I’m not very good at getting regular haircuts and often, more than a year passes between my visits to the hairdresser. I don’t know why, because when I’m first at the salon, I usually quite enjoy it, but I guess it’s just me being cheap combined with an exaggerated fear of ending up with short, purple hair.
In Copenhagen, most decent places charge around 400-700DKK ($73-128) for a haircut, and usually they’re not particularly good at cutting horse-like Asian hair like mine, so I often end up feeling ripped off and unhappy with my coiffure.
In Dubai a lot of places base their pricing on the length of your hair, which means that I’ll pay almost triple the price that a person with short hair will. One salon wanted 400AED ($109) just for trimming my split ends! It doesn’t make sense at all, as I can’t imagine there’s triple the work with cutting a few inches of my hair compared to a standard, shoulder-length hairdo. Out of principle I therefore rarely get my hair done in Dubai.
Instead I try to postpone my haircuts until I’m in Bangkok or in Tokyo as both places have some really nice, and very affordable hair salons and now I’m in Bangkok so no more excuses; Today I got my hair done. I usually avoid the most touristy places (MBK is the worst), as the hairdressers can very pushy, when it comes to upselling, and they will try to make you buy very expensive hair treatments and do not take no for an answer. I also don’t pick the cheapest ones as only a few100THB extra can buy you a nice, comfortable chair in an upscale, air-conditioned salon instead of a plastic chair in an old, shabby massage/mani-pedi/barber shop.
I’ve tried a couple of good hair salons around Siam BTS station, but today I passed by More Hair Shop in Times Square Shopping Center, and it looked like a nice place, so I decided to go inside and get a haircut.
The hairdresser, who took care of me, was Korean and she was really good at her job. She asked me, which style I wanted (“same as I have now”), and how much I wanted her to cut off (“very little”) and then she came with her own suggestions. I am so happy with my new haircut! I even got my hair washed, blow-dried and styled and I only paid 700THB ($22) for it all.
I wanted to take a picture to show you, but unfortunately it started raining on my way back home, so my hair is all flat and wet now, so I’ll take one tomorrow instead. It’s still raining by the way, and I’ve even heard some thunder so I’ll stay inside for the rest of the evening and wait for AC to arrive.