UK barber, James Williams, has won the internet for his caring attitude toward young autistic client, Mason Lewis.

James Williams, from South Wales, has formed an amazing relationship with Mason Lewis, a four year old who had recently been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The patience and care that James showed Mason even earnt him a hug after he finally got to cut Mason’s hair.

In his Facebook post that he excitedly shared he mentioned that he had been working with Mason for a few months and that Mason “wouldn’t allow me to go near one of his ears [and] he would run away if he wasn’t up to it.”

Mason is quite happy  playing his games and letting James cut his hair, while they both lay on the floor.


“Really want to thank Jamie Lewis, Denine Davies to allow me to post this on my wall, the extremes you need to achieve when your cutting hair is amazing even having to go down to a child’s level literally haha smile emoticon ,

Mason who few months ago got diagnosed with asd, Jamie & Denine got recommended to me, so over last few month I have been attempting to find different ways how to cut masons hair, he wouldn’t allow me to go near one of his ears he would run away on times if he wasn’t up to it.

But today I finally achieved it where we both layed on the floor in silence & he allowed me to cut away & give him his first proper haircut, again achieving something in a job I love making both parents happy by giving extra attention to Mason by building a friendship at trust with Mason & myself.

What gave the finishing touch I asked for a high 5, he hugged me, true barber love !!
‪#‎achievement‬ ‪#‎proudbarber‬ ‪#‎hairbondambassador‬
‪#‎jimthetrim‬ ‪#‎awardwinner‬ ‪#‎bestbarbers2015

James’ post has been shared over 3250 times. True respect for the man. There really needs to be more people like James in the world!

Share your thoughts below.  

  • Well done to a barber with an understanding of autism. He should be very proud of his efforts!


  • Good on him for taking charge of the situation and realising what he needed to do. A wonderful story.


  • Its so good to seeing someone work like this – truly taking the time to understand the needs of the clients. That’s one great barber, one lucky boy and one relieved mum!


  • There are some awesome barbers out there!!!
    In Perth, we have the “Short, Back and Sidewalks”, a project offering haircuts to those in need — whether they are living on the streets or at risk of homelessness, it is “free of charge, free of judgement”.

    • Thanks for sharing a wonderful project – a great community project.


  • So nice to see someone willing to do what it takes to get the job done.


  • The kind of tolerance and understanding we need at times. As long as we don’t cross teh line and pander to people too much.


  • yes it is this kindness that the world needs more of. he took the time to get to know this kid also


  • I had a friend send me his original facebook post, then shared it with other friends too. I think Autism is still quite misunderstood in the wider community. That hug speaks volumes and he is a wonderful man to work with families in this way.


  • What a wonderful man – caring, understanding and just an all round great guy.


  • What compassion this hairdresser has. Great to see that he has great respect for his clients.


  • What a champion! Not too many people in his position would be prepared to do that. Good on him! And look at all his tattoos!!! Many people would see them and write him off as a human being. How wrong they would be


  • What a great man to get down to the child’s level. Such a great outcome for all.


  • Lke us


  • That’s so lovely of him!:-)


  • well done for being committed to working with the little boy and his parents :) I bet he is feeling pretty proud of himself, and so he should. I bet there are alot of hairdressers that might not be so committed!


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