You can spot them scattered throughout the wider boulevards of Hanoi, their mirrors affixed to crumbling brick walls, battered high chairs shaded by gnarled trees. Hanoi’s street barbers have been around since the 18th century, but they remain firmly embedded in the fabric of the city – even as the streets on which they ply their trade modernise rapidly.
Many of these barbers have retired from the military and have taken up this new career as a means of supporting their families. Learn more about these personalities in the gallery above.
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Silkwinds magazine