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Hairdresser Cuts Hair Using Samurai Swords – Nothing to Worry About, Right?

Lauren Salapatek | November 7, 2014 | 10:34 AM
Vietnamese hairdresser Nguyen Hoang Hung cuts hair using a Wakizashi sword. (photo credit: Ngoisao)
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Nguyen Hoang Hung is a haircutting samurai master wielding not just any sword – a Wakizashi sword, which is similar to a Katana sword, only shorter. And, yes, he cuts people’s hair with it.

The technique may look terrifying but actually – it takes skill, and Hung has mastered it. His unusual weapon-of-choice doesn’t affect the speed, accuracy or quality of his haircuts. They turn out looking pretty good!

So how did this Vietnamese hairdresser switch from shears to sword? According to Hung, he picked up the skill four years ago when he participated in a game show. In one of the challenges, he was required to cut hair using a handsaw instead of scissors. He found the experience so enjoyable, that he continued to perfect his skill after the show as well. For four years, he practiced cutting with his razor-sharp Wakizashi sword.

As he got better he started performing at special events and exhibitions, but then clients started asking for his specialty “samurai-sword haircut.”

Like a razor commonly used by hairdressers, the sword Hung uses creates wispy layers and intense texture. Check out the video below to see him in action.

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