Taking from my friend Nick, who rates tiffins and teas on his blog, I figured I'd rate the quality of the barbers here in Goa. I usually get a shave close to my house in Panckula, but now that i've ventured away from that place, I've had to place my trust in a complete random. That might be hard for someone, but I'm inclined to believe that having someone else shaving you with a straight-edge is safer than me shaving myself. Anyways, here's the report.
Location: Palolem Beach Goa
Number of Nicks: 0
On a hot day, there's nothing worse than sweating under a towel while some guy drags a razor across your face, so I have to give the guy props for putting a fan above the chair. The lather was decent, although he didn't create enough foam with the horsehair brush. This can be done by dipping it in water throughout the lathering process. Not that this was a big problem, though. After about 2 minutes with the lather on my face, I noticed it had some RUB A535 properties, i.e. it started to tingle. A new experience for me, and not necessarily an unpleasant one.
If I were rating the guy's razor technique, probably would've given him a 2 or 3. He probably had years of experience, but he seemed a little anxious. Maybe I needed to remind him that this was not like peeling a papaya....
Second go-around with the lather and razor was about as uneventful as the nightlife in Chandigarh. It is necessary, however, for that close shave.
What really won the guy bonus points was the "after shave" facial I received. First, I had peppermint-scented cream applied to my face. Next, a pink napkin pressed up against it with a whole poked in the mouth for breathing. Third, he brought out the aftershave...not sure of the brand, but it smelled nice. Finally, he brought out some yellow cream and applied that. No idea what it was, but every little bit of cream helps, I suppose.
I was asked for a face massage, but declined, thinking that my face had experienced just about enough manipulation for one day. Besides, it still had to deal with sunscreen, the sun, and aloe vera.
All-in-all, a good shave. Came out with my face feeling smoother than a baby's bottom (to quote the familiar saying). If you're ever in Palolem, make a stop by if you've been travelling for a while and need a good shave.