27-year-old Nazir Sobhani, aka The Streets’ Barber is barber. 6 days a week he cuts people in the cabin, and on the seventh goes to the streets of Melbourne and free shaves beard and makes haircuts to the homeless. While working he was talking to them, convincing them that to start a new life is never too late.
Likestory.net believes that thanks to people like Nazir, the world can change for the better.
Nazir every week, spends the whole day on the street, making haircuts to the homeless.
“Hair helps them to find a new life, and gives me a chance to start over,” says the young man.
The Barber says that he has long used drugs, couldn’t look at myself in the mirror and was ashamed of others.
“Free haircut — my new addiction. I really inserts good!” — happy Nasir.
Brand 28. He was not with his parents for almost 10 years. “Mark really need someone with whom you can have at least a couple of words,” says a street Barber. — He’s not had a haircut in 8 or 9 months before we met”. Mark wanders for 3 years. He has no relatives or friends nearby. He wants to be understood, accepted and loved. Nazir became the best friend of Mark.
Rachel was 28, she has a son. “I was walking down the street and met Rachel, recalls Nasir. She knew that I’m the guy who does haircuts, and asked me to help with the hair.” Street became the home of 13-year-old Rachel when she ran away from home because of frequent family scandals. The girl also wants to become a hairdresser, while trying to make a living street. Her one year old son helps to see the light and move forward.
Marcel barely had time to turn 30. “I am sure that every one of my street friends — clean, open and sympathetic soul, but I’ve never met so much kindness and understanding in one person, until I met Marcel,” recalls Nasir. Marcel has four children with whom he could not see: his ex-wife took kids and moved to another country a few years ago.
He’s 33. He suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He was not the family that forced him from childhood to learn how to survive in the harsh conditions of the streets. “When I asked why he did not go to a homeless shelter, Graham explained that state institutions can’t take it — no specially trained staff who could take care of people with severe illnesses, and to hire it, need financing relatives. A vicious circle,” says Nazir.
Jen, 50 years, four children and three grandchildren. The children stopped to chat with her, learning about heroin addiction. “She was so happy haircut! — says Nasir. — Jen hasn’t visited a hairdresser for 5 years, and after “transformation” stood up, thanked me and said that was not so beautiful for a very long time”.
Junko 40. He has no family. “He was very drunk when he came up to me and asked me to cut it, and I was busy with another customer, recalls Nazir, then patiently waited their turn and sat down in a chair.” Junko asked him to make the most of short hairstyles, because I didn’t know when he will be able to pay a visit to the hairdresser.
This Philip. He’s 48 years old, and he sells the street newspaper The Big Issue. Such Newspapers are created to help people who are homeless or those who risk to become legal to make and again become part of society. “When I met Phil in the shop for the homeless, we decided to cut it. That day all the sellers of The Big Issue, I got new clothes and hair from me. I was happy with the result, and I think Phil too,” says Nazir.
Frank 41 years, he is the father of two children and most of his life suffering from heroin addiction. The man told Nazir that he could not afford a haircut and grew a beard because he was poor, was in depression and didn’t want to look neat. To the question exactly how to cut his hair, he replied, “Do me a Mohawk, so I can smooth it back, and leave a rat tail. And, if you were to shave me, it would be all fine”.
It’s Richie. He is 46, and he is the father of three children. The daughter he had not seen for 12 years, but every weekend trying to see sons. Junior called his name. “I went by his work and he always wary of my offer of free haircut. But after a few weeks of the beliefs he gave in and let me clean him up. He has a great sense of humor, he made me laugh to colic in the stomach!” recalls Nasir.