Where to get your haircut in Kampala

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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.

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