There is a place called nirvana in Nepal, it’s located in the barber’s chair. If you are lucky enough to get a shave and a haircut in Nepal, you are in for a true local experience.
A haircut in Nepal is not like one in the United States. Your hair is expertly combed and cut to your exacting standards and then a straight razor is applied to those nasty overgrown bits on the back of your head. With delicate precision these men groom your follicles into submission.
If you opt for a shave then nirvana is extended another 10 minutes as they first massage your face, moisturize it and prepare it for the shaving cream. Once the clouds of foam are applied, they bore into the skin to provide a supple canvas for the shave. After a minute, the shave is ready to begin. A straight razor is administered to the areas of overgrowth that when completed resemble the rump of a new born. But, your shave is not done, not by any stretch of the imagination. The barber applies another layer of foam for the 2nd shave. He covers the same territory as before for a deeper, cleaner shave. Nepali barber’s are true artists and literally hold your life in their hands as they crisscross your jugular with their miniature tools of death. Once the razor goes away, a myriad of potions and lotions are smeared on the fresh, sparkly visages. Layer after layer of invigorating cream is applied much to the chagrin of the participant as several four-letter words come to mind with each application.
After the shave is completed, the real fun comes in the form of a scalp, neck, back and yes, even an eyebrow massage. This lasts from 2- 5 minutes and any man in the chair will tell you there is nothing like it.
All of this can be your too if you elect for a haircut and shave on your next trip to Nepal and nirvana is very affordable; it only costs $1.20. But make sure you negotiate for this price before you begin!!!
If you opt for the cut and shave, the process takes about 20-30 minutes.
This article is also published on The Nepal Project, an American charity responsible for educating local Nepali leadership in American educational and construction Methods and providing funds to purchase materials used to build schools.