The Big Felafel

The 35 shekel haircut

Update: Turns out that Mr. Zikri owes millions on the grey market and therefore has shut down his beauty salons. Real bummer. The only thing I can recommend now is to wait for a good deal to show up on group deal sites like Groupon or the like.

You may not be able to remember the name of the salon (was it shuki zuki? shuki zukri?), and you might not want a student cutting your hair, but at the end of the day, the satisfaction of having a cheap, 35 shekel haircut is what will make you smile.

Shuki Zikri is a haircutting school in downtown Jerusalem that lets its students try out their skills on those that want a cheap haircut. They can cut, color, blowdry, etc for much less than if a ‘real’ hairdresser did it. But who can be bothered with professionals – at Shuki you don’t have to even make an appointment – you just show up. Once they shampoo and massage your head (my favorite part), they take you to a chair, pull out their handy dandy ghetto haircutting kit, and start sectioning off your hair, about 40 times until you beg them to move on to the cutting part. Maybe that’s what they focused on in their classes that day?! And not to worry, if they mess up and you notice it’s a little uneven, their teacher comes over and fixes everything.

Along my haircutting journey I did notice a trend among the students – they all seem to be young, male, feminine, and.. Arab. So now I know where the sweet, (“oops, I’m so sorry, did i hurt you?”) young, and flamboyant Arabs are hanging out. I’m sure none of this is politically correct but what can I say – it’s just my observation of the experience that is Shuki Zukri Duri.

The details:
Shuki Zikri Duri (the website is a little overdramatic if you ask me)
Mordechai Ben Hillel 1 (off of Ben Yehuda St. / Across the street from Melech Hafalafel)
Open daily until 6pm


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  1. * Benji says:

    I go there in Tel Aviv. It’s on King George right by Dizengoff Center.

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 5 months ago
  2. * Raizy says:

    A LITTLE overdramatic? Ya think?

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 5 months ago
  3. * Rebecca says:

    Raizy – everyone needs a little 35 shekel drama in their lives…

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 5 months ago
  4. * Oleh Yirusalyim says:

    They usually just do a trim or such for thirty five shekels and they charge you another 35-45 depending on your hairlength with out letting you know they are charging you for it at the end so it really ends up to be about 70-85 shekels. Also, expect to wait in line at least an hour and the teachers dont always come over and fix what the students have done.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 6 months ago
  5. * Oleh Yirusalyim says:

    Charging you the other 35-45 for the blowdry, that is.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 6 months ago
  6. * Karen says:

    Do they cut men and boys hair as well or only women?

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 1 month ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Karen, they cut anyone’s hair who is willing to sit for a painfully long haircut that might not come out even! Actually, now that you mention it, I’ve only seen women there but I assume they cut everyone’s hair. You should give them a call.

      | Reply Posted 12 years, 1 month ago
  7. * Leah says:

    I just went this week. I did have very long hair (down to my hips when straight)(they did not charge extra for hair length), and I asked for a only tiny trim; but they ended up taking like seven inches off! However, one of my friends with long hair had the same thing done at a different salon, so I think this may just be common in Israel. 😦

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 7 months ago
  8. * Resident of Jerusalem says:

    In the same place and the same telephone number is an academy that charges 40 shekel if you let a student cut your hair (190 shekelim if a teacher cuts your hair).

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 3 months ago

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