There’s a reason why Alberto Olmedo is being hailed as a real-life Edward Scissorhands. The genius hairdresser wields swords, a mini blowtorch, and a pair of ‘finger scissors’ to cut his clients’ hair at his salon in Madrid. He claims that his use of these “medieval” tools ensures that all his cuts are mathematically precise from every angle.
“Hairdressers usually cut one side, and then the other, and one side is always a bit different from the other, even if it’s only a little bit,” he said. “The only way to do it in an exact mathematical way is to cut both sides simultaneously.”
He achieves this by having his clients bend backwards or forwards so all their hair is bunched up together. Then he proceeds to slice the hair with swords, or scorch it with a blowtorch at a temperature of 1,300˚C. He even uses a pair of claw-like scissors that fit on his fingers for added effect.
“Sometimes you have to use a bit of your imagination to get positive results,” he said.