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CG Barbershop review

Words by Rob Chilton

Precise and technical barbering from a top geezer

At CG Barbershop in Media City, Carlos Gamal controls the playlist almost as closely as he controls his scissors. Hailing from Egypt, this stylish barber plays cover versions of pop songs like Wicked Game, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word and Bring Me Sunshine; he wears Armani glasses, and drinks three cafetieres of coffee per day.

Thanks to his English professor at Cairo University, Gamal at times sounds like a character from one of his favourite British gangster movies – Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Rock n Rolla and Layer Cake – peppering his conversation with ‘innit’ and other English idioms.

Haircuts in a stylish space

A genuinely skilled and technical barber, Gamal moved like a boxer, darting backwards and forwards to deliver snips with a precision that Floyd Mayweather would admire. His work done, Gamal stepped aside to allow his colleague Bee to administer a soothing facial using Kiehl’s products. Gamal then returned to finish the hair with texture paste from cool Australian brand Evo, before offering simple tips on how to style our hair at home.

An expert haircut in a relaxed setting with a community spirit, CG Barbershop is, to use a word you might hear in a Guy Ritchie movie: pukka.

Haircut AED 150

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