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Bu yao androgynous mullet, part II

The Chinese love asymmetrical, layered hairstyles.  Fortunately for them, they can pull it off with their thick straight hair.  Unfortunately for me, I do not have thick straight hair.  In a country of 1.325 billion people, where do hairdressers get to practice on non-thick, non-straight hair?  That would be me.  I’ve been around the block a few times when it comes to getting a trim from someone who doesn’t speak the same language.  It’s hard enough to explain to an English-speaker what you want, and to try to get them to cut what you want and not what they think would look good.  Throw in a different culture with different ideas about what a flattering haircut looks like.  Some experiences have definitely been better than others, but I’ve never been happier than I was after today’s cut.

Inner Mongolia: I was there but the hair was out_of_control

I have lived in fear of the scissors since the fall of 2008 when a trip to the hair salon cost me most of my hair.  Many girls tend to exaggerate a bit when it comes to their hair since it’s such a personal thing, but I exaggerate not.  I couldn’t pull it back, up, or to the side in any way, because it really was that short.  Right after that happened, I went to Inner Mongolia for October Holiday where we didn’t have access to showers for several days, and those are the only pictures I have of that haircut.  While I didn’t want any part of that hair on record in any way, I did need to be able to say I was actually on that trip so I caved and allowed a few shots.  When I got back home and posted the pictures, my sister informed me that she didn’t recognize me in them.  Gee thanks, Caitlin.

I lived most of that winter with short hair and didn’t conquer my fear and return to a Chinese hair cutting establishment until exactly one year later, when I wrote this.  Now I’m happy to report that the shortest of the shortest layers are completely grown out and today’s excursion was a success.  Yay for knowing more Chinese!

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5 Responses

  1. Your looks really nice! Glad you were finally able to find someone that could get you the cut you wanted.

  2. It looks very nice!!! You should have told them to just do a Chinese layerd hairstyle just for fun haha. Perhaps you weren’t that brave though.
    I used to have a Japanese styled hairstyle that I did myself based off of two photos of different hairstyles. To this day it is my favourite hairstyle I had. . .granted it was only 5 years ago that I had it.

    • Haha! Well, you have to (1) like that style of hair, and (2) have the right hair (very thick) to pull it off. 🙂

  3. The title of this post drew me in and I had to read it. 🙂 Your hair looks good!

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