Haircuts Around World. Twenty dollars! Actually, twenty-four dollars with the tip. That is the price for my haircut at the barbershop near my apartment in Chicago. There is no heavy lifting involved; 20 or 25 minutes and I am out the door. I am a bit of a value shopper, maybe even a bit cheap. In fact, I often time my haircuts while I am traveling overseas to save a couple of dollars.
As I travel around the world, it is always interesting to note the commonalities and difference in culture, for big things, and others barely noticeable. So, at the end of the day, no matter what country you are in, everyone needs haircuts. And getting a haircut overseas allows you to have a small glimpse into the window of local life.
I recall my first international haircut was in Hong Kong after graduating university. The barber aggressively buzzed the back of my head to my delayed protests. There was a language barrier and the barber did not understand my request to cut my hair and not to buzz it. This was to be the first of many small hiccups while getting haircuts around the world. All you can do is smile and wait for the hair to grow back.
This was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. I was in Tehran a giant, sprawling metropolis of 15 million people. After an hour on foot, I still could not find a barbershop. Finally, I was in some random semi-industrial area, and I spied a barbershop. I poked my head in and noted the empty barber chair. I smiled, and the barber returned with his own grin. I slid into the chair. It had been over a month since my last cut as I had made my way recently through Armenia, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
The barber was a bit surprised to see a foreigner in his chair. And after some charades, he realized I was from the US. His eyebrows scrunched up in surprise and then a smile broke out.
Walking outside of Historic Center of Mexico City, I ended up in a bustling local neighborhood. After a brief ten minutes I spied a barbershop. For 80 Pesos ($4.20) and a 40 Peso tip, I left the barbershop with my new haircut.
I was in the historic, colonial town of Granada in Nicaragua. And around the corner from my hotel was a barbershop. For under $3, my hair was short and neat, ready for the hot Nicaraguan sun.
Visiting Cusco, the former home of the Inca Empire, I was in dire need of a haircut. After visiting the local market and having lunch, I walked past a barbershop. Thirty minutes and $4 later, my haircut was finished.
I have gotten dozens and dozens of haircuts here. In the lobby of my apartment building are several barbershops. My haircut costs me 200 Baht ($6) and a 50 Baht tip. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of farangs (foreigners) so the prices are inflated. Some of my local friends will pay less than 50 Bhat for the haircut.
After 3 weeks of exploring Africa, it was time for a haircut and more importantly a shave. I hadn’t shaved in several weeks, and my three day shadow was now a beard. I was in Tunis, the capital, of Tunisia in the Medina. The Medina is the old part of the city, dating back to the 7th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And as luck would have it, the one-man barbershop was adjacent to my hostel. I was embarrassed how cheap the full shave and haircut was, only $4 for both. I gave him another $4 in a tip.
And a look at some other haircuts, where I was snapping a picture or two.
This barber shop was set up in the bottom of a stairwell in an apartment in Havana.
Walking down the first street from my hotel located on the outskirts of the capital, Asmara, I happened upon this shop and took a couple of snaps.
For those who have been to India, you know it is one of the best places to take photos in the world. So much of life takes place in the streets.
I did a day trek outside of Luang Prabang and came across this small village. It makes you think what is really necessary when you go to get a haircut.
I have been to Myanmar three times, and another of my favorite countries. Friendly, photogenic people.
In Kathmandu, a quick shave before work.
Not a haircut, but ear cleaning. I still find this to be a bit odd, but there is a robust ear cleaning industry in some countries.
Haircuts Around World