Kung Fu Barber Gives Upside Down Haircuts

Posted on July 18, 2010

Chinese hairdresser trained in kung fu is turning heads with his unique way of cutting hair – while standing on his head.

Wang Xiaoyu of Changsha in Hunan Province was first spotted last year by local media, who found him styling a person’s hair while doing a handstand.

Wang, 36, has been working as a hair stylist for the past 16 years. His new technique makes surprising use of his 18 years’ training in kung fu.

While some say his methods are just a gimmick to attract business, Wang has had many satisfied customers since he started to combine his kung fu skills with his day job.

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It is not known whether these customers are pleased with the haircuts they get, or if they simply come for the novelty of having their hair cut by an upside down kung fu expert.

Wang’s technique could be the strangest hair styling method seen since Italian-American hairdresser Pietro Santoro was found to be cutting hair over a naked flame in Washington D.C. last year.

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Bill Lehane, 28, is a journalist and freelance writer from Dublin, Ireland. He recently returned from six months working as a teacher in east China, which gave him a chance to experience many of the wide, weird and wacky sights that make up daily life in the Middle Kingdom. However, he did not succeed in teaching the local teenagers anything whatsoever: they still love Michael Jackson, KFC and themselves. More at billlehane.com.
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Tinu
Tinu

lurker: Hm. That's a bit tough to anwser in brief. I hope my anwser makes sense and that you find it somewhat acceptable ^^;I was actually interested in trying out circle lenses myself for a while. I just like the idea of having the option of dramatically changing my looks if I want to, just like with dyeing hair, wearing false lashes or wearing a fake tan. If it weren't for the fact that they dry my eyes out horribly, I'd probably have a few pairs already. I was especially intrigued when I saw how well Jen FrmHeadToToe wore them. She certainly doesn't look like an anime character wearing them, but she does look quite ravishing with and without circle lenses. Nor is she trying to look anime or like some different ethnicity. I don't think it's fair to assume that there is something wrong with a person for wanting to pursue a certain look. There are so many greater offenses that people have committed in the world and, in comparison, the sin of wearing circle lenses seems quite minute. True, I would frown upon a society for upholding rigid standards of beauty that require hyper-consumerism and infliction of self-harm by a large population of young women in order to live up to these standards. However, I cannot pass the same judgement on the individuals themselves for following that lifestyle, as long as they're not inflicting harm upon others by it.

ndrew
ndrew

a unique guy with a great technique..