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Where to get your haircut in Kampala

Haircut at Aisha Beauty Parlour in Kampala, June 2011
(Original post: http://ryanrowe.com/2011/06/26/haircut-in-kampala/)

In every place I’ve stayed for more than a few weeks at a time, one of the familiar challenges is finding those local shops that I can rely on as part of my routine – the dry-cleaner, a barbershop, a grocery store, a coffeehouse (with a power outlet, wi-fi, and good coffee/food!). So I thought I’d write up my thoughts and share the contact details for a barbershop in Kampala, Uganda where I had a pleasant experience. If you’re new to Kampala, hopefully you’ll find this post useful.

Aisha Beauty Parlour: This is a Ugandan-Indian owned establishment located in a shopping centre in the well-to-do Kololo area of Kampala, Uganda. The place serves both men and women and no appointment is needed. Drop in any time, have a seat and within a few minutes someone will sit you down for a haircut.  When I visited Kampala in June 2011, Aisha was recommended to me by local friends of mine and I had my hair cut there and was in and out in about 20 minutes. An even, clean cut, fast and affordable – I was happy. I was charged about 20,000 Uganda shillings (~US$7.50). I regularly have my hair cut in Lilongwe, Malawi and pay about the same. A plus: At Aisha, you’ll get a head and shoulder massage after your cut. I don’t get this in Malawi!

How to get there: If you’re the adventurous type, flag down a boda boda (motorcycle taxi). Tell him to take you to Kisementi Shopping Centre (also spelled Kismenti or Kisimenti) on Cooper Road. Aisha Beauty Parlour is tucked into a corner. Make sure you hang on tight and don’t pay more than a couple of dollars for the ride. Here’s a Google Map.

Contact: +256 (0)41 4344366 or +256 (0) 41 4254526, ask for Iqbaal

Nearby: In the same shopping mall, you’ll find the Millennium Supermarket, Endiro Coffee, and Just Kicking, a popular local sports bar. Although I haven’t been there myself, the coffee shop comes with a good rating on Trip Advisor. If you need a stiffer drink after your haircut, grab a seat on the wooden benches at Just Kicking and treat yourself to a Nile Gold in the hot Kampala sun.

If you’re still not sure about getting your hair cut at Aisha, check out this list of beauty salons around the Kampala area.

Do you know how to cut mzungu hair?

I asked timidly, afraid of offending the three ladies standing around the counter.

Earlier in the week, I had asked around where I could get my haircut, and a local suggested to me that cutting mzungu hair was not as straightforward as shaving the head of a black African. “Be careful they don’t screw it up!”, he cautioned. He handed me a flyer and recommended I go to a place across town. I wondered what was so special about the place and asked him. “No reason”, he said, “they left their flyers here.” :)

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