Havana, Cuba fascinates most travelers; the blue beaches, rich culture, and hot blooded attitude is what one would experience as they sit beachside sipping on a Rum and Coke while listening to a Salsa blasting from a radio stereo tape recorder. Cuban stands alone as a pearl of the Caribbean, aside from the history, beautiful landscapes and architecture a characteristic that was lost and almost forgotten during the time of revolution has resurfaced to mark its claim among the blue seas – grooming, especially men grooming.
Before Fidel, in the times of Batista, men and women would saunter up to storefronts that most likely were lined with several 1950ish Chevorlet’s in front. There would also be a few good looking men dressed in tailored suits, with greased back black hair, and smoking Cohiba cigars standing at the doorway waiting to be attended or for their women to be transformed. Looking good and feeling good went hand in hand. Cubans knew that to look a certain way this was not done naturally but by professionals that would methodically squeeze black-heads, or artfully steam-towel a face after a surgically-performed shave, free from ingrown hairs. This what a groomer was best know for: building confidence by disposing of the things that buried beauty.
Currently, Cuba has opened its doors to the US and travelers are re-discovering the crafty work from these cuban groomers. As Lydia from The Guardian recounts her ventures into Cuba’s lost and found cultural signature – Cuban Spas & Groomers – you will be wanting to go visit the island amidst the emerald seas of the Caribbean.