- A Kiambu based barber is attracting curious people keen on witnessing him shaving with an axe
- Julius Mwangi took up the axe three months ago to attract more clients, and it worked
- Netizens were split over his methods, with some lauding his marketing strategy
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A barber from Kiambu is making headlines by shaving clients using an unorthodox tool.
Julius Mwangi uses an axe to shave clients at the Clippers Kings barbershop.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, Mwangi, who has been a barber since 2014, said he started shaving with an axe three months ago.
Mwangi said he took up the axe to attract new clients, admitting that it worked.
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“Famous people were coming around often and I decided to look for a unique way to attract customers and make shaving fun. That is how I landed on an axe,” he said.
Mwangi admitted that the axe brings hoards of people to the establishment, but not everyone is enthusiastic about being shaved with an axe.
“When people hear of a barber shaving with an axe, they are curious to know where. Some come to see and take photos with the axe but prefer not to be shaved with it.
Some come full of fear, but I help them overcome it,” he said.
Advantages of using an axe
Mwangi divulged that shaving with an axe has some advantages over the shaving machine.
“The axe gives a smoother shave which is more suitable for the Jordan style. Also, when there is a blackout, I continue with my work as usual,” he said.
The barber also revealed that the axe is better suited for shaving clients with full beards.
Mwangi disclosed his plans, saying:
“I am looking for a lighter axe because this is a bit heavy. I currently charge KSh 500 for a shave but the price will go up with demand.”
Netizens reacted to Mwangi's story by writing:
David Nyaga Njeru:
"I can't risk this much. I love my head and neck."
"This guy has perfected the art, it can't work for everyone."
Mwangi Njenge Inv:
"Very good marketing strategy."
Titus Kimathi Marangu:
"I can't trust any man to shave my wise head using weapons."
With years of experience working as an artisan, Amposah believes that her gender should not restrict her from venturing into careers perceived as a preserve of men.
Her barbering company, The Classic Barber Shop, is an investment that she intends to rack in profits, as she is determined to succeed in the male-dominated field.
Despite making great gains, Amponsah recalls some clients express surprise when they meet her in the shop.
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