the shop I managed to see the owner Kaz lather up and cut away a few nose neighbours using the straight cut razor. ” In Turkey we start at a really young age, about 10 or 12″ Kaz explains but his training does more than justify such youthful beginnings. ” Holding the towel takes 2 years, just watching your master cut hair and then very slowly you begin to cut it over 7 years.”

Claiming to offer an “excellent example of Turkish hospitality” in a salon where “east meets west”, the Turkish Barbers Shop on Preston’s Fishergate Hill certainly delivered on all of these promises.  

To see what happened when I headed inside click here or watch the video below.

Video and featured image taken by Adam Hopkin.

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