All around you in India, you can witness men’s grooming. Though ubiquitous, one hardly notices as so much takes place on the street. Often, these little set-ups are nothing more than a barber and his minimal equipment on a plastic drop cloth. In the photograph above, this barber doesn’t even have a chair.
Men take their grooming very seriously in India and men’s hair “saloons” are a common sight. Men enjoy the relaxing ministrations of a facial with a peel off masque. The rise of men’s shaving stalls and salons may have to do with many homes not having a reliable source of water, especially hot and even a mirror. It’s often easier and more practical to get a street shave.
Usually a shave accompanies a facial massage. The customer above is definitely under the spell of the barber.
On my tours to India, I usually bring my clients to a beauty salon for a uniquely Indian experience. Some warm to the experience immediately and others are hesitant but not for long! There’s nothing like the touch of India to stimulate the senses.