Here in Davao, when I first needed a haircut, off we went to Gaisano Mall and I walked into Rocky’s Barber shop. It is a bright lighted place with six barber’s chairs. I was asked to sit by a nice Filipino barber named Mike.
I explained how I wanted my hair cut and that I preferred scissors rather than electric clippers. He did a perfect job and then came something I did not expect. Here besides a haircut, part of the service is a head and back massage. I was uncomfortable at first, but with his expert hands, I relaxed to the point of enjoying the service. The fee there is 120 pesos (approx $2.53 USD) and the barber gets 30 pesos (approx $0.63). I would give him a 50 peso tip.
Well about every month or two, it is time for another haircut and off to Rocky’s I would go. Each time I would go, I would request Mike. He never forgot my name or how I wanted my hair cut. Also the massage would get longer and cover more area. The first time was temples, head and next, then the whole back. It eventually increased to arms and fingers too.
One day he asked where I lived. When I told him, he mentioned owned a little two seat barbershop just down the road from my house. I also learned he was off from the mall on Thursdays and he worked at his shop. So, I then would wait to a Thursday when I needed my haircut. There, he would do his usual great haircut and then got onto the massage. I would tell others it took 10 minutes to cut my hair and a half hour to give me a massage. In his shop a haircut is only 25 pesos. I would continue to give him 120 to 150 pesos. I felt I would pay the same in the mall, and here in his shop I got a longer and better massage, so why not give him more profit.
One Thursday I went to the shop and the other barber was there. After waiting a while for him to finish with his customer, I was informed Mike was not there. When I finally found Mike in the Mall, he told me he sold the shop. As he was cutting my hair, he told me on his day off; if I needed a haircut he would come to my house. He owns a motorcycle too for his transportation.
Well last Thursday, I was at home working on my content writing and sent him a text that I needed a haircut. About 30 minutes later he arrived with his bag of the tools of his trade. We set up a chair in the living room and away he went with his scissors. He cuts my hair, trims my mustache, and trims the nose hair and ears. Then when he uses the straight razor to clean up he even shaves and shapes my mustache.
Then the massage started and I finally had to let him know he could stop. I watched the clock and he massaged my head, neck, back, arms and hands for almost 45 minutes. After he was finished and we were sitting having a glass of iced tea I asked Mike how much I owed him. The response was “whatever you feel like paying me.” I gave him the usual 150 pesos and he thanked me and off he went. It might be high, but I felt with such a great haircut, a fantastic massage and home service, I felt he deserved it.
If you are in Davao, and need a great barber to come to your home, email me and I will give you his cell number. Just remember, he is available on Thursdays only.