Since I have grown my hair long, I don’t go to the salon nearly as often as I did before. My husband, however, goes about once a month to make sure that his cut stays in shape. Because of that – he actually has a longer running relationship with his salon and stylist than I do. He has followed her from one salon to another and even (in a moment of weakness) over a year ago, bought a membership card which means he gets 50% off all products and services.
Before Chinese New Year I decided I wanted to get my hair trimmed and he asked if I wanted to go to his salon, which I gladly accepted. I enjoyed it so much that recently I went back for another trim when Li went in to get his hair cut.
This salon is more traditional than some which means that they wash your hair while you are sitting in the chair – a dry wash – instead of over the sink. Because it is done that way they can also simultaneously massage your shoulders and neck – which feels wonderful. After a rinse they then finish the massage down your arms and hands so by the time the stylist arrives you are in a very pleasing mental state.
The shampoo girls were new arrivals in Shanghai, happy to practice their little bit of English and it made me remember the first time I got my hair cut in Shanghai where I couldn’t understand much more than, “Hello, goodbye, I don’t want that and thank you.” How much has changed in seven years (I can have a full conversation now and actually am familiar with the different regions where the girls were from) – and how much has stayed the same, the continual change in Shanghai and people coming here to seek their fortune.
The cut itself is a little bit of an afterthought in my case – just a quick trim, but still nice to have someone else cut and style and blow dry.
By the time we walked out over an hour later I felt looser and lighter – all for the cost of 30RMB (less than $5USD). Maybe I should get my hair trimmed every week?
What is your favorite salon?