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Barnsley barber shop which lets customers feel the scissors praised for great approach to kids

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A new barber shop hoping to make a difference has opened in Wombwell, Barnsley.

Wombell Style, on Station road, offers appointments which specifically cater for children with additional needs.

Owner Malaz Jak has worked as a barber for years and cuts the hair of his younger brother, who has additional needs.

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He said he wanted to provide the service because he understands how children with additional needs can be left “hurt or stressed” if barbers don’t take the time and care that is needed.

Wombwell Style looks after the well-being of customers by dimming lights, turning off background music, and giving out iPads for kids to use.

Staff also adapt to the needs of each customer, like letting them feel the scissors and equipment first, if that is what they need to feel comfortable.

Mr Jak, who already runs a barbers, is modifying the new store to suit customers with additional needs.

He said: “I opened this shop to offer more privacy and create somewhere more comfortable so the children can trust me.”

At the moment, he sets up screens and will not accept other customers when working with a child and their family.

“If a child has come in, I give him my time and ask other customers who walk in to come back later. Everyone is very understanding,” Mr Jak explained.

He is also working on another room in the barbers, which will be designed entirely for those with additional needs.

Everything from the colour of the walls to the music levels will be adjusted, according to the barber.

And so far Mr Jak has had glowing reviews, with families stopping him in the street to thank him.

“I’m proud I can help,” he said.

Two of his first eager customers were twins Levi and Lucas Atwal-Brice, 15.

The pair had not been to a barbers since age 3, when they were diagnosed with epilepsy and autism.

Their dad, Michael Atwal-Brice, said the family had an “amazing” experience at the barbers, after being denied from attending others before.

“It will help a lot of families out,” he added.

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