Hottest cut of all: Gaza barber wields blowtorch

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Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan styles and straightens the hair of a customer with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 2, 2017. Picture taken February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan applies cream on the hair of a customer before having his hair straightened and styled with fire at Odwan's salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 5, 2017. Picture taken February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan styles and straightens the hair of a customer with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 2, 2017. Picture taken February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan combs the hair of a customer after straightening and styling it with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 2, 2017. Picture taken February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan styles and straightens the hair of a customer with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 2, 2017. Picture taken February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan styles and straightens the hair of a customer with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 2, 2017. Picture taken February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan combs the hair of a customer after straightening and styling it with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 5, 2017. Picture taken February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan styles and straightens the hair of a customer with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 2, 2017. Picture taken February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan sprays the hair of a customer as he prepares to style and straighten it with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 5, 2017. Picture taken February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan, who styles and straightens his customers' hair with fire, stands at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 2, 2017. Picture taken February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
An assistant to Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan uses the flame from a lighter as he styles and straightens the hair of a customer with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 5, 2017. Picture taken February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan is pictured through a glass window as he styles and straightens the hair of a customer with fire, at his salon in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip February 2, 2017. Picture taken February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian barber Ramadan Odwan styles and straightens the hair of a customer with fire at his salon in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip February 2, 2017. Picture taken February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Palestinian barber uses fire to straighten the hair of a customer in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Palestinian barber uses fire to straighten the hair of a customer in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
A Palestinian barber uses fire to straighten the hair of a customer in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
A Palestinian barber uses fire to straighten the hair of a customer in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
A Palestinian barber uses fire to straighten the hair of a customer in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
A Palestinian barber uses fire to straighten the hair of a customer in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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GAZA (Reuters) - In Ramadan Odwan's barbershop in Gaza, hair isn't just blow-dried, it's blowtorch-dried.

"People have gone crazy about it, many people are curious to go through the experience and they are not afraid," he told Reuters. "People here love adventures."

Odwan, 37, is not the first stylist in the world to use flame to straighten hair, but his craft is unique in the Gaza Strip.

In his salon in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, Odwan applied what he described as a protective liquid coating to a customer's hair - he declined to disclose its contents - before aiming for the head and pressing the button on a small blowtorch.

"I control how long I apply fire, I keep it on and off for 10 seconds or 15 seconds. It is completely safe and I have not encountered any accident since I started it two months ago," Odwan added.

Odwan charges 20 shekels ($5.20) for a haircut and fire-straightening.

A barber for the past 18 years, he said part of the reason he uses the technique is to show that Palestinian barbers are as "professional as those out there around the world."

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