Most men in Penang still get their hair cut at barbers, particularly Indian barbers. Even as stylish hair dressing salons open in major shopping malls, Indian barbers continue their trade, offering hair cuts at just a fraction of the price of the more upscale establishments. Indian barbers appear to monopolise the trade, and the majority of barber shops in Penang are run by Indian male barbers. Many of these barbers have been operating for many decades, passing their trade from one generation to another, or from mentors to apprentices. On this page I am listing down the Indian barbers that I have come across.
Indian barbers can be found all over Penang. By default they do not operate with a shop name, though they may have an unsignaged registration name. The majority don't have a phone either - do you expect your barber to take a call half way through a cut? As they depend mainly on walk-in customers, many do not even give a name to their shops; they simply post a signage saying "Kedai Gunting Rambut" meaning "barber shop". It is worth noting that barbers often spell the word "salon" as "saloon". This has become so common that "saloon" is now an accepted word for "salon".
New Light Hair Dressing Salon, George Town, Penang (30 June, 2012)
In Sungai Dua, Brothers Hair Salon is another major Indian barber. It often has a huge battalion of barbers waiting outside the front door for customers.
Brothers Hair Salon (30 June 2012)
Brothers Hair Cut, Sungai Dua (23 September, 2012)
At Krystal Square, along Jalan Bukit Gambir, is a newly opened Indian barber, presently without a signboard. So I'll just call it the Krystal Square Indian Barber . It is manned by two or three barbers.
Krystal Square Indian Barber (6 September 2012)
There's also an Indian barber in Jelutong. The shop is in the same row as Maybank and Ambank, next to Kean Aun Hoe Medical Hall. Above it is Akademi Ilmu Tuition Centre. I'll call it the Jelutong Indian Barber .
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