Franco Bompieri has been cutting hair since he was 9-years-old. At 82, we can safely assume he knows a thing or two about the industry. People don’t stay around that long in business without being good at what they do.
His traditional barber shop, Antica Barbieria Colla, in Milan is one of the last to cut patrons hair with fire. Once the hair is cut with scissors, the ends are burnt with a candle which Bompieri says helps the hair become bigger and stronger.
The owner also claims it stops hair loss. ‘Lots of people lose their hair because barbers don’t know how to burn the ends,’ he says, adding ‘It’s really important’.
Sadly, this skill is dying out along with traditional barber shops, a sad realisation for someone who has dedicated his life to the industry.
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He leaves us with one final thought: “You have hair, don’t let it get cut badly.” For details on booking your own cut at his shop, visit the Antica Barbieria Colla website.