(I realize this post would be infinitely better with before and after pictures, but, um, I haven't taken any. Maybe this weekend.)
Okay, first haircut in Korea. It could have been a success or a total disaster. Thankfully, it was overwhelmingly positive and I walked out with about three fewer inches, more layering and no noticeable bald patches. Whew!
It's frustrating to go to the hair salon period -- trying to communicate what you want and make sure the stylist understands before she starts chopping away Sweeney Todd-style. So imagine that same experience except your stylist doesn't speak the same language as you. Yep, it was a little difficult.
Juno Hair is a huge chain in Seoul and some of my friends have been there, so I knew it was a place I could trust. At 20,000 won it's a definite bargain and they offer complimentary coffee, tea, wine and other goodies.
It's a nice salon, large and clean. I brought a picture of the style I wanted and after showing that to the stylist and a brief consultation, they washed my hair and gave an amazing scalp and neck massage for 10-15 minutes. So relaxing!
Then the stylist went to town. I was really nervous that it would be too short or that she would do something funky or Korean-style. But Seung Won did a great job. She actually spoke a little English, at least enough to ask basic questions and communicate some.
After finishing the cut, she blow-dried and straightened, then they washed it again before blow-drying again. I'm not sure why... but I wasn't complaining! Overall it took about 2 hours for a basic haircut, which was kind of long, but nevertheless a relaxing way to spend the afternoon.
I like the final result. After deciding that I was sick of long hair, it's shorter with a side bang. Might still trim the bangs a little but otherwise, it was a positive experience and I'll definitely go back.
Although it will be nice to return to the days of having fluent conversation with my stylist.