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When I first traveled to India in February of 2018, my mind was blown by all of the amazing experiences I had there, including visiting important historical and cultural sites, trying the incredible street food, and even my day-to-day interactions with the people there. I knew when I went back ten months later in November that I wanted to have more magical experiences like that, and this time I got to share them with my travel buddy Sam from Samuel & Audrey!
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In the middle of our traditional Bengali breakfast food tour in Decker Lane during our third day in Kolkata, our new friend Anirban took us to a local shop where we could get haircuts, shaves, and massages. Come along with us as we get pampered in Decker Lane, Kolkata!
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While we were on our breakfast food tour, we spotted a hole-in-the-wall barber shop called N.S. Barbar Shop. My hair and beard had gotten much longer than I like during my trip, so I took the opportunity to get a haircut, shave, and head massage. I couldn’t wait!
While a haircut here costs 40 rupees, Sam and I offered the barber 500 rupees (roughly $11 U.S.) so he could close down the shop for 30 minutes so we could both get the full experience and film it all. I decided to go with my personal favorite, a skin fade. It was so relaxing to sit in the chair with the fans on after getting up at six in the morning!
As I got my cut, Anirban explained that the reason why Indian barbers are so good at what they do is because they are extremely experienced and skilled and know how to make you look good. I was very impressed with my barber’s blending skills, from shaven at the bottom to gradually more hair as you go up. It’s so hard to get that right, but he did a fantastic job!
My barber also gave me a face massage before he started the actual shaving process. It was really nice and calming, even though he sprayed me in the face with water a few times with no warning. He used a special brush to apply the shaving cream to my beard and used a new razor to cut it. His technique was nice and smooth, but unfortunately, I had a few pimples under my beard that he went over, so I bled a little, but he took care of that right away.
We left my mustache and the barber moved on to blending my sideburns, and then it was on to the head massage. It may not look relaxing, but it was heaven! It was so incredible that I almost fell asleep as he massaged my scalp, temple, and eyebrows. Without question, the best face massage I’ve ever gotten.
Then, he moved on to my upper back and shoulders, which had been carrying the weight of my camera equipment for weeks. I felt like a million bucks afterward!
Then it was Sam’s turn to get a cut. You can see his full experience coming up soon on his channel with his wife, Audrey!
The guy was so skilled that we gave him another 500 rupees! I want to go back to India for all of my haircuts now!
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