Photo essay:
the Wellington barbershop run by Syrian refugees

Photo essay: the Wellington barbershop run by Syrian refugees

A day in the life of the Cultural Cuts barbershop in Newtown, Wellington. All photos by Kent Blechynden.

Syrian brothers Raed and Mohummed work at the Cultural Cuts barbershop in Wellington. They came to New Zealand from Syria as refugees three years ago with other members of their family; three of their sisters are still living there. Raed and Mohummed offer traditional cuts, buzz cuts, beard trimming, facial waxing and even nostril waxing. On the Saturday these photos were taken they started working at 9am and finished at 6pm.

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