Making the cut for Raya

Style and smiles: Elyas giving a haircut to a customer at his barber shop in Acheen Street.

GEORGE TOWN: Muslims are still fasting but many are already eager to look their best for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

At a barber shop in Acheen Street in the heart of the Unesco heritage enclave, a line of men were seen waiting to get haircuts.

Factory worker Mohd Firdaus Mohamad Saad, 34, said this would be his first of two haircuts to get ready for the celebrations, which starts in early June.

“I am here for a proper cut and trim so that it will be easier for me to get a touch-up when Hari Raya approaches,” he said when met at the shop on Friday.

“There are usually a lot of people at barber shops when Raya approaches, so it is easier for me to get a full haircut now and book an appointment for touch-ups later.”

Another customer, Mohd Firdaus Mohamad Saad, 20, said even though it is Ramadan now, he was enjoying the early excitement of preparing for Raya.

“I hope to get a nice haircut this year with a classic hairstyle,” he added.

Son and Dad Barber Shop’s master barber Yunoos Salleh said they have been almost fully booked since days ago.

“Many young Muslim men are willing to spend more on grooming now, as they have learned to follow trends like Muslim women.

“We get a high volume of bookings as we specialise in a lot of classic hairstyles to give young men that Hollywood look,” he said.

The shop’s owner Elyas Yunoos said the two most desired hairstyles for the coming Raya were called the Executive Contour and the Flattop Boogie.

“Both haircuts require both sides of the head to be shaved a little, giving a contoured look that defines the jaw. This gives a very ‘Hollywood’ feel,” he said.

“But depending on the customer, we will recommend the best haircuts according to their faces’ size and shape.

“Other popular styles include Scumbag Boogie and Razor Fade, which are the more modern types,” he added.


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