Kailash, man with a V-shaped Mustache

KUALA LUMPUR: Barber K. Kailash Nau turns heads whenever he attends formal functions.

This is because Kailash, 37, named after a mountainous peak in Transhimalaya, Tibet, is a stunner with his “V-shaped antennae” mustache.

He said he was invited to compete in three international mustache/beard competitions in the United Kingdom and the United States in the past two years.

Unfortunately, he was unable to secure visas to the two countries, despite strong recommendations from competition organizers.

“I wanted to compete there as they are opportunities for me to earn recognition and boost my reputation.

“But it has not discouraged me from trying again and, hopefully, I will have better luck next time,” said Kailash.

He explained that the first was the World Beard and Moustache Championship 2017 on Sept 1-3 in Austin, Texas.

The second was the British Beard and Moustache Championship 2018 on Aug 18 at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, Lancashire, the UK.

The latest was the Great American Beard and Moustache Championship 2018 on Sept 25-29 in Richmond, Virginia, the US.

While not attending to his mustache, Kailash said he operates his Master Hair Salon in Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur.

He charges RM12 per haircut and an additional RM10 for a shave. The majority of his clients are Nepali foreign workers.

Recently, Kailash cut a dashing figure in his lounge suit and gelled V-shaped antennae mustache at the Nepal National Day in Kuala Lumpur.

He was a star attraction as guests, including diplomats, took photos with him.

Kailash said he came from a generation of barbers when he arrived in Malaysia 13 years ago. His first job was a recruiting agent for Nepali workers.

“After two years, I worked another two years at a glove manufacturing company in Meru, Klang, in Selangor.

“Then, I developed a business partnership with locals to venture into the hair salon business.

“This is where I learned about mustache and beard grooming eight years ago. Soon, I became fascinated with international competitions related to it.”

He said he learned about international mustache/beard competitions through friends and social media.

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