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A 78-year-old street barber named Thuan smokes a pipe and waits for customers on July 20 at his roadside barber shop in Hanoi, Vietnam. Thaun became a street barber over 30 years ago after leaving the Vietnamese military.
The tradition of street barbering in Hanoi stretches back to the 18th century. The average cost of a haircut ranges between $1-4 USD, depending on the reputation of the barber and whether you're a regular customer.
Like Thuan, many of the barbers are ex-miltary personnel who want to keep busy and help their families cover weekly expenses.
Quan, 22, is settling into his new career in streetside barbering one year after completing his service in the Vietnamese army.
Binh, a 60-year-old Vietnam War veteran, has been holding down his street barber shop for the past 10 years.
Giang, a 29-year-old street barber, set up shop after leaving school 6 years ago.
Before joining the ranks of Hanoi's street barbers, 47-year-old Minh was making a living by working in a hotel.
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