My first Korean haircut

South Korea

My head has been looking a bit fuzzy lately, so although  I had told myself that I would put off any future haircuts until my jaunt back to the States this coming July I decided to take the plunge and go for it.  I’d heard of a hairdresser named Akira in Guri who’d lived in Australia for two years while cutting hair and going to school. Now this alone was not enough of a confirmation for me, although it’s a pleasant idea to be able to trust my locks to someone who speaks English AND has cut blonde, non-Asian hair before. Turns out that Marisa couldn’t wait any longer either and went to visit this Akira on Sunday. He dyed her hair and gave it a cut, and when Marisa came home Sunday night with a positively lovely ‘do, I decided that Akira could be trusted with a simple trim of my own coif.  I made the appointment for Wednesday. Today was that appointment and I must say that I am a completely satisfied customer. Akira is great! He’s incredibly meticulous. And I’ve never experienced a shampoo like his-it was like my head was being beaten, and I mean that in a very positive way. The whole process took an hour. He was a wonderful conversationalist, and very worried about the pronunciation of his English, as most Koreans are when speaking to foreigners. I assured him that he was amazing, and spoke waaay more English than I speak Korean.  We talked about tattoos, and for some strange reason I told him how Ohio is shaped like a heart. At the end of my hour-long session, I paid a whopping total of 20,000 won-a fantastic deal at less than $18 US! And to think that I pay around 30 bucks in the U.S.  I feel incredibly relieved that now I’ve found someone who can keep me (or my hair at least) looking fab for the next 10 months.

It may not look like much to you, but it's much better looking now!
It may not look like much to you, but it's much better looking now!

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