Cut out to be a mobile barber

Yahya has strong support from his wife Imilia, who helps get the van ready for business.

GETTING a stylish haircut despite a hectic work schedule is no longer a hassle as there is a mobile barber providing a fast and convenient service.

Young executives, who are pressed for time, are able to get a trim or a new style in a modified air-conditioned van that serves areas in Petaling Jaya, Pantai Dalam and Bangsar.

Entrepreneur Yahya Noh, 38, who started Pedro Ya Mobile Barber, said he ventured into the business after seeing his friends enter the food truck industry selling all kinds of food during lunch hour in Kuala Lumpur.

Yahya thought it would be profitable to have a barber shop on wheels “that reaches out to the fast-paced world”.

Yahya, a Kelantanese and successful barber since the age of 18 in his hometown of Pasir Mas, decided to go mobile two-and-a-half years ago.

He began by modifying a Daihatsu Gran Max 1.5 van with a RM20,000 budget.

His van has room for a barber’s chair, mirrors and storage areas for essential paraphernalia such as scissors, combs and hair products.

(Far left) The Pedro Ya mobile barber van at Jalan Pantai Dalam sees more than 300 customers a month.
The Pedro Ya mobile barber van at Jalan Pantai Dalam sees more than 300 customers a month.

Electrical power points are also available to plug in hairdryers and a mini television hung from the ceiling of the van.

“Modifications to the van were done in Gurun, Kedah. With the support of my wife Imilia Ishak, 38, a Kedahan, we ventured into the mobile service.

“It allows time-strapped executives in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur to call us for a haircut.

“We accept appointments and walk-in customers,” he said.

Imilia said most of the time, the van would be parked on the kerb at Lorong Asrama, off Jalan Pantai Dalam in Kuala Lumpur.

“Yahya does the haircuts and I drive the van to the locations.

Yahya giving a customer a haircut in his modified van. — Photos: Samuel Ong/The Star

“People love the idea of getting a haircut in an air-conditioned van, just after work or within walking distance of their homes when we park in housing areas,” she said.

Yahya added that millennials and teenagers usually ask for trending hairstyles.

“Most executives want a fresh and cool look, while others choose classic hairstyles that are back in fashion and updated,” he said.

Among the hairstyles Pedro Ya offers are the flat pompadour, short pomp, perfect sheer hairstyle, medium backcomb, Billy, Mohawk, Messi hairstyle and Cristiano Ronaldo’s spikey haircut.

Yahya operates from 3pm to 3am and gets a lot of customers after 6pm. Youngsters tend to come after 10pm.

“I charge a reasonable rate of RM10 for a haircut but after 10pm, the fee is RM15.

“I also go to Taman Greenwood in Gombak, Ampang, and at times, as far as Sungai Petani in Kedah,” he said.

Yahya said he plans to buy a larger van to expand his business in the future.

“Imilia and I are enjoying the mobile business, as we can take it wherever we want,” he said.

For details, call Yahya at 019-383 9417.

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