A standard trip to the hair salon usually involves a euphoric scalp massage, a voluminous blowout and maybe some therapeutic chit chat with your stylist (that is unless you’ve booked a “quiet chair” because those exist now FYI). But should you find yourself in Alberto Olmedo’s salon in Madrid you’ll likely have a very different experience.

In a Facebook video released today (that already has over 90 million views) Alberto chats about his um, unconventional haircutting techniques – some of which involve samurai swords, a blowtorch and wolverine claws. Yes, really.

Olmedo admits his methods are “a bit medieval”, but adds that its the only way to get both sides of a haircut “mathematically exact” and completely even. In the video, he is shown holding swords in both hands and chopping away at the hair with one hand, then another. How this technique results in an even cut, we’re not exactly sure.


Throughout the vid, Alberto is then seen using a blowtorch to scorch dead ends before swiftly chopping them off, a technique similar to a Brazilian treatment called velaterapia that’s popular among models. Alberto’s version, however, is much more dramatic (and terrifying).

Alberto says, “I’m practically using primitive tools. Fire, swords… It’s a bit medieval. Sometimes you have to use a bit of imagination to get positive results.” Hmm, we’re all for imagination, but we’re also pretty keen to keep our heads. What a double edged sword.

Have you ever had a crazy hair treatment? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

(Photos via AJ+ /Facebook)