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Would You Let Somebody Cut Your Hair With an Axe?

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09 . 22 . 18

Priscila Martinez

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We’ve been known to go great lengths for a good haircut but how far is too far? This Russian hair stylist’s claim to fame is a harrowing haircut process that hasn’t made it to the states…and maybe this is for good reason. Meet Daniil Istomin, his Instagram following hovers around a modest 5k but his hair cutting videos have amassed well over 65 million views on various news sites. The reason for this popularity is his method involving an axe haircut.

 

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Daniil Istomin will typically position his clients to kneel down with their head over a short wooden table or surface. He will then fan out his client’s hair atop said surface and get to work.

 

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Daniil Istomin will wield his axe like a painter contemplating his canvas. In fast, short strokes he will allow the axe to come into contact with the fanned out hair. The difference between a bloody accident or artistic haircut lies in the few short inches between the desired hair length and scalp.

 

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He’s even been known to cut up to four clients at the same time with one axe in each hand, all in under one minute and thirty seconds! He jumps around from client to client chopping hair haphazardly. You can see his clients’ eyes bulge when they feel the axe make contact with the wooden table they are resting their head on. We can all gree that the process is thrilling to watch, but what is the actual outcome? Not so great. The videos show a choppy job at best with no real style. The axe also proves to be very imprecise when he tries for even hair and length.

 

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The reason this type of cut may not be popular in the US is clearly the liability it brings the hairstylist. Using a sharp object that has the capacity to cut down a tree so close to the head wouldn’t be safe or responsible for many artists out there. Daniil seems to have mastered the art and he is enjoying quite a bit of internet fame because of it. That being said, don’t expect this trend to come stateside anytime soon.

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