An Aussie man has become famous for using his one day off each week to cut homeless people’s hair, as a way of giving back.
Nasir Sobhani, aka The Streets Barber, is a recovering drug addict and says he performs the selfless acts as a way of repaying his gratitude “for being sober and healthy again”.
26-year-old Nas is now the subject of a new PLGRM documentary which tells his inspiring story and the thinking behind the ‘Clean Cut Clean Start’ project.
Nas works six days each week and uses his one day off to give the free haircuts to the homeless. He says he figured out how to give back while still doing what he’s passionate about.
Since overcoming his drug addiction, Sobhani strives to positively influence the lives of those still struggling.
What an awesome guy!
"The more difficulties one sees in the world the more perfect one becomes. The more you plow and dig the ground the more fertile it becomes. The more you cut the branches of a tree the higher and stronger it grows. The more you put the gold in the fire, the purer it becomes. The more you sharpen the steel by grinding the better it cuts. Therefore, the more sorrows one sees the more perfect one becomes." – Bahai Writings #cleancutcleanstart #thestreetsbarber
This is Carlos. A 43 year old man who has been in and out of jail for the last 20 years. He told me that since his latest release he has been determined to become a better father to his two children (aged 16 and 18) who he hasn't spent much time with. He developed a serious heroin habit in jail and calls the streets 'home'. Carlos told me he has tried quitting 'hammer' but can't shake the habit no matter how hard he tries. In fact, he was caught with a 2 gram rock of heroin recently and when I met him, he said his court date was on the next day. So when he asked me for a cut, although I couldn't do it because it was already dark, after hearing him out about how he wanted to look presentable in front of the judge, I couldn't say no to his request – which was really short on the sides and back and blend it to the top. So my assistant for the day, the lovely @manfrino, used the flashlight from the phone so I could see what I was doing plus we were sitting under a street lamp for extra light. That's why the 'after photo' for both him and Hasan (previous story) were taken in areas which had better light to show their wonderful faces. What really shook me was when he told me that the last time he cried was when he got out of jail and spent time his older son, 17 at the time. He was talking with him about his life and his son told him "you know dad, you were only ever around for three of my birthdays" – which made Carlos break down and cry. The son held Carlos as he wept and said "it's ok dad, we all make mistakes". His son inspired me to be more empathetic and forgiving to those around me, and I hope he does the same for you. #cleancutcleanstart #thestreetsbarber
This is Mark. He's 28 years old. He hasn't had contact with his family for nearly a decade. I've known of Mark for a while now and would show him love everytime I bumped into him, and he would reciprocate with so much joy. You could tell he just wanted someone to talk to. Today when I saw him on the street, I asked if he'd be interested in a cut. His eyes lit up as he said "Ya man, I haven't had a chance to get groomed in 8 or 9 months." He told me he'd been homeless for 3 years. He said it wasn't drugs which led him to the streets – that although he uses both heroin and meth occasionally, he does so more for social reasons, so he can 'fit in' and feel like he has friends. He got kicked out of his accommodation 3 years ago and hasn't been able to land a proper job or home since. He suffers from mental illness too – "I'm really depressed and hear voices in my head, Nas" – he told me, and that's another reason why he's on the streets. He has no support system and doesn't really have friends. He is lonely and just wants people to show him love and accept him. He said he often thinks about reconnecting with his family, especially during Christmas and New Years when he's alone. Listening to his story I just felt sick to my stomach at how neglected he felt. He has no support system, no friends and no family to support him. He actually didn't even have proper clothes on! His jeans were ripped and falling off his waist. He had no underwear on, and his shirt was also ripped and dirty. I had to go the full 9 yards on the brother! I went and bought him a new outfit and really took my time grooming him – with a cut, beard trim, dry shampoo, aftershave, and style. Looking at him afterwards I was quite taken aback myself and told him "Mark, you look so good bro" and he responded with "I know, and I feel GREAT!". That response made me so happy and I just took his hand and said "I hope you realize you've made a friend for life now.. see you around soon." I love this guy – his sincerity and open heart. Thanks for opening my eyes, Mark. Bless. #cleancutcleanstart #thestreetsbarber #thestreetsbarberproject