A few months ago when Denine Davies and her husband Jamie Lewis first opened the doors of Port Talbot, Wales-based Jim the Trim barbershop, they weren't sure what to expect.
Their son, Mason, was just diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and the parents were desperately looking for a barber who would know how to deal with kids that have autism. Eventually, Davies and Lewis were referred to a local shop owner, James Williams.
Williams, who already had experience working with children who have autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), gladly took Mason as a new client. But the feeling wasn't mutual at first.
"He wouldn't allow me to go near one of his ears, he would run away on times if he wasn't up [for] it," Williams writes in his Facebook post.
Every time Mason visited his barbershop for a fresh new cut, Williams would try different techniques to earn his trust. Finally, all that hard work paid off ...
After months of trial and error, Mason and James reached a breakthrough!
"We both laid on the floor in silence and he allowed me to cut away and give him his first proper haircut," Williams writes.
Williams was ecstatic to announce the news! He says that is something he really likes in his job — building friendships and making both the kids and the parents happy.
After Williams was done with his haircut, he asked Mason for a high five. Instead, the wonderful boy gave him a hug!
The post about his achievement that Williams shared on Facebook has gone viral at the speed of light, reaching millions of people online and offline. The hero barber was interviewed by major news outlets all over the world, including Germany and Brazil.