The cheapest haircut in town

2014-11-24 14:08

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Fancy a R2.50 haircut? Then head for the Aidelojie Professional Barbershop at 271 Bree Street in downtown Joburg. With more than 20 barbers on stand-by, it is the cheapest, quickest and most efficient barbershop in town.

Once in a while, when I fancy a haircut, I go downtown or to Soweto to have my hair shaved at a corner barber. This costs me between R10 and R15.

But because I am not a snob when it comes to my hair, my friends and I dedicate Sunday to cutting one another’s hair. On Sunday, I skipped a group haircut in anticipation of a Pan-African one.

A colleague introduced Aidelojie to me because “it’s cheap and the working hours are suitable”. The shop only closes at 8pm and opens early enough for those heading to work at 6am.

As soon as I enter the shop, I am greeted by more than six guys vying for my R5 worth of business. I pick the guy with the friendliest smile and he shows me to his workspace, quickly drapes me in an orange cape and sterilises his machine with methylated spirits and a cigarette lighter. He starts shaving my head without hurting me.

My barber, Hamza, is from Malawi and tells me that on a good day he shaves up to 40 people and makes up to R200 a day. It is not a lot, but “it is much better than nothing and the rent is not expensive”.

Hamza and his colleagues compete for the same customers and as soon as you’re done, he is back at the door hustling.

Although Hamza has to contend with long working hours, he says the job affords him an opportunity to interact with different people and it puts food on the table.

Ten minutes later, my head is cleanly shaven and a dash of methylated spirits is rubbed into my scalp. Although it stings, I do not show my discomfort, and it stops in less than a minute anyway.

Hamza throws in a free beard shave and does it all under 10 minutes.

I pay him for his services and head for the door, looking and feeling like a million bucks.

If you want a cheaper haircut, I am told the prices are crazier on Saturdays and the competition is far stiffer.

A clean shave on these days is R2.50, while styled haircuts cost only R15.

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