Close shave in Kuala Kubu Bharu

Before last Friday, I had never walked into a barber shop.

The Diamond Hair Dressing Saloon was set up by the father of the present owner, Mr R. Anbalagan. Anbalagan himself has been cutting hair for thirty-eight years in Kuala Kubu Bharu. When I asked whether he had any plans to renovate or refurbish his shop, he said he had none. “As far as possible, I want to keep this place like my father left it. Even if I wanted to renovate the shop, I wouldn’t- people seem to like it because it’s old,” he said.

Friday was also when two of my friends decided on the spur of the moment to have a haircut and shave. This is what happened.

 

Ashraf looking chilled out as Anbalagan's assistant starts to snip

Ashraf looking chilled out as Anbalagan’s assistant starts to snip

 

(I hope he knows how to make me look like Hugh Jackman)

 

 

 

In the meantime, Anbalagan was attending to another customer.

In the meantime, Anbalagan was attending to another customer.

 

An old radio on display in the barber shop.

An old radio on display. Music was coming from the smaller one above.

 

The all-important face massage

After the haircut comes the face massage

 

 

(Deadlines? What deadlines?)

 

 

(Can I not go home today? Can this massage go on and on forever?)

 

Utter bliss

Utter bliss

 

Some of the photos in the shop

Old photos in the shop

 

 

A room leading to the back door

The back room

 

And then it was Nigel's turn. He only wanted a shave

And then it was Nigel’s turn. He only wanted a shave, so no massage for him

 

 

The serious-looking but pleasant R. Anbalagan

The serious-looking but pleasant R. Anbalagan

 

*This is my fifth post for #TSBreakAway, a project by Tourism Selangor. This post is also intended for the Canon Photo Storytelling Challenge.

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Hafiz Azmi says:

    Nice writing sis. I am still learning. New to blog world 🙂

    Good luck on the award!

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