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Barber Shears Generations of South African Hair

With a flick of a switch, Fred Moss’s electric hair clipper is shaving the back of a client’s neck. “I’m shearing this boy, just like a sheep!” the barber jokes. Unsurprisingly, the burly Moss’s silver-black hair is cropped closely. It’s also slicked back in a shiny wave. The man in the white coat has been working here at Scala Barbershop in the Johannesburg suburb of Melville for 45 years. He’s cut generations of families’ hair. “The grandfather comes here for many years and then he...

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