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Close shave

posted Feb 8, 2010, 7:32 AM by Reinoud Vaandrager   [ updated Feb 8, 2010, 7:43 AM ]
It is still the dry season here in Cameroon, and so far it has not rained a single drop. In the mean time my x-mas winter hairdo kept growing and growing. So it was time for a fresh  breeze and see a barber! Now here in Cameroon they only have one way of cutting your hair: by shaving it. Delighted by the lack of choices it didn't take long for me to reach a decision: off with the hair :)

The barber was quite the professional, taking only 7-10 minutes per customer and charging 200CFA (or 0.30 EUR). When it was my time to sit on the chair (remembering the old financial credo "when you are getting a shave, don't move") I noticed that the parlour was skilfully decorated with mirror on all sides positioned in such a way that no matter where you would look you would be in a recursive tunnel of mirrors and able to observe the act from all angles into infinity.

BEFORE: the barber checking out my soon to be history hairdo

Apparently it didn't happen to often that a "white man" (since that is wat everybody call you here if they dont know your name) visited this particular parlour, so I attracted quite the following of primary school students that were curious to see how the barber would deal with my (for african standards) long and girlish hair.

Turned out it wasn't much different from the previous customers, and in less that 10 minutes I could feel the air flowing over my head again. Bottom line: when in Africa, do as the Africans :)

AFTER: A refreshing new look.