(By Catherine Mcgloin/Skyscanner) To celebrate Movember, check out these international close shaves, from Brighton to Kathmandu.
Growing your mo for Movember? Or do you appreciate a well-groomed hipster ‘tache all year round?
Regardless, it has become something of a tradition that every November, guys across the world attempt to cultivate some impressive facial hair to raise money for men’s health charity, the Movember Foundation. Barbers go about their business in the most unusual places; from street corners in India to living rooms in Croatia. Celebrate Movember and take a look at this gallery of barber shops from around the world:
1. Rajasthan, India
This customer gets a traditional straight-razor shave in Rajasthan, India’s largest state. Also known as the ‘Land of Kings’, it’s unsurprising that there are so many opulent temples and lavish palaces to visit here.
2. Trinidad, Cuba
Somewhere down one of the cobbled streets of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, lies this homely barber shop. Get all spruced up, then head out for the night to the town square, where there is live music and plenty of salsa dancing.
3. Colorado, USA
Meet Lloyd, the barber who’s been cutting hair and trimmng beards at this shop in the small town of Lyons, Colorado for over 50 years. He recently retired, and the shop has been relocated to a different part of town under the management of his daughter Benita. It’s still the place, however, to experience a slice of authentic Americana.
4. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Two monks crouch beside a temple shaving as part of their daily routine at a Buddhist monastery. You’ll see lots of these golden robed monks wandering through town (or whizzing past on scooters) as Siem Reap is also the main departing point for many visitors heading out to see the ancient ruins at Angkor Wat.
5. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Explore the crumbling towers and grand palaces that line the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik’s old town, and you may just find this old school barber shop. Climb the city walls for spectacular views, but this hike is probably best avoided during the midday heat.
6. Delhi, India
Fancy some al fresco shaving? In Delhi, India’s capital, you’ll see many street barbers like this one. Apart from public pampering, the streets of Delhi are also the place for chaat, a north Indian snack of deep-fried pastry stuffed with spiced potatoes and topped with all kinds of delicious chutneys.
7. Brighton, England
Home to the iconic Brighton mods, there are plenty of stylish barbers like this one in Britain’s famous seaside resort. Walk the pier, eat fish and chips and see some underwater wildlife at the Sea Life Centre for the perfect family fun day out.
8. Shanghai, China
He may not have much hair of his own anymore, but this Chinese barber proves he’s still got what it takes to keep the younger generation looking dapper. Shanghai is the most populous area in China, with over 23 million residents living here. That’s plenty of haircuts to keep this guy in business for a few more years at least!
9. New York, USA
Back in 2011, protesters took to Zuccotti Park in New York City as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here, one of the protesters is receiving a free haircut in the heart of New York’s finanacial district. While we can’t guarantee you’ll find much for free in the Big Apple, there are certianly plenty of places to work on your style, from high-end boutiques on Madison Avenue to vintage chic in East Village.
10. Kathmandu, Nepal
In this densely populated city, it’s not uncommon to see someone getting a hair cut on the curb. Kathmandu, once believed to be the Shangri-La of legend, is where you’ll find the Boudha Stupa, the most sacred site in Tibetan Buddhism. Jump in a tuk tuk and take a tour through this vibrant and multi-cultural city.