Category: Weird Articles
Published on Friday, 07 November 2014 00:00
Because snipping your hair with scissors is too mainstream, a hairdresser from Vietnam cuts his clients' hair with a samurai sword! Nguyen Hoang Hung's unusual “weapon” of choice does not affect the speed or quality of his haircuts, he always manages to produce brilliant results every single time as similar or even better as to using a pair of scissors.
Hung said that he picked up the unique skill four years ago, when he was a participant in a game show who was instructed to cut hair without using scissors. He used a handsaw at that time, and enjoyed the process immensely. After that, he decided to refine his skills and evolved to wielding a sword as a haircutting tool.
He began practicing on training wigs, then when he felt confident enough, went on to women with longer hair, after which he moved on to shorter styles like bobs and pixie cuts. He admitted that it was difficult and risky as first but he persevered in honing his technique. And after four years of rigorous, determined practice, Hung is now able to sculpt beautiful hairstyles with his trusty sword within minutes.
Hung uses a Wakizashi (side inserted sword) which is a traditional razor-sharp Samurai sword that has been around since the 15th Century. Samurais of the past generally used it as a backup sword, and also for close-quarters fighting to decapitate an opponent. This is definitely one hairdresser you do not want to piss off while you are sitting in the salon chair.
Hung said that he only taught himself the skill so that he could use it to impress judges and the audience during performances and exhibitions. But a steady increase of customers who visited his salon kept requesting for his legendary sword cut. So he obliged and subsequently, everyone who goes to him to get his hair cut always just asks for a sword cut, and he eventually abandoned the scissors altogether.
It might sound extremely risky, but Hung insists that the sword is perfectly safe for cutting hair. In fact, he says that it works much better than a pair of scissors as it allows him to accomplish a unique, light, feathered look that is otherwise impossible to achieve.
Check out the video below to see Hung in action with his Samurai sword.