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Grooming in the city

They say a man’s second best friend is his barber it’s just finding the right one which takes time. So, to make things easier for you we trekked the traffic snarled streets of Delhi and gave five salons a test drive.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 24, 2011 02:04 IST
Aaron Rohan George

They say a man’s second best friend is his barber it’s just finding the right one which takes time. So, to make things easier for you we trekked the traffic snarled streets of Delhi and gave five salons a test drive. And we’re sure once you go through this guide finding that one place where you get a good haircut every single time, and don’t have to be embarrassed about asking for a mani-pedi will be a whole lot easier. So, go ahead, get ready to be groomed!

Where: 10-on10, Lajpat Nagar Part-II (011-46581664)

What Works: Headed by the Eesha Rishi who learned the art of hair styling (cutting is taboo word here) with the French legend Vidal Sassoon one of the best things about this place is you’re almost always assured a good hair cut. Call in before hand and ask for Eesha, she’s great at consultations and will listen to what you want too. The gamut of hair services offered here are really something, especially colouring (generally tricky to get right). Plus, you can get a basic manicure/pedicure or opt for a SPA one to really get pampered.

What Doesn’t: Hair is the biggest forte. Plus, you can’t get a shave here and without a shave a trip to a salon is just not complete for men! Also, for Eesha (though her teams great) you do need to book in advance

Prices (sans taxes): Haircut R600, Manicure: R400, Pedicure R450

Service Meter: 3.5/5. Good service with well trained staff who listen.

Where: Hair and Shanti, South Ex, Part I (011-41640436)

What Works: Perhaps one of the most well known salons in town the best thing is you don’t really need to book in advance. Walk in and you won’t have to wait for more than 10 minutes at the most. Also, the sections for men and women are clearly demarcated so no worries about feeling embarrassed about asking for a facial or mani. And when it comes to prices, their rates are quite just and pocket friendly.

What Doesn’t: Finding parking in this area is like going to war. Also, Shanti (the same as the one mentioned in the name) is a great stylist, but again it’s hard to get her to do your hair and she also can turn a deaf ear to what you say or want.

Prices (sans taxes): Haircut R300, Shave: R150, Manicure: R350, Pedicure R400

Service Meter: 3/5. Satisfactory service, but the staff takes time in listening to what you want done

Where: Geetanjali Man, Green Park Market (011-26515485)

What Works: Yes, an entire salon just for men, so no worries about giggls when you ask for a facial at the counter. Also, booking an appointment isn’t a must as they have a small army of staff. Also, besides the basics you can get a whole set of specialised services like colouring, straightening etc. The best thing though here is the price for the haircut, which is very basic and you get a pretty good cut in whatever style you’d want under this rate. The team they use are what one would call the classic barbers. No fuss, no drama, pocket friendly service is always assured.

What Doesn’t: The manicure and pedicure, though prices quite well, could be longer. Just when you start to relax, it’s all over. And booking Sumit (the man behind the brand0 to cut your hair is a whole different task!

Prices (sans taxes): Haircut R200, Shave: R150, Manicure: R250, Pedicure R250

Service Meter: 3.5/5. Good service for the rates they have. The mani-pedi service needs to be improved

Where: Affinity , Khan Market (011-43091918)

What Works: There’s an affinity Salon in every corner of the city but we recommend the Khan market. The staff is quite friendly and polite and their hair stylists listen to what you want and give you exactly that. Plus, post the hair cut you get a free head massage, sans oil, which is quite good. The manicure and pedicure is also worth the money as the staff does it quite robustly and doesn’t just gently brush your feet and hands. They hair stylists are also quite good with styling tips which you can easily follow when at home.

What Doesn’t: Because its Khan market they keep busy. So, you almost always need to call before to check availability. Also, it gets a bit too noisy because of the constant crowd.

Prices (sans taxes): Haircut R400, Shave: R200, Manicure: R350, Pedicure R400

Service Meter: 4/5. Very good service for the prices they charge.

Where: Oxford Cut, Priya Cinema Market, Vasant Vihar (011-43232114)

What Works: The salon looks the part with its very comforting interior, reminiscent of an old school barber shop, and so are the services. It’s a good stop for a basic hair cut and shave. Go in, get it done and get out.

What Doesn’t: The styling done by the staff can do with some improvement. The basic cuts they give can look a bit dated.

Prices (sans taxes): Haircut R250, Shave: R180, Manicure: R350, Pedicure R350

Service Meter: 2.5/5. Decent service as long as you don’t expect something very exceptional, be in terms of styling or other services.