We often see the homeless being despised, disregarded and looked down upon, very few are given the opportunity to start again. However one person decided to give to some of them this opportunity, but in a very peculiar way.
Nasir Sobhani, a 26-year-old based in Melbourne, Australia, spends most of his week cutting hair. But on his day off, the barber, who is a former drug addict, takes to the streets and gives haircuts to the homeless as part of an initiative he calls “Clean Cut, Clean Start.”
The ‘Streets Barber’ as he is candidly called, began his scheme a year ago as a way to celebrate his sobriety, and as a way to give to those in need, an opportunity at a new beginning.
He says that the idea for the initiative came about after he had moved to Melbourne from Canada three years ago, following his completion of rehab.
His motivation for beginning this project happened when he was working as an apprentice barber. One day, he spoke to a man who was cleaning the windows of the barbershop, who himself, was a recovering heroin addict. The man had been sober for about a month and decided to celebrate with a haircut. After the cut, the man’s mother came by and took pictures of his new look, tearing up.
“A haircut can do so much for someone,” Sobhani says in the documentary. “That’s why I named what I do ‘Clean Cut, Clean Start. I’m hoping with a clean cut — it’s as simple as this — you’ll just have a clean start to life.”
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