Homeless Spanish man gets life-changing makeover

Mr Antonio, before and after his 2015 makeover by a Majorca hair salon, which posted a video of the transformation online. After the makeover, he received help from a company and he is no longer homeless.
Mr Antonio, before and after his 2015 makeover by a Majorca hair salon, which posted a video of the transformation online. After the makeover, he received help from a company and he is no longer homeless.PHOTOS: YOUTUBE

BARCELONA • A Spanish man, homeless and living on the streets for 25 years, had his life turned around after a local hair salon gave him a makeover.

The transformation of Mr Jose Antonio, 55, was documented in a video posted on the Facebook page of La Salvajeria, a hair salon in Majorca, a popular holiday destination in Spain.

The video, which was posted on Tuesday, had been shot in 2015.

Mr Antonio's long, unkempt white hair was cut, dyed and styled.

Instead of his old clothes, he wore a clean white shirt, skinny red trousers and leather shoes.

When the makeover was complete and he saw himself in the mirror, he exclaimed: "Oh wow! Oh my God! I don't recognise myself! This is amazing. This is me!"

Mr Antonio was working as a parking attendant and living on the streets had taken its toll on him. He was well known to local residents, but no one could recognise him after the makeover.

After the transformation, he is shown ordering a beer at a terrace bar, next to where he spends most of his days. The waiter walks away without recognising him before he reveals his identity.

A couple of women compliment him on his looks, while other locals express astonishment when let in on the secret of who he is. One person asks: "Where's your Ferrari, mate?"

The former electrician ended up homeless after suffering from depression, the Daily Mail reported.

After the makeover, he received help from a company that wished to stay anonymous and he is no longer homeless, said the report.

While his hair has greyed again, he has kept up his appearance and is looking for work.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 19, 2017, with the headline 'Homeless Spanish man gets life-changing makeover'. Print Edition | Subscribe