The Streets' Barber Is Our New Favorite Tattooed Hero
It's the 21st century, heroes don't wear capes anymore. So we're glad our hero of the moment isn't wearing any.
That's because he works with scissors and electric razors. Introducing Nasir Sobhani, a professional barber based in Australia.
Six days a week, Nasir Sobhani works at a barber shop in Australia. Nasir spends his only day-off each week to scout the streets for homeless brothers and sisters in need of a haircut. Most of the people he encountered has a story that hits too close to home for Nasir.
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Nasir gives each haircut for free. And not just any haircut, mind you, he gives each street customer a banging new look. He receives tips through the hearts of his 'customers' spilled out before him. They share stories about what it used to be before the streets became their homes. It gives a new meaning to the line, 'ever person has a story'.
These people pour themselves to him over a haircut. A haircut doesn't last for life, but it can be maintained. Nasir gives free haircuts to these people in hopes of showing them that they're capable of so much more. And by looking the part, he wants them to feel better about themselves and how things are going to get better.
"A haircut can do so much for someone. That’s why I name what I do ‘Clean Cut, Clean Start.’"
Aside from haircuts, Nasir occasionally gives his street clients extra clothes that are still in good condition.
Some of his clients reveal how they can't even look at themselves in the mirror because it pains them too much; to see who they've become. They feel hideous and have a very low opinion of themselves. Nasir can relate to this very much, having had the same thought when he was still dead to the world.
Nasir struggled in the past with substance abuse and had been admitted in a rehabilitation center. He has tattoos for proof. Since getting his sh-t together and rising above, Nasir devoted his time pursuing his passion, delving his inner peace with the Baha'i faith and reaching out to those who are still in the struggling stage. The 'Clean Cut Clean Start' project is his way of giving back.
Nasir recently posted on his Instagram:
“You see guys, I didn’t do this for anything else but to help those in need – and one day people will start getting less interested in what I do and someone will come by and do far greater things. When that happens you’ll still find me on the streets trying to help people feel beautiful about themselves – cause I’m the streets’ barber.” -Nasir Sobhani
For Nasir, there is no 'time off' when it comes to kindness.