An Indian Shave

Pavement Shave

Pavement Shave

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.

Shaving Day Shaving Day

Shaving Day

The Masque

The Masque

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.

The Shave

The 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.



About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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