Photo: Barbers of Freetown and Vietnam

Pictures by  Olivia Acland
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(...) Barbers also take on the role of counsellors, listening to clients agonise over their love lives or confide in them about family crises. The barber shop provides a safe space for people to sit back and unwind - after all, it's important to feel relaxed as someone takes a knife to your chin or a pair of scissors to your head. (...)