When we first moved to Bangalore, we drove by this place several times. I found it odd that a country with taboos around drinking and smoking would have a “Girl’s Gents Parlour” so obviously labeled on such a busy road.
Month’s later, I finally noticed that the sign actually says “Giri’s Gents Parlour” – I was confusing the capital I with an L.
Of course, it also helped that by then I had figured out that a Gents Parlour is actually a beauty salon. There are tiny barbershops set up in nooks, crannies, and kiosks, but the larger men’s salons do waxing, pedicures, and massages.
Here is Dalton getting a hair cut. You can see the massage table in the background.
The women’s beauty parlors are specifically labeled as Ladies and Kids Only. No men are allowed inside because they also do massages, waxing etc. However, most kids in India get their heads shaved, so I have to take Dalton to a men’s salon (and hope no one else is there) to get him an actual hair cut.
I pay 50 rupees for Dalton’s hair cuts – about $1.15, or $1.35 after tipping. My husband pays twice as much for a hair cut that also includes a head massage and, I think, a shave. I normally give haircuts to my husband and the baby using clippers. Cutting their hair at home has saved me hundreds of dollars. We don’t have clippers in India, but I still trim my daughter’s hair myself with scissors.
How do you save on hair cuts for your family?
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