Makeovers on Tuesdays


There’s another thing about Bangalore that’s changing with an increasing IT and BPO presence. “Barber Shops” are beginning to up their shutters on Tuesdays. For years, in Bangalore, Tuesday was your barber’s day out – his chutti ka din.

Now with day-for-night work schedules and extended hours, Tuesday seems ideal for a haircut. You don’t have a big crowd, and the barber is relatively relaxed. Might even throw in an extra head massage as a bonus.

The practice of closing shop on the second day of the week could be linked to “traditional curbs” for Tuesdays, in old Bangalore.

3 Comments so far

  1. T T (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    back in kerala also, we have tuesdays as holidays for barber shops. guess that has roots in some very old community/relegious rules.

  2. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

    thank you.I have long wanted to do a post on the Mughals (Babar!) but lacked the courage to enter a “Haircutting Saloon”….

  3. Pisipati Sriram (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    It is convenience that matters for the hip-hop generation. Day-for-night work shedules and extended work hours for those in software units are not leaving them with enough time (five-day week apart) for many to trim their tresses. The demand is there and hairstylists are responding – one complementing the other.

    The orthodox may sneer at their progeny’s newage hairstyles and timings to spruce it. No way. There were times people used to be reluctant to even cut their nails on specified days, let alone hair-cutting. For the upwardly mobile pub-going and salsa dance liking generation, what is important is how presentable you look in the like-minded company of the eves than the day and timing for hairstyling or image makeover.

    What is important is to have Percis Kambhata-type hairstyle (clean shaven head) or going about with flowing treses like a godzilla, or mushroom kind cut and so on. Good B’lore hairsressers responding well to changing needs of customers.

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