Anyone know of a place that is good for cutting Western hair in BA, Argentina?
Ideally they would speak English to avoid the obvious communication problem i.e. un pocito meaning just cut off a bit, rather than cut all off, so iv only got a bit left etc.
Any ideas anyone?
Hi Marty, For english speaking barber ( or should I say hairstylist?!) there are two on Avenida Corrientes near to the Calle Florida and the Galleria Pacifico shopping centre. Though not as expensive as home (the UK) I found them dear for Bs As.
If you want the old fashioned type of barber - bit pokey and only two chairs then you can't do better than Omar's on calle Rodriguez Pena number 125. Walking from Rivadavia at the Plaza de Congreso end its a small shop on the right.
Omar speaks no English but I've been there for the last three years. I just say "no corto" and make small snips with my fingers like scissors. He snips checking all the time until you are happy. I find this method very relaxing. Cost - with tip £2!!!!!
I know it's awful getting a haircut abroad but I think most south americans will be macho that they don't want the number 2 style cut prevalent in UK for the chavs(?!)
I was in BA and needed a cut. Wanted the arg. mullet look and went to recoleta and found a cool looking barber. Went in there and once the guy started cutting I found out that they were total amatures and that I was probably their first customer. The guy just was cutting at random not useing a comb or nothing and they washed my hair afterwards....
The next day I went to this old italian guy in San Telmo. 2 blocks from plaza dorengo towards the centre. The guys been cutting hair for 20 years and learned to trade from his dad. after he cut it was smooth like never before. Quite a caracter aswell, could not stop going on about dishing recoleta after I told him the story.
Got another cut in peru. Best thing to do is check where the locals are at and dont go into a barber that is empty and has no customers.