This morning, my hair (singular) was cut by a barber of Turkish extraction.
At the end, he produced a long stick with cotton wool at the end of it, asking:
Would you like the hair in your ears burnt?
Well, I’m game to try anything once, so I said “Yes”.
He then poured some lighter fuel (or something similar) on the cotton wool, lit it with a cigarette lighter, and proceeded to burn the hair off my ears – the bits inside and on the outside. I have to say it was a bit alarming. He really did burn my ears, it felt.
Has this been checked by health and safety?
– I joked
I have to say, it worked a treat and I won’t scream so much next time. The guy in this video, which demonstrates the practice, seems to take it remarkably calmly. I’m afraid I failed the “cool” test!