32 Lex Low

More Than a Bar­ber

Prestige (Malaysia) - - Hublot -

While a hair­cut is an im­per­a­tive part of a groom­ing reg­i­men, to Lex Low, bar­ber­ing skill is a means that can help trans­form the lives of those who learn to pos­sess it. “I be­lieve in em­pow­er­ing the un­der­priv­i­leged and help them un­leash the po­ten­tial that they have and to be able to see them grow from zero to hero,” Lex says.

His mis­sion is to im­part the skill to the peo­ple who are stuck in a rut and ne­glected by wider so­ci­ety while of­fer­ing them a way out of the vi­cious cy­cle of poverty and prej­u­dice. He teaches the home­less, or­phans, ex­con­victs, ur­ban poor, Orang Asli, etc. Along the way, he builds Othrs. bar­ber­shops that em­ploy them, and in re­turn, they too can con­trib­ute back to so­ci­ety, es­pe­cially the marginalised com­mu­nity.

In his jour­ney, he says, there are too many an in­spir­ing story, but one in par­tic­u­lar etched deeply in his mind. It was an ex-ad­dict that Lex trained and even­tu­ally led out of the streets. “All it takes is to be­lieve in one per­son,” he says, “and you’ll be able to see their life change.”

Go­ing for­ward, he hopes to es­tab­lish more branches and fran­chise his brand, and con­tinue to in­spire like-minded peo­ple in the hair­dress­ing in­dus­try, us­ing it as a plat­form to em­power and trans­form more lives. “At the end of the day, it’s not about build­ing an em­pire of bar­ber­shops, it’s about build­ing fam­i­lies.”

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