Imphal: Look, who’s hair! Ever since school days, twin brothers Paonam Sunder Singh and Paonam Prem Singh, 44, always wanted to start a platform that would offer affordable and hygienic hair-grooming services to residents of his native state Manipur.
On July 9, their ‘dream’ somewhat came true when ‘Barber on Wheel’, their mobile barbershop, was flagged off in Imphal.
Currently stationed at Lairikyengbam Makha Leikai near Lamlong bridge in the state capital, Barber on Wheel will take a three-pronged approach — to offer a clean and hygienic environment to customers for their haircuts and other hair-grooming services, to make them affordable by keeping the rates low, and to create employment for the local youths.
So, apart from minimal charges ranging from Rs 30 to Rs 40, customers also get sterilised scissors, combs and clean aprons and towels.
“We ventured into this service with an aim to create employment to the youths and to reach the differently-abled people at their residence, besides maintaining good hygiene at affordable rates,” said Sunder, a former Zila Parishad member.
With the support of his twin brother Prem who works as a GM at one of the reputed hotels of the state, Sunder was able to fulfil a dream that he started seeing in his school days. “It is arguably the first such venture not only in the state but also in the country,” claimed Sundar.
Along with residential barber services, the duo are also planning to roll out on-call services to locals, including differently-abled people and high-profile celebrities, among others.
With an initial investment of around Rs 1.5 lakh, the Paonam brothers started off with their modified van and two dedicated full-time barbers. In the coming days, they aim to create set up 40 more such vehicles which would be used by the local youths.
Upon creating more such eco-friendly vehicles, the mobile barbershop, as informed by the Paonam brothers, would drive to clients’ places with barbers and give doorstep services to them.
Sunder and Prem are also planning to launch e-rickshaw services which would reduce pollution and provide an eco-friendly mode of employment for differently-abled persons who would ride by themselves without anyone’s help.