We’ve been in Singapore a little over 5 months and I last had my haircut a few weeks before we left Australia. Even with my dodgy mathematical skills I can deduce that I was way overdue for a haircut, so in the last couple of weeks I’ve been asking friends where they get their locks tended.
It seems there are only a couple of salons that expats trust with their crowning glories, none of which were charging anything remotely close to the figure I think a haircut should cost. There certainly should not be three digits in front of the decimal point! One friend mentioned a sum of just a skerrick under $500 for a cut and colour. Yikes.
This morning I remembered the wise words of my friend, PT – “It’s just hair, dude.” I’m not sure why I was being so precious and worrying myself into an early grave over whether hairdressers in Asia could handle my curly Western hair. After all, its just hair, dude, it’ll grow!
And so I walked into a local salon tucked away in the back of my nearest shopping mall. Given the receptionist was engrossed in the paper and the two other staff members were nose to screen with their iPhones, they weren’t exactly rushed off their feet and I was ushered to a chair straight away for a “Wash, Cut and Blowdry”.
They need to rewrite that sign, though, as I got a cut. Then a wash.
The best bit? It cost $28 (Singapore, minus about 20% for Aussie dollars).