Meet the hairdresser who travels to poor villages in Asia to teach people to cut hair

Niall McNulty, 25 travels out to poor villages in Indonesia and Philippines to train people basic hair cutting skills

A Nottingham hairdresser has combined his loved for the trade and volunteering to spends his free time travelling the world to teach others and give them a "start in life".

Niall McNulty, 25 volunteered to travel to the Philippines with an international charity called HairAid which trains people in poverty to cut hair.

Training can be under a tree or on a basketball court - wherever there is space and people willing to learn.

In five days, locals can learn five basic cuts. With their new skills and also the hair-cutting kits donated through Hair Aid, they can go on to open their own businesses, even on the side of a road, to start earning money to feed their children.

To date, Hair Aid has trained more than 3,700 people.

In January, Niall visited people living in critical poverty in the Philippines who had no access to skilled training for haircuts.

When not volunteering around the world, Niall manages YK Hair & Bauty in Bingham.

Niall who lives in Sherwood said: "Like most I was scared of the unknown to begin with, travelling there alone as the first UK volunteer but the planning, organisation and other volunteers involved with the projects will help you through all those barriers.

"Seeing the conditions most live in can be difficult but honestly once you are there getting involved and learning from them about their lives and sharing your knowledge, you can’t help but smile from ear to ear about how determined and grateful the trainees are to have you there and are hanging off every word you say.

"People have gone on to open their own salons."

Niall McNulty (bottom) with people he has helped teach hairdressing through Hair Aid

He has also just completed a second project with Hair Aid in Indonesia - working and managing a team of 22 volunteers across four locations, training over 120 people.

"I also travel around the UK teaching for the L'Oreal product division Matrix - I do have a passion for teaching and helping others," he added.

"The whole point of the projects is to teach those less privileged and give them a chance to earn their own money."

Niall says he also wants to work with homeless charity Framework to get involved with cutting the hair of homeless people who may be looking for an interview.

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