A cut above? Barber styles hair with a blowtorch

It could be the hottest salon in town.

A man in Gaza is showing off an unusual method of styling hair: by lighting it up with a blowtorch.

Odwan said his methods were "completely safe."

Odwan said his methods were "completely safe." (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

"I control how long I apply fire; I keep it on and off for 10 seconds or 15 seconds. It is completely safe, and I have not encountered any accident since I started it two months ago," Ramadan Odwan told Reuters in an interview published Thursday. He said he typically used the device to straighten hair.

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The cost? A haircut and blowtorching would set you back only about $5 at the salon in the town of Rafah.

Photos showed the 37-year-old hairstylist in action. The customers seemed pretty unfazed.

Odwan said he first applies a protective liquid coating on the hair -- without gtting into specifics -- before unleashing the flames. He pointed out that other hairstylists have used fire before, although the blowtorch may be in a class by itself.

"People have gone crazy about it; many people are curious to go through the experience, and they are not afraid," he added.

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