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Watch | Want the hottest cut of them all? This Palestinian barber lights hair on fire

In Ramadan Odwan’s barbershop in Gaza, hair isn’t just blow-dried, it’s blowtorch-dried.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 10, 2017 11:48 IST
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan styles and straightens the hair of a customer with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan styles and straightens the hair of a customer with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.(Reuters Photo)

In Ramadan Odwan’s barbershop in Gaza, hair isn’t just blow-dried, it’s blowtorch-dried.

“People have gone crazy about it, many people are curious to go through the experience and they are not afraid,” he told Reuters. “People here love adventures.”

Odwan, 37, is not the first stylist in the world to use flame to straighten hair, but his craft is unique in the Gaza Strip.

In his salon in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, Odwan applied what he described as a protective liquid coating to a customer’s hair -- he declined to disclose its contents -- before aiming for the head and pressing the button on a small blowtorch.

Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan applies cream on a customer’s hair. (Reuters Photo)
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan styles and straightens the hair of a customer. (Reuters Photo)

“I control how long I apply fire, I keep it on and off for 10 seconds or 15 seconds. It is completely safe and I have not encountered any accident since I started it two months ago,” Odwan added.

Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan is pictured through a glass window at his salon in Rafah. (Reuters Photo)
A spray can used by Odwan to create flames while straightening and styling his customers' hair. (Reuters Photo)

Odwan charges 20 shekels ($5.20) for a haircut and fire-straightening.

A barber for the past 18 years, he said part of the reason he uses the technique is to show that Palestinian barbers are as “professional as those out there around the world”.

A combination picture that shows two customers posing for a picture before having their hair styled and straightened (left) and after the styling (right). (Reuters Photo)