Manners and clothes might make the man, but we can’t forget about the importance of a good, clean haircut, either. A quality cut and a fresh beard trim can make anyone feel like a king or a star, ready to take on the world.
French celebrity barber David Kodat is a miracle worker with a pair of scissors and clippers. Now, he’s being praised left and right on TikTok for giving a homeless man a free haircut and the difference really is like night and day. Check out the magical transformation David wove with his tools below. It was intriguing to watch him work and we can’t wait to hear what you thought, too.
“We had a really tough time, my family and me, when I was little. We were also homeless. I always kept that in my head I never forgot those moments,” David opened up to Bored Panda. He explained that this is why his heart goes out to people who are in trouble. “I am part of a [charity] association and we distribute food every Sunday to homeless people and I had the idea of offering them my services.” Read on to learn how charity work helps David stay humble while working with famous clients.
Barber David Kodat gave a homeless man a quality haircut, just like the ones he gives his celebrity clients
You can watch the full transformation video right here
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David is one of the most humble and honest people I’ve talked to. He told Bored Panda that working with famous clients is very different than working with anyone else. “It’s another world. It’s very difficult.” However, he likes the variety and the changes in his life: from his living room to the streets, to the stars visiting his salon.
“Hairdressing the homeless allows me to keep my head on my shoulders and remember what I’ve been through,” he said.
David also revealed that he never actually wanted to be a barber; he came into the job because he had no choice. “I wasn’t too good at school and my dad forced me to do this job so I started very young and then liked it.” What he loves about his job is the flexibility: he can be doing hairstyles for celebs abroad one day and cutting the hair of the needy in the streets the next day.
“Whatever your profession, I think that we can do good around us. Whether you’re a barber like me or whatever, you can do good. We just have to remember to love the people in front of us,” he said. If you like David’s work and his philosophy, be sure to follow him on social media.
Here’s what the man looked like before the haircut
The barber got busy with his scissors and clippers
David also trimmed the man’s beard
He looks very handsome now, doesn’t he? Look at that smile
The celeb barber is known both for his skills and his philanthropic work
Image credits: davidkodatofficial
The change really is radical and it’s lovely to see how much the homeless man enjoys his new look. David transformed the man’s mane of long gray hair into a tight and fashionable haircut. Meanwhile, he also gave his unkempt beard, which reached his stomach, a serious trim.
The video was watched over 21.6k times and liked by more than 3k people at the time of writing (but we expect these numbers to get much, much higher).
David the barber has his own hair salon in Strasbourg and has quite a following online. On TikTok alone, he has 136k loyal followers. Meanwhile, on Instagram, he’s got 24k fans eagerly waiting for his newest haircut videos.
Many of David’s videos feature various celebrities, including a lot of professional football players. That’s certainly part of what draws people to his social media profiles. But the other part is the barber’s skills. It’s very satisfying to watch him do precision work on people’s hair.
One thing that stands out, in particular, is the barber’s exceptional ability to create quality fades and to work with very clear-cut lines.
Bored Panda recently wrote about another homeless man who was found by his family after getting a cut and a shave. You can find his story right here.