Trip to Cuba: $3 Haircut

When we travel Charlie and I like to do things like the locals. In Paris we both got haircuts.

Our casa particulare was a few steps from John Lennon Park. Charlie’s hair was not as long as John’s but longer than most Cuban men.

In Havana Charlie got another haircut.

Our taxi driver Valentine was happy to model a standard Cuban cut.

He was talking to our host in the Vedado section of Havana and discovered this mostly bald man got his hair cut for 45 cents directly across the street from our lodgings.

Our neighborhood in Havana.

We walked across the street to the “salon” and it was closed. A few hours later the young lady was shaving a man’s head totally bald.  Unfortunately she said she was all booked up but looked again at her schedule and told Charlie to come back at 5 p.m.

The shop is very basic.

Charlie asked how much the cut would cost.  When the barber said 5 CUC (equal to $5) he was taken aback since our host had estimated $1 to $1.50.  Charlie negotiated the price down to 3 CUC and sat in the barber chair.

In the beginning Charlie was a little worried about the clipper sending his locks to the floor.

She started with the clipper and lots of hair fell to the floor.  Charlie was a bit worried because he usually gets a scissor cut.

The barber was adept with a straight razor.

She cut the back and sides with a clipper, scissor-cut the top, and finished the back of his neck with a straight razor with a brand new blade.

Not sure how we got sidetracked from the haircut.

The fun part was that this lovely barber told us what to beware of in Havana, where her favorite restaurants were, and the story of her entire family.

A Cuban cut.

When the cut was finished Charlie looked a little more Cuban and ultimately paid 3 CUC plus a 2 CUC tip.

When you travel do you go native?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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