Hard-working immigrants – 7 days a week cutting hair at Hair Sports on Bulevardi

In these days of too much bad news from the Alt-True-Finns and other Xenophiles, I thought that it would be great to tell readers about a 3 Kurdish men who have set up their own barber’s shop in Helsinki and work 7 days a week to get it going.’’

They had to flee from danger in Iraq as children with their respective families, many years ago, to the relative safety of Europe.

After 16 years of moving from one country to the next, the boys (men now) separately ended up in Finland several years ago. They could not speak English or Finnish but they has learnt German, Greek, Dutch and naturally had their own languages for Iraq.

Facing uncertainty and without any real knowledge of Finland or Finnish, did not stop them learning Finnish and English and a trade, hairdressing.

After working for others for several years, they decided to open their own barbers shop on Bulevardi 15, in the middle of Helsinki. It called it Hair Sport, a pleasantly designed shop right in the centre of Helsinki offering man’s barber for a price of €15.

I decided to try them because it is near my home, and on the way to Stockmann.

I was so pleased because they cut my hair well with skill and fair. I am not a demanding customer because I hate looking in the mirror, but my wife is and will never let me go twice to the same barbers if she does not like the haircut!

This time round the boss gave her blessing to Alan, Sezar and Harem, (interesting names that have a special Eastern ring to them), which means that I am “allowed” to have my hair cut any time at their barbers shop without any conditions.

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