Roadside barbers losing out to beauty salons:
Once the lifelines of 'babus' hurrying to work with a day's stubble on their faces, roadside barbers in India are gradually becoming a rarity. They are losing out to beauty parlours and the hip generation of male company executives and students who prefer to shave themselves and get their hair styled in parlours. The roadside barbershops are popularly known as 'Italian salons' - some say the name is derived from the Hindi word 'int', or brick, as these makeshift shops often barely have a chair and a mirror next to a brick wall or under a tree. Over the past decade, they have been finding it difficult to compete with mushrooming beauty parlours. Roadside barbers usually charge 4 for shaving and 6 for haircuts. They earn between 30 and 100 per day
2. Roadside Barbers are very popular in Pakistan. They are considered good for the laborers. It is believed that blades or the strops for cutting and shaving; these barbers use are not hygienically clean thus not safe. As these instruments are the careers for germs of several transmitting diseases and using same blade for everyone can be detrimental in spreading disease. However on other hand these barbers are playing their role in economy by shaving and cutting hair of poor who can not afford famous hair dressers 3. Roadside barbers losing out to beauty salons
Saturday, March 29, 2008 4:23:12 AM by admin
By Nityanand Shukla
Patna/Ranchi, March 29 (IANS) Once the lifelines of ‘babus’ hurrying to work with a day’s stubble on their faces, roadside barbers in Bihar and Jharkhand are gradually becoming a rarity. They are losing out to beauty parlours and the hip generation of male company executives and students who prefer to shave themselves and get their hair styled in parlours. Nanku Nai, a roadside barber here, has no one to carry on the family tradition. “My son works as a labourer. Despite my repeated insistence, he did not join my profession. I earn Rs.30 to Rs.60 per day and he earns Rs.90 per day working as a labourer,” Nai told IANS. “The cultural revolution has changed everything. Those who get their hair cut from roadside barbers are looked down upon. Now people prefer to go to beauty parlours instead.” Almost all the street-side barbers have disappeared from the three national highways connecting Ranchi to Patna, Jamshedpur and Khunti. Many of them are either setting up their own beauty and styling boutiques or moving out of the profession. Ranchi has more than 200 beauty parlours, up from 50 just 10 years ago. The roadside barbershops are popularly known as ‘Italian salons’ - some say the name is derived from the Hindi word ‘int’, or brick, as these makeshift shops often barely have a chair and a mirror next to a brick wall or under a tree. Over the past decade, they have been finding it difficult to compete with mushrooming beauty parlours. Roadside barbers usually charge Rs.4 for shaving and Rs.6 for haircuts. They earn between Rs.30 and Rs.100 per day. According to an estimate, Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, still has more than 700 Italian salons, down by almost half the tally five years ago. Suraj Nath Thakur, a 32-year-old barber, has set up a new haircutting salon at Kathhal More on the Ranchi-Khunti national highway en route to the Bihar capital Patna. Suraj is a resident of Mayagaon in Ranchi. His father and grandfather were barbers in the village. They did not have their own salon. The meagre earning from his makeshift roadside shop was not enough to run the family. Suraj decided to open a salon away from his village. “I set up my own salon 15 years ago on government land,” Suraj said. Asked why he left his village, Suraj told IANS, “I did not want to lead a life like my father and grandfather. I am the first person in my family to set up a salon.” Suraj makes around Rs.3,000 to Rs.3,500 every month. Indra Thakur, 55, however, still plies his trade near the busy...