Friday, August 7, 2015

The Mumbai Xpress Barber shop...Experience India in the heart of Parkhurst

Yes I do look tense.
WHY?
It has been YEARS since I was last in a "proper"
barber shop.
For the past two decades I have been cutting my own hair,
with the help of a pair of electric clippers.
HOWEVER, I thought it was time for a change,
and I had seen this shop on Facebook

Situated 56 6th Street, Parkhurst,
I decided to give their services a try.

Before going there, I had contacted the owner 
to find out if I needed to book and appointment.
The answer was "No, we have three chairs 
and the wait is therefore not too long"...
BTW, they also have a Price list that offers treatments for women. 

It has been a while since my hair has seen a pair of scissors.
Sunny, who is from India (he has only been in South Africa for a year),
has been cutting hair for the past 14 years.
So I figured that I was, literally, in good hands.

He had asked me what sort of "style" I wanted.
"Surprise me" was my reply.
At best I would like the result.
At worst, I could let it grow out...
or I could go home and cut it with the clippers.

But it turned out to be a win.
My wife thinks I now look like I did when she met me 11 years ago!

But a hair cut was not the only treatment on the menu...
First some steam to open pores and dampen the skin.

Time to take a moment to savour the feeling of the shaving cream on my face,
and the steam.
Customers can choose to have the shave "dry", rather than "wet" (with steam).
I recommend the latter.

Time for a shave...with a straight edge razor no less.
And REAL shaving cream!
What an experience.
In all the years I have been shaving,
this was only the second "barber" shave I have had.

Sunny has a deft touch and is an expert in his craft.

And even though I had a new and very sharp blade at my throat,
I was relaxed and was determined to enjoy it.

Shave over, time for a facial.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained...
Full house of treatments.
This was one of the highlights of my approximately 90 minutes in the chair.

Facial done...
Clean up time.

And more steam to clean...

Massage time...

If I did not have to take pictures,
I would have fallen asleep.
Believe it or not I took the majority of these images.
Even with my eyes closed!

And to finish off...
An Indian Head Massage.
Hands first...

Followed by this machine...
Overall the experience left me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
If you have never had any of these treatments before,
try them...
There are two more shops, one in Northcliff
and one in Krugersdorp.

Barber Sunny and owner Jacques Botha.
Jacques gave me some of the story about this shop.
Here is what he had to say:


Before and after...
And the compliments keep rolling in!
I am hooked and I certainly will be treating myself to a bi-weekly shave...
and a facial an haircut once a month.
Highly recommended 
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