Now in Malaysia, it is not all that difficult to find an authentic Indian barber shop but certainly not in Singapore (except maybe in Little India), and the same barber who did Harry’s hair 45 years ago.
Pic 1: Indian barber shop in Lebuh Queen, Pulau Penang, Malaysia
What is so special about that “East Coast Road Indian barber”? These photos tell the story…………
Pic 2: New Star Hair Dressing Saloon at the corner of Upper East Coast Road and Woo Man Chu Road. Top Photo (circa 1963). Bottom Photo (circa 2007). On the left is the famous Malay frame-maker from a Malay kampong in Jalan Hajijah
Pic 3: From L-R; Reading the “Straits Times”, Hair tonic on my head, Hot towel, and finally that Neck & Shoulder Massage
How much did this hair-cut cost Harry? Only S$8. I asked whether this was a special price for senior citizens or foreigners “Karthigesu Murusamy Poniahchetty” the Indian barber replied that the price was valid for any Singaporean; so long can walk and can talk. Finally his solution for those grey hairs and receding hair-lines (see Pic 4)
Pic 4:”Magic” Hair lotion and hair oil