I've never really had a good haircut. Absolutely hate going to the barber, especially overseas. You never know what to expect the first time visiting a barber.
In Turkey, got a haircut that looked awful...some sort of high and tight bullshit with a thick puff of hair on top. That wasn't the worst of it, it was the haircut itself. After the haircut, this gay looking turkish dude starts rubbing my shoulders...i look in the mirror and see that this guy's totally into it, not in a massage-professional way, but more of a "I'm gay" kind of way.
So, I find a different barbershop in Turkey. I see others getting massaged, so I tell him up front that I don't want the post-haircut rubdown. This guy gives a decent enough haircut. After the cut, he quickly tilted my head back...didn't know what was going to happen, but I didn't have time to react before he shoved some scissors up my nose and started trimming nose hairs.
In Korea, the post haircut massages are quite a production. They even call over a second female-barber (is it a barbress?) to help with the massage. They start with a little innocent shoulder rub, then quickly push you forward to give them room to work on the back, with a routine I call "slappy slappy"...they beat the shit out of your back. Then, each barbress grabs an arm, counts "Han, Dual, Set" and each yanks your arm from the socket.
I was nervous to get my first haircut here, not knowing what to expect. As Shurjesh the barber asked me how I wanted my haircut, he started out with a rub on the shoulder...not a good sign. He then gives me the shitty haircut as depicted below, then follows up with the massage. This was a strange massage, as he was hitting on my head with a closed fist. After a minute or so of punching my head, he moved on to the shoulder rub...the most uncomfortable part of the haircut.
I think next time, I'm going to go ahead and shave my head....that will help minimize trips to the barber shop.