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Filipino salon owner uses his own hair to create portraits

Using a thin paintbrush and clear, tacky resin, the co-owner of a hair salon in Manila dusts these collected locks and cuts onto a blank white canvas, taking two to five hours to arrange them into images. striking musicians and actors.

Filipino artist and sailor Jestoni Garcia works on a human hair portrait of Rihanna in San Juan City, Philippines. (Courtesy of Reuters)

Every few months, when Jestoni Garcia picks up an electric hair clipper, he doesn’t just cut his hair, he also collects art materials.

Using a thin paintbrush and clear, tacky resin, the co-owner of a hair salon in Manila dusts these collected locks and cuts onto a blank white canvas, taking two to five hours to arrange them into images. striking musicians and actors.

The 32-year-old sailor’s main job is to spend up to eight months a year on cruise ships and, lacking adequate art supplies like paint and sketchbooks at sea, Garcia turned in 2021 to the use of his own hair to create images. He started with self-portraits and eventually moved on to portraying celebrities.

At sea most of the time, rather than in his salon, he only uses his own hair, occasionally shaving off his sideburns when he needs extra gear.

Garcia said practicing the art helps her ease her stress, as long trips take a toll on her physical and mental health.

“We have to have an outlet to deal with depression. For me, my outlet was to make art,” he said, adding that he eventually wanted to sell his work.

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