The Barbers of Freetown

Barbers play a special role in Freetown, Sierra Leone. They act as counsellors, listening to clients agonise over their love lives or confide in them about family crises. The barber shop provides a safe space for people to sit back and unwind. Sierra Leone-based journalist and photographer Olivia Acland has been documenting the barber shops of Freetown.

The owner of this barber shop, Ronald, decided to have it painted in this way
as he "likes American and English people's style".

This barber shop beside Freetown's stadium stays open as late as 11pm
to catch anyone needing a shave on the way in or out of an event.

Barber Kolenzo and his sister relax in the shop waiting for customers.

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