How many hairdressers are there in Delhi

I am not a friend of hairdressers. Or the other way around: hairdressers are not my Friends. They always do things with my hair that look great for half an hour, which is why I praise them when they finish their job; but as soon as my main hair had contact with the shower head and I should blow dry the Spittelmist myself, I see again that nothing holds, nothing fits, everything is somehow totally wrong.

In this post, however, it is not about my hair, but about the profession of hairdresser in India. However, my personal examination of this professional field makes a chic introduction. Exactly because of that.

To the point, honey: In the cities of India - and probably also in the country, for which I lack the personal experience - you often find this type of hairdresser:

These are the street barbers of India. Here: Delhi.

They built their business on the side of the road. Bricks serve as a shelf for them. Plastic mirrors dangle from the wall. Something slippery in the western European's abdominal cavity begins to twist: cutting hair on the street?

People like to associate the hairdresser with the smell of all sorts of cosmetics that are kneaded into your hair. However, this is about crisp, bare haircuts. These hairdressers - just like their customers - are exclusively male. Nothing is dyed here, treated with cures and masks or otherwise fooled around, but hair is cut here. Quite old-fashioned.
However, on request there is a champi - a head massage. Depending on the provider, this can degenerate into a brutal attempt to break all of the client's neck vertebrae and crack the top of his skull, or it is a wonderful, traditional method of relieving all tension. Bentley already had both variants.

I can also prove graphically that these hairdressers enjoy a lively clientele:

Often these street barbers appear in small groups and one would be amazed how quickly it goes there. It is not without reason, in my opinion, that Indians wear meticulous haircuts very often: it is not only cheap to entrust yourself to the hands of an experienced hairdresser at every turn, but there is also not much with appointment books and similar stagnant nonsense that requires a certain amount of planning .

Of course there are also hairdressing salons. Just like in Europe. Depending on the location, equipment and offer, the prices for a salon can even exceed the prices in Europe. After all, there are seldom any upper limits.
A simple, good salon in Mumbai charges around 80 rupees for a very simple haircut. But if you have to, you can also have the same for 500 rupees and more, just so that you can leaf through a glittering magazine for 10 minutes beforehand. The simple barber shops are little more than a simple room with a glass front. The noise of the street drowns out the snipping of the scissors. Sometimes there is a small television or at least a loud radio in a corner. The chairs are a strange cross between dentist chairs and a beige leather throne.

Most barbers also shave - and of course they use a new blade for each client. In the picture they are shaving in chord - where there are many people, there is always something going on.

The fact that the hairdressing profession traditionally belonged in the hands of men is primarily due to the fact that the clientele was also exclusively male. Women let their hair grow long and massaged it themselves with coconut, amla or almond oil. They only needed a salon to pluck various facial hairs and to bleach the skin, and they could do that themselves with traditional means. Today, however, women also wear short, sporty haircuts and thus female hairdressers are also increasing in the city salons.

Incidentally, the word “barber” or “barber” is viewed as disparaging in India today. People prefer to call themselves a hair stylist. Even barber shops officially no longer exist - these are salons today.

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