Man Leaves Job To Open The U.K.'s First Pop-Up 'Dementia-Friendly' Barber Shop

"At the end of my day, I know I have given these men my all."

When Lenny White of Millisle, Ireland turned 35 years old, he realized he wanted to do something different with his career. 

"I always had a heart for the elderly," White says in a video for 3FortyFive Films, adding that he had experience working in nursing homes as a teen. 

When the time was right, White decided to leave his career in sales and utilize the barbing diploma he received in 2016 to open up a barber shop for people with dementia. In doing so, White became "the UK's first dementia-friendly barber." His mobile, pop-up shop services men in care homes, men living at home, and those staying in hospitals and day centers all across Northern Ireland. These people cannot make it to a barber shop otherwise, he explains.

"I brought along a little jukebox that my mum had bought for the kids and I played old classics like Elvis, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra whilst cutting the men's hair," White adds in an article on Love What Matters, explaining how he set up shop. "We instantly saw a massive difference and knew we were onto something. The men would relax, sing along to the music and tap away to the beat of the music. Those that were previously agitated going to the hairdresser were relaxing more." White also notes that he uses his time to talk with the men about their past and reminisce about life. 

White pays attention to details, too; not only does he cut their hair and provide a shave, but he'll cut nose, eyebrow, and ear hairs that needs trimming. 

"At the end of my day, I know I have given these men my all," White says. "This makes me feel happy and that I have done something worthwhile. I love getting a little smile from my clients as I know they have enjoyed their treatment."

You can find out more about White's work in the video below:


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