Today I got a haircut in India
Today I got a haircut. But thats not all, I also got a beard trim, shave, massage, and a facial. Yup, I got the works all in one place. In fact I got more than I asked for if you consider that more hair was removed than I actually wanted. In a futile attempt to be vain I also asked to get the grey removed from my beard, but I guess that info got lost in translation because they never tried to do it.
The price for all this manicuring was 770 INR, only because the facial was a whopping 600 INR. The great thing is that 770 INR converts to only $16.09 CDN or $11.41 USD. Not a bad price for an hour and a half of pampering.
When I was in New Zealand I decided I wanted to grow my hair out so when I went in to the shop I asked for just a bit of a trim instead of a cut. The first swipe of the scissors across the back of my hair made me realize that my request for a slight trim also never made it to the guy with the scissors. After that first cut it was really too late to tell him to stop so I resigned myself to getting a proper, short hair cut.
I really didn’t want that much taken off. However I am going to a wedding in two days. So I’m going to be ok with the massive amount of hair removed by telling myself that it will look cleaner and more handsome at the wedding. I can always grow it longer over the next several months. I’ll just avoid the barber for a while.
After the shock of the hair removal I thought that the beard trim would go better. The right side of my beard was quickly chopped off. I realized that this guy was intent on removing most of my hair regardless of what I wanted. I could tell that he was getting ready to lop off about a half inch from the front of the beard so I called a halt and said absolutely do not cut the front off. I have not been growing this beard for the last three months to have it mowed down in a haze of miscommunication. I had to put my food down somewhere. He kind of shrugged and mostly left the front alone, merely trimming a few stray hairs.
The straight edge shave went well. Except it was done without any kind of soap and my face was lubricated only with a bit of water. I thought that was a bit odd, but I guess that’s how they do it here. The shave was close and no blood so thats a win. I figured that they would be using cream on my face for the facial and that should take care of any irritation that shaving with no lube would cause.
I was right about the cream. I must have had about 12 different creams, lotions, scrubs, and washes done to my face. Then some white pumice stuff was layered on and I just sat for a bit while I relaxed. Eventually the white pumice stuff was removed and another few cycles of lotions were applied and removed. The facial included a massage with an electric vibrating thingy. I snuck a peek and it kind of looked like an angle grinder or rotating sander. Whatever it was it felt fine, and all my skin was still attached to my face afterwards.
The last part was the massage and it was definitely not what I am used to. He used very short and quick pokey movements when doing my shoulders and back. Not the most comfortable or relaxing. The good part is he popped my fingers. I never do that and I don’t think anyone has ever been able to do it for me. It actually felt really good.
A scalp rub was included with the massage and it was probably more intense than any I have ever had. I was beginning to wonder if any of my hair would remain on my head or if my scalp would be totally bruised afterwards. I still have my hair and my scalp feels fine now. I guess its all good. Yet another electric powered vibrating device was used on my head, shoulders and back. This was a large device strapped to the back of his hand, and did a great job of vibrating me.
When it was all done I felt totally worked over. It’s not what I expected it to be, but in the end it was actually a pretty good experience. I’m not upset by the extra hair removed. After all it will grow back. However next time I will definitely make sure my request is understood before I sit in the chair.
Tell me about any time you received a unique service that was not quite what you expected.