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Mobile barbershop gives free haircuts, raises funds to help those in need in Vietnam

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 14:56 GMT+7
Mobile barbershop gives free haircuts, raises funds to help those in need in Vietnam
Nguyen Thanh Long, a 68-year-old resident in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, smiles for a photo after getting a free haircut at a Vietnamese mobile barbershop backed by charitable purposes. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

The owner of a Vietnamese hair salon franchise is planning to offer free haircuts across the country on a mobile barbershop, seeking to take photos of 10,000 happy customers and raise funds to help the disadvantaged.

Nguyen Thi Hang, the owner of five hair salons in Ho Chi Minh City, has organized charitable events offering free haircuts along the city’s streets multiple times.

She now has something bigger in mind. Hang recently turned a truck into a fully equipped mobile barbershop with the aim of driving the vehicle across the country, giving free haircuts to residents along the way.

At each stop on its trip, the truck opens its doors daily from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm.

The aim is to take photos of 10,000 smiling customers with their new haircuts to raise funds to help the elderly, disabled and other disadvantaged groups in the Southeast Asian country.

The interior of the mobile barbershop looks no different than a fixed hair salon, with two barber chairs installed to serve up to two customers at the same time.

Notably, the truck is equipped with an air conditioner powered by electricity from a roof-mounted solar panel, making it a cool respite for its patrons.

A truck is turned into a mobile barbershop offering free haircuts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
A truck is turned into a mobile barbershop offering free haircuts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

After obtaining permission from local authorities, the mobile barbershop stops at a place for three to seven days before traveling to other places all over the country.

Hang said she plans to give the free haircut service in Ward 8 of Go Vap District next week.

Staff are on a mission to collect 10,000 smiles by taking photos of happy customers with their new haircuts as part of a fundraising campaign to support the disadvantaged.

A charity box is placed within the mobile barbershop, so customers can chip in their money to help people with deprived backgrounds.

Le Huong, a 31-year-old man in Go Vap District, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that he usually has his hair cut at home by a trusted barber.

Intrigued by the sight of the mobile hairdressing salon, he took his son for haircuts.

“The staff do not take money. There is a charity box on the vehicle, so I made a donation to help disadvantaged people,” said Huong.

An employee lowers a collapsible ladder from a mobile barbershop offering free haircuts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
An employee lowers a collapsible ladder from a mobile barbershop offering free haircuts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Barbers give free haircuts to customers inside a mobile barbershop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Barbers give free haircuts to customers inside a mobile barbershop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
A barber gives a free haircut to a customer inside a mobile barbershop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
A barber gives a free haircut to a customer inside a mobile barbershop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Minh Phuc (right), a 24-year-old resident in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, makes a donation after getting a free haircut at a Vietnamese mobile barbershop backed by charitable purposes. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Minh Phuc (right), a 24-year-old resident in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, makes a donation after getting a free haircut at a Vietnamese mobile barbershop backed by charitable purposes. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

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