10 March 2012

an $8 haircut {in china town}.

A couple of weeks ago I went with Martina and Karen to China Town {original post here}.  They had told me in advance that the main purpose of the trip was for the boys to get cheap haircuts, and Martina had also decided to join in the fun and get herself an $8.00 trim (maybe more like $10 with the current exchange rate}.  When Martina asked whether I would also like to jump on the haircut bandwagon and get myself a trim, my reply was most probably not {I'm pretty risk-averse when it comes to my hair}, but that I would love to tag along and observe all the action.

Well, once we got to China Town, I caved into peer pressure and on a whim decided,

"Why not, my hair could use a trim!  Besides, what's the worst that could happen?"

With Karen there as both our translator and photographer she told my stylist, Qing Qing, exactly what I wanted, just to trim off a couple of inches and to tidy up my layers a bit.    


*Guang Dong Hairdressing Salon*


Qing Qing went straight to work and started off by washing my hair.  Apparently it's very normal to have your hair washed while still sitting in your seat in Asia, but for me it was a completely new experience.  I'll have to admit it was kind of nice to just be able to relax without having to let my neck lie uncomfortably on the rim of the washing basin like I'm used to doing in western salons.


Karen snapped this shot on her iPhone - I think it's my favorite of the day.  Oh how I yearn for the day when I too can finally be a proud iPhone owner!


Next came the trim.  At first I wasn't too worried, but once I started watching what looked like 10 inches of hair falling to the ground chunk after chunk, rather than the two that I had requested, I started having a mini panic attack.  Martina saw the look of terror on my face and quickly called Karen over to clear up any confusion, and then Qing Qing was back on the right track again.


Is my anxiety evident in this photo?!


Despite my moment of doubt, Qing Qing pulled through and in the end my haircut turned out better than expected!  Above is the final product, although my hair hasn't been straightened yet.  Not too shabby for $8.00 in my book!  What do you think?

Thank you Qing Qing - not only for not destroying my hair, but also for a fun experience that I will always look back on and smile about!

*All photos {other than the first one} courtesy of Karen*

{For more posts on Qing Qing's hair styling skills see herehere, and here.}

18 comments:

  1. Looks like a nice haircut! Thanks for the link :)

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  2. Ohhh I know that terrified feeling well! I don't know how brave I would have been about a haircut across a language barrier ... but thankfully yours looks great. Your hair is pretty and smooth even without straightening! :)

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  3. You had me nervous for a minute!! But it looks great :)

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  4. oh my goodness Jenna, i got such a kick out of this post. i'm a "retired" hairstylist so anything to do with salons speaks to my aching to return back behind the chair ; )

    what great shots to capture this day of days! YOU and your gorgeous hair look great!!! love the results and being able to witness the process too. what fun! ♥

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  5. You're so brave to try out an $8 haircut! It looks great though :) When it comes to my bangs, ironically I like to cut it myself in case someone messes up!

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  6. Your haircut is so cute! (:
    And you just can't beat eight bucks!

    allaboutalynne.blogspot.com

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  7. Your hair looks great...and so do you!

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  8. I think it looks great!! And for $8! That's amazing!! I definitely see the anxiety in that picture, though. Your eyes are like "what the heck is happening?" Hahaha!

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  9. i would be so scared! i need a haircut/trim so badly but my hair dresser (of 10 years!) is on bed rest and about to have her second child so i guess i'll be waiting for a while. it looks great though!

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  10. Very brave of you! I'm sure I would have chickened out but the end result looks great.

    Very bizarre to wash your hair in the chair! I just learned something new!

    Sal x

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  11. It looks awesome! I would feel the same hesitation about taking risks with a haircut but your risk taking payed off...I'm living in France right now and I'm too scared of getting a trim just in case.

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  12. Oh how I wish they had $8 haircuts here!
    Yours looks amazing Jenna!
    x, Anna

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  13. girl you are SOO brave!!! i am so risk averse when it comes to my hair too! but yours turned out amazing! qing qing nailed it!! and that's your hair without straightening?!?! jealous!!! ;)

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  14. as much as i would have loved to tag along I'm not sure if I would have been able to take that risk haha You are so brave! In the end, your hair looks amazing :-)

    xo
    http://nuhasofiyan.blogspot.com

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  15. as much as i would have loved to tag along I'm not sure if I would have been able to take that risk haha You are so brave! In the end, your hair looks amazing :-)

    xo
    http://nuhasofiyan.blogspot.com

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  16. That's pretty awesome! I could need a trim myself but I hate the fact that it's so expensive! A haircut over here is at least $50!

    Hope you had a great weekend Jenna!

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  17. What an interesting post! 1st your new do looks amazing, and 2, you are super brave! But that is coming from someone who had a botched haircut a few months ago, so I am going to be super weary from now on!

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