Meet the world's most travelled barber who has trimmed hair around the globe

Meet the world's most travelled barber who has trimmed hair around the globe - everywhere from Mount Everest to the bottom of the sea. 

Jess Palfrey, 26, packed in her army career and trained as a hairdresser before setting off on a five-year adventure.

Armed with a pair of scissors, beard trimmer and a hairdressers' robe, Jess has earned her keep trimming across four continents.

She has given haircuts in front of the Hollywood sign, in Vatican City and holy temples in Asia, as well as at Rome's Colosseum and 17,000ft up Mount Everest. 

During her travels Jess managed to qualify as a scuba diver - which enabled her to trim a beard underwater for 15 minutes in Egypt's Red Sea. 

Jess, from Bristol, said: "It's quite great how it all worked out. 

"This way I'm able to top up my funds while I travel and keep my friends happy. 

"When I trained as a barber I realised I didn't need a salon and I could be mobile.

"Since leaving the army I realised I had this freedom and always wanted to travel so thought I'd combine the two. 

"I basically ask people when I'm travelling. 

"I make friends when I'm away and say, hey I'm doing this thing where I cut people's hair in front of tourist attractions - fancy a free cut? 

"It's only when I stay in hostels do I charge. 

"When I was up at base camp on Mount Everest it was absolutely freezing. 

"I had to have my hand warmers on and have them wrapped around the battery to make sure it worked. 

"All I have to do is make sure my battery is charged. 

"I did my standard half an hour trim there. 

"After I cut his hair he actually took a turn for the worst and had to be taken away by a helicopter. I had to keep telling everyone it had nothing to do with the haircut!

"That was the coldest place I've been. 

"The hottest place was probably California. 

"When I was outside the Buddha statue it was a holy place so not only was it really busy but it would have been disrespectful. 

"I trimmed the guy's hair in some nearby forestry and then just made the finishing touches so we could pose for a snap. 

"Sometimes when I do it other people see what I'm doing and then ask for a cheeky quick cut. 

"When I was doing it outside the Colosseum I three people come up to me and ask!

"I suppose one of the best experiences was when I was travelling in Nepal and I cut the all the villagers' hair.

"Of course being such a remote village they wouldn't have access to a barber and they all had thick black hair with no shape - so I was able to have fun and give it a bit of life.

"So anywhere I go and there are people less fortunate and I can help them by cutting their hair for free then I will."

Jess went to a military school as a teen before earning a place at Birmingham University to study engineering. 

But after a year in the Royal Engineers she decided to pack it in to go travelling in 2016.

She spent five-months to train as a barber before buying a van and travelling out to New Zealand for nine months. 

She then spent the next four years on and off travelling across four continents trimming the barnets of fellow tourists in front of the likes of Italy's Colosseum and Hong Kong's Big Buddha. 

She does it for free if it's for a promotional picture for her social media, or asks for donations equal to a nights stay in a hostel.

She went travelling in 2016 and got back a year later, then left again for two more years.

She came back to the UK in early 2019 for a short time before doing more travelling towards the end of last year.

She has visited New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam,Thailand, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Nepal, Indonesia, Egypt and Italy.

Now back in the UK for a brief stint, Jess is currently working as a freelance barber in Bristol as she saves up to go to South America. 

She said: "I just didn't fit in and it wasn't for me.

 

"I'm very gay and very loud so I suppose I wasn't the usual fit. 

"I had always wanted to travel. 

"I've just love being able to combine the two.

"I just love cutting hair and hated feeling trapped and lose in the army. 

"I'm lucky enough to travel and see the world, I wanna give back and I can do that with hair!"