“You look like Johnny Depp!”. The guys at my local barber shop in Tampines, Singapore, sure know how to make a customer feel good! Landing in Singapore 5 days ago, I was in desperate need for shorter and less sweaty length of hair on my head and ran down to my local Malay barbers. I guess the haircut was priority one, but really I was secretly hoping for more of the – wildly untrue – but awesome compliments.
“I have never cut blond hair before” my barber excitedly told me the first time I went to Sri Aduka Men Hairdressing Salon back in february. They do not see a lot of blonde tall Scandinavians in this neighbourhood. Actually I have been known to cause traffic accidents. At Sri Aduka I cause people to gather around outside trying to peek in without me noticing. It is all part of the fun Sri Aduka experience. And then there is the haircut itself. The 7 or so Malay guys working here are true hair artists, creating intricate work using scissors, razors, clippers – and compliments! Every hair is studied, compared to the picture I am holding up on my iphone, and cut to perfection. I have had 4-5 haircuts here and it is some of the best haircuts ever. The price? A grand total of $10 Singapore dollars (7 USD). And best of all – they still call me Johnny Depp.