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13th Apr 2021

Barber shaves off own hair in solidarity with man with cancer

Claudia McInerney

A video of a barber shaving off his own hair as a way of standing in solidarity with a man with cancer has gone viral

The footage was shared on social media by the TikTok user Neftali Martin (@neftabarber), who is currently receiving treatment for cancer.

Martin, who is also a barber by trade, went to get his hair cut by his colleague Joel, as hair loss is a common side effect of his cancer treatment, chemotherapy.

The TikTok user decided to film the moment his hair was shaved off at the barbers in Alicante in Southeastern Spain, when his colleague took him by surprise and started to shave his own head.

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Martin became visibly emotional during Joel’s act of kindness, bowing his head and wiping away his tears.

Martin shared the video on social media, and it was not long until the clip went viral.

On TikTok, the video has received more than 2.3 million likes and over 27,000 comments.

He then took to Instagram to explain what happened during the clip.

He wrote: “‘You are not alone’ – those were the words of my great friend and co-worker immediately after he shaved his head, telling me that until my hair grew back, he was going to continue shaving with me.

“For those who do not know him @imjooeel is not just a co-worker, he is like a brother to me. I love you bro.”

People have reacted positively to the barber’s touching story that he shared online.

One user commented: “This is so special and meaningful. You rock big time.”

Another said: “This is so beautiful.”