From looking like a character in American History X to doing my best Mountain Man impersonation, I’ve worn a wide range of fades during my world travels.
At times I seemingly wore a helmet of hair, a salad of 70’s proportions.
Other times I went as skinhead bald as a Thai Buddhist monk.
After my friend Kim Willis mentioned a recent cut he got in Phnom Penh, Cambodia I decided to chat about 3 of the cheapest haircuts I got during my world travels.
1: Cut and Rub in Legian Bali
I was the recipient of a Balinese cut and rub a few years back.
Kelli and I lived in a Balinese village in Legian.
About a 40 minute walk from the beach in Seminyak.
I strolled by a stylist’s shop. Peeked inside. Took a seat. Got cut.
During my fade a man in fatigues entered and spat out rapid fire Indonesian.
The lady handed over the
bribe police tax, smiled and the grim-faced polisi exited stage left.
She continued to work over my follicles….until she worked over my clavicles.
A rub fest ensued. Shoulders, sternum, dome, the whole 9 yards (Bali style; this wasn’t Soi Cowboy, folks).
After a 20 minute experience I handed over the grand total of $1.95. Much less than the tribute paid to the local Balinese polisi.
Then I gave her a $2 tip.
2: Shorn in Phnom Penh Cambodia
The Cambodian barber smiled and directed me to the chair.
10 minutes later I was $1.75 and 15 pounds lighter.
Here are the results of the actual haircut.
Shot snapped in Phnom Penh, in 2012.
In certain locales I suffer from haircut anxiety.
I worry the local folks – even though all are skilled artisans – may f*ck up my fade.
After I begin to look like Grizzly Adams it’s time to schlep to the barber shop.
For whatever reason, I felt this absurd anxiety in Cambodia. Until I went to da bah-bah shop (not for sheep, although I was shorn).
The dude did a fine job. So I gave him a 100% tip on the cost of the haircut.
HEY big spender!
3: Scalped in Savusavu Fiji
I recall looking at the list of haircut styles and seeing the word: “Spanish”.
The Fijian Born Indian (FBI to locals) listed a colorful variety of dippy-do’s, from the Q-Shaped Fijian classic to the aforementioned “Spanish”.
I went with “A little off the top and get rid of my freaking wings.”
Or, “Take it down to a 1 fade on the sides and some coif upkeep up top.”
This is me with my Fijian friend Olivia, sporting my Fiji cut.
After the job well done I forked over a grand total of $4 USD.
Where did you get your cheapest haircut?