Barber creates portraits on clients’ heads

Image from Bilal Hussein/AP

• An artistic barber in Beirut uses his clients’ heads as his canvas
• Muhannad Khaled Omar said he mixed his talents for drawing and cutting hairs into one profession
• Omar hopes to share his work in other places outside of the Arab world

A Palestinian-Syrian man is making waves as a barber in Beirut because of the portraits he makes on his clients’ heads.

Muhannad Khaled Omar, who manages his own salon in the Bourj al-Barajneh refugee camp in south Beirut, said he combines his talents for drawing and cutting hairs into one profession. He said he started making portraits on clients’ heads since he was in the 9th grade.

“I started this profession when I was in 9th grade. I was studying at the same time, learning how to cut hair. I’ve had a talent since I was young, a talent for drawing,” he shared.

According to the Times of Israel, Omar hopes to someday share his passion to other places outside of the Arab world to show people what he is capable of doing. He hopes to emigrate to Europe.

“I want to start something new, but not in this area, something outside of the Arab world, to show that we are capable, we can produce things,” he said.

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