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As a person who fails to suffer an excess of hair (see Curly the boring saga of a man whose hair revolts on him), I fail to see why I have to spend the equivalent of a second mortgage just to have a hairdresser play with my forehead for twenty minutes and massage the back of my neck. Let’s face it, I really don’t have enough left to get it styled. So it was with great anticipation that I picked up courage and ventured into the Japanese franchise that promises a ten minute cut for 1000 yen (around $10). I wasn’t disappointed. The QB House (short for Quick Beauty or Quick Barber) was true to its name.

Carefully reading the sign displayed in the window, I approached the vending machine and fed it in a crisp 1000 yen. The machine replied by giving me a coupon to have a hair cut. Four other customers were before me and sat in order of arrival on a slim bench. When it came time for a clients haircut, he stood up, but his umbrella, coat and briefcase in the mirrored closet and sat down in the barber’s chair. All the others in line moved up a seat as in a Japanese version of musical chairs.

Before each haircut, the barber meticulously cleaned the area, the shelves that hold the cutting apparatus and swept the excess hair on the floor towards a hole in the wall that turned out to be a high pressure vacuum cleaner. Presto, the floor is spotless. when my time came I was asked how I would like my hair and using the magic words Beri Shotto (very short in Japanese), we were off. Ten minutes later, after a very professional cut, the barber took out another vacuum cleaner and proceeded to suck up all the excess hair from my head and I was done. With a final arigato gozaimas I was back out on the street, the barber had already cleaned up and started on the next head. Now that is what I call progress!

 

 

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