MakingBook
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May 14th, 2013 at 6:34:48 PM permalink
I am on a Southwest flight from Las Vegas to Ohio with some time to kill. I always spend the $6 bucks (now $8) for the WiFi to make the four-hour flight somewhat bearable. Iíll use the free time and my crappy writing skills to post a review.

Each trip to Las Vegas I try something different. This time I had a straight razor shave at the El Cortez. Hereís how it went down.

I showed up Saturday morning (no appointment) and waited about ten minutes for Ernesto to finish a haircut. Then it was my turn in the chair. Ernesto starts off with clippers doing some trim work around my face, cleaned up my ears, and straightened my side burns.

Next, the chair is reclined almost flat. A hot towel is wrapped around my face. After a minute or so, the towel is removed and warm lather is applied. Another hot towel is wrapped on top of the lather. Another minute then the towel is removed. Warm lather is reapplied and Ernesto starts the shave. He moves the blade around your face very slowly, taking his time, allowing one to fully enjoy the shave.

When he finished, I figured it was done. Nope. Another round of warm lather, and hot towel wrap. Then more lather, and a second shave. After the second and final shave, itís another hot towel wrap. The towel is removed and Ernesto performs a final inspection. After-shave is applied to top it all off.

The entire process took a full twenty minutes and it was very relaxing. I lay back the entire time with my eyes closed. Ernesto would position my head as needed. I wasnít required to do anything. Just relax. He quietly went about his job. From start to finish, not a single word was spoken. Afterwards, with nobody else waiting, I stuck around and talked to Ernesto for a few minutes before leaving.

This was my first straight razor shave. While it wasnít the closest shave I ever had, it was pretty good- no nicks, no razor burn, just smooth skin. I havenít shaved since; now 3+ days later. I should have went back before departing this afternoon.

The Barber Shop is located on the 2nd floor directly above the casino. Take the stairs by the craps tables. If you ever stayed in one of the Vintage rooms youíll know where to find it. Otherwise, just follow the signs.

How much? Only $15 bucks, plus a $5 tip. Canít beat it with a stick.

No doubt this will become a permanent part of my Las Vegas routine. I highly recommend it.
"I am a man devoured by the passion for gambling." --Dostoevsky, 1871
timberjim
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May 14th, 2013 at 7:06:49 PM permalink
This is something I treat myself to every so often. It is very relaxing and I look freshly shaven for several days. I highly recommend it.
kewlj
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May 14th, 2013 at 7:43:37 PM permalink
Enjoyable read, MakingBook, although I have to admit that I initially figured it was a story of scampering out the door a step and a half in front of 'old Mo' or one of the other EC pit boys. lol
MakingBook
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May 14th, 2013 at 7:45:59 PM permalink
Quote: kewlj

Enjoyable read, MakingBook, although I have to admit that I initially figured it was a story of scampering out the door a step and a half in front of 'old Mo' or one of the other EC pit boys. lol



I was talking with Young this morning and she said 'old Mo' retired in March.
"I am a man devoured by the passion for gambling." --Dostoevsky, 1871
kewlj
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May 14th, 2013 at 7:57:26 PM permalink
Quote: MakingBook

I was talking with Young this morning and she said 'old Mo' retired in March.



No way! :( I am on east coast for a few weeks and didn't realize I hadn't seen him before I left. "Old Mo' was great. Was my favorite. He backed me off in the mens room earlier this year. lol He backed me off on 2 consecutive days last fall and then when I walked in and sat down on the third day, he just gave a frustrated 'shrug' and walked away. lol I scolded him about bad manners after the bathroom backoff and he actually seemed kind of embarrassed. I feel bad that was my last encounter with him. Happy retirement Mo. :)
sodawater
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May 14th, 2013 at 9:27:42 PM permalink
A straight razor shave costs $40 plus tip at the Borgata. The Cortez shave sounds like a great deal. Just hope they use one time use blades because its very hard to sterilize traditional straight razor blades from hepatitis


Makingbook, did he use a cold towel at the end? That's my favorite part. Super refreshing
EvenBob
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May 15th, 2013 at 12:26:14 PM permalink
This is how many city businessmen got shaved every day
100 years ago. What was once common is now a luxury.
There were a lot more barber shops then because they
did just as many shaves as haircuts.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
Hunterhill
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May 15th, 2013 at 2:15:27 PM permalink
I had a shave and a haircut and it cost $1.25....It was in Laos. With tip $2.00
The mountain is tall but grass grows on top of the mountain.
EvenBob
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May 15th, 2013 at 2:21:07 PM permalink
Quote: Hunterhill

I had a shave and a haircut and it cost $1.25....It was in Laos. With tip $2.00



Shave and a Haircut- 2 Bits. That was the price, a quarter,
from after the Civil War to about 1900, when inflation started
to kick in.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
Hunterhill
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May 15th, 2013 at 2:25:01 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Shave and a Haircut- 2 Bits. That was the price, a quarter,
from after the Civil War to about 1900, when inflation started
to kick in.

So what exactly was a bit.I`ve always heard 2 bits,was it a specific coin or what?
The mountain is tall but grass grows on top of the mountain.

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