For many people, a trip to the hair salon is already a nerve-racking affair, but an experimental hairdresser in Palestine has added extra drama to the art of coiffuring by blazing a new trail in hair straightening.
Ramadan Edwan is a barber who runs a salon in the Rafah refugee camp. One of his more avant-garde treatments is to offer a theatrical hair-straightening technique in which he douses clients’ hair in a flammable liquid and sets it on fire before styling.
Edwan adopted the technique as an innovative response to the lack of electricity in the camps, using fire as an alternative to hair straighteners or a hair dryer. And as theatrical as these images are, they are also sobering reminders of the human struggle at the heart of the refugee crisis – the denial of basic forms of self-expression.
The experimental technique is one that is reportedly already being used by hairdressers in Europe; this could become an influential beauty trend in 2017.