The Russian Hairdresser’s Hatchet Job

How Russian barber, Daniil Isotomin cuts his customers’ hair with a hatchet

Hatchet job post image by Kachalkina Veronika (via Shutterstock).

“I’ve a neanderthal mane…”: Daniil claims his offbeat way of cutting hair was inspired by the era of man living in caves rather than man caves. Image by Kachalkina Veronika (via Shutterstock).

In our barber shop in London, we offer the latest looks in hair design and colour at a good price. We keep abreast at the latest hair styling fashions and use the latest equipment in our salon. We also use some of the oldest techniques, like cut throat razors for a shave, and offer our customers a mug of tea or something a bit stronger. Instead of cut throat razors, or even a pair of scissors, we have learned of a Russian hairdresser who cuts hair with… a hatchet.

Hairdresser Daniil Istomin found that neanderthal men used to cut their long manes with a hatchet. Obviously this would have been before scissors were invented. He demonstrated his technique on a mannequin and as he had more confidence in his technique, tried this with customers. He invited female customers to try his method for size and some – to his surprise – agreed.

For the RIA Novosti Russian news agency, Daniil said: “The axe makes everything easier, because with one stroke you can cut as much hair as with ten scissors strokes.” Just to confirm this, here’s the YouTube clip:

Needless to say, the clip of his hatchet hairdressing technique went viral. It was picked up by a viral video clip show known as Right This Minute. RTM (as known in abbreviated form) is a bit like You’ve Been Framed but no-one wins £200 for their featured clip. Nor is Harry Hill involved. One other thing, the phrase ‘hatchet job’ doesn’t have its roots in neanderthal barbering. Thank goodness for that.

Scissor Hand, 15 May 2017.

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