Under the dictionary entry for “barber,” it should simply read “Franco Bompieri.”
In his Antica Barbieria Colla shop, which first opened in 1904 and is one of the oldest barber shops in Milan, 82-year-old Franco doesn’t just cut his clients’ hair, he finishes them off with fire. He literally uses a thin candle to burn off the ends.
According to the OG barber, the fire strengthens the hair and prevents hair loss. “It becomes bigger, the hair becomes stronger and doesn’t fall out anymore,” he says. He explains that the barber used to be an important member of society, which has all now changed, before finishing by saying: “You have hair, don’t let it get cut badly.”
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