Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Haircuts Around the World

Berlin City Cut
Recently, I've tried to get a haircut in each country I visit.  My goal is to compare and discern any cultural differences in haircuts.  I've had haircuts in Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Finland, Northern Ireland, England, Germany, France and Italy (um, fewer than I thought).  My most memorable haircut was a razor blade cut in Namur Belgium.  The barber only used a razor blade!  The haircut made such an impression that I still remember it 28 years later.  

In Berlin, I've been going to different barbers trying to find the one that suits my taste.  Last week, I found one at City Cut in Charlottenburg (Wilmersdorfer Str. 43, 10627 Berlin).  I'm not fussy about my barber, but I do look for speed, price and style.  The price for a haircut can cost anywhere from 6 - 20 Euro, depending on the location and the amenities offered.

I got a haircut, last year, in Mitte that cost 15 Euro, but it included a shampoo, coffee drink and scalp massage. The cut was merely okay but not fantastic. The haircut I got at City Cut was nearly perfect. The stylist was quick, the result exactly what I wanted (aiming for a longer look), and the price reasonable (9 Euro).  If visiting Berlin and seeking a haircut, I would avoid tourist areas such as Mitte, Friedrichshain, or Kurfürstendamm Straße (known as K'damm).  In these areas, I find the haircuts to be overpriced with long waits.  Also, I've learned, long ago, that price is seldom a benchmark for quality.

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