Mokena Barber Cuts Hair With Fire: VIDEO

Watch as your Mokena, IL, Patch editor gets his haircut with an open flame at Dina's Barber Shop on Front Street.

Paper beats rock, scissors beat paper and, for Mokena, IL, barber Tony Dina, Jr., sometimes fire beats scissors.

Dina, the second generation to run in downtown Mokena, is still familiar with how to do a "singe haircut." That's how it sounds: You burn the hair off instead of cutting it.

Although the singe haircut leaves a sharper look—it cauterizes the tips of the hair rather than leaving tips cut at jagged angles—Dina said he's only done about three in the last three years.

For starters, people have to know the option exists. Two of the recent singe recipients were men old enough to remember that barber shops used to burn.

The third was a woman, a hairdresser who knew about the technique and, after looking at the memorabilia-laden, 64-year-old shop, figured the barber might be old-school enough to know how to singe.

Dina, a competitive bodybuilder in the over-70 category, was. Dina's Barber Shop has been a part of Mokena since 1948, when Tony Dina, Sr., got tired of taking the train to Chicago, more than 30 miles away, every day. Tony Dina, Jr., still runs the barber shop to this day. Watch the attached video of his skills at work.

For more on Patch editors getting their hair cut (seriously), donate to the New Lenox and Frankfort editors' St. Baldrick's Day fundraisers.

William Caldwell March 16, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Tony Sr. "usta" cut my hair with the candle. Never requested it, he just did it when he had the urge. The stink was pretty bad. Toiny Sr. was an important member of the Mokena Comunity. Served as a volunteer on a lot of things.
Barberette T March 16, 2012 at 09:19 PM
How do you get rid of the smell? Nice job tho.
helpfulhairstylist.com March 18, 2012 at 05:25 AM
I will be doing some more research on this technique. You are very brave seeing as the shop was burned to the ground once before! Hopefuly not with this method! www.helpfulhairstylist.com
Paul Dailing March 19, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Ha ha. No, I asked. It wasn't a barber shop when it burned to the ground. It was the old general store. They built a barber shop there later.
Kristie Camfield December 27, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Great article about a great friend!


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