Yet more photos have gone viral online showing the terrifying skills of Xiong Gaowu, a Chengdu streetside barber who has managed to master a rather delicate art.
Xiong says that he has been giving haircuts on the sidewalk since he was 17. However, in the 1980s, he decided to branch out and began studying how to also clean up his customers’ eyes, using a very sharp blade. The traditional procedure claims to help older people see more clearly by scraping out all the junk near their eyeballs that is clouding their vision.
While the skill was difficult to learn at first, the 62-year-old now says it’s a “piece of cake,” adding that he has never injured anyone in four decades in business.
Meanwhile, his customers swear by the method, saying that they trust Xiong’s skills with the blade. “No, it’s not dangerous,” one 68-year-old woman insisted to Reuters. “My eyes feel refreshed after shaving and I feel comfortable.”
If you’re interested in cleaning up your gunky eyes, the procedure costs just 80 yuan ($12).
Watch Xiong at work below:
A local Chengdu ophthalmologist told Reuters that Xiong’s method may actually be doing some good by unblocking the openings of the moisture glands along the rim of the eyelid. Thus, saving his customers from annoying dry eyes.
Though she also adds that she hopes he is carefully sanitizing his tools.
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