A Madrid-based hairdresser has taken hairdressing to a whole other level – he cuts his clients’ hair with swords and metal claws.
Alberto Olmedo, based in Madrid, chops hair with almost Samurai-like skill in order to get a more “even” finish. Resembling Wolverine of X-Men as he grasps the metal claws between his knuckles, Alberto first started using swords and claws after he became ‘disillusioned’ by scissors. He has become known as the ‘Ninja Hairdresser’ both in Spain and among the international community. Another nickname he has been coined is the ‘Game of Thrones’ hairdresser due to the weaponry he uses to fine-cut the hair (and perhaps an uncanny resemblance to Ned Stark!)
It’s not just wolf claws and medieval swords he uses – fire flames are also a popular method used by Alberto. And the sword-wielding hairdresser isn’t the only one who uses such intense and unique methods – all of his employees, including his wife, have learned to do the same under his guidance and teachings.
The method is no doubt an unusual one and some may be wary about having their hair cut with claws, swords and fire. But for the more thrill-seeking, such a method satisfies that thrill to varying degrees. The Ninja Hairdresser moves swiftly and deftly, so much so that one could easily mistake him for being in a sword-fighting arena if a head of hair wasn’t directly in front of him. His style is quite extraordinary to behold and spectators have gathered on numerous occasions, not even to get a hair-cut, but simply to watch him wield his magic.
Of his own cutting style, Alberto says: “Other hairdressers cut one side at a time, but as any sword-wielding hair guru knows, the only way to do it in an exact mathematical way is to cut both sides simultaneously.”
It is unsure whether there are any other sword-wielding hair gurus other than the Ninja Hairdresser and his team of hair fencers, but no doubt the hairdressing community will take these words on board.
Alberto has made international fame through his unique and shocking techniques, but customers tend to leave his salon feeling deeply satisfied. He was originally born in France to Spanish parents and the young Alberto realised he had an affinity, not only with hair, but with the very tools he uses to employ such tactics today. He first started using swords as a way to layer hair, and rather than conform to the usual methods of hairdressing, Alberto did his own thing, packed up his swords and began his dream, mixing the desire to create beauty with his own special formulae, creating a new branch of art in itself.
His hairdressing has gained him legions of fans all over the world. One customer, who travelled all the way from Canada to see him, was blown away by her experience and wrote: “I had the most amazing experience today getting my hair cut with swords, claw fingers, 6 scissor technique, blow torched and styled by an amazing stylist Alberto Olmedo. It was worth the trip from Canada.”