Friday, June 13, 2008

Fie Dorra Haircu

Coming back from Walgreens a few days ago (I was buying diet coke, it was on special) I walked past what seems to be the cheapest hair salon in Chinatown. In the window, in large red letters, a sign reads:

$5 理发
Haircut

As a general rule, the smaller the English writing is compared to the Chinese writing, the cheaper the shop will be. The shops with no English writing at all probably have the best prices anywhere in San Francisco, but you would be hard pressed to identify what exactly you are buying.

Enticed by the prospect of a haircut for the price of a coffee, I came back two days later. The entire thing lasted about 10 minutes and was the most terrifying and bewildering time I've ever spent in a hairdressers. And I'm pretty terrified and bewildered any time I get my haircut.

Generally when I get my haircut the hairdresser hovers appraisingly around my head for several minutes asking me questions I don't have good answers for. Mr $5's pre-cut chat consisted of pointing at the side of my head and asking "Numma Two?" before turning on the clippers and starting to shave while I attempted to respond.

For 5 minutes we pointed at different parts of my head and yelled numbers at each other while he manuvered the clippers and scissors. Then he said "OK, Good, Sank You.", sprayed water on my hair and took the apron off me.

Amazingly, it didn't actually look too bad. Not quite what I had planned, but certainly not terrible.

When I paid him, I left a $2 tip, which I thought was appropriate based on the other hairdressers I'd visited. Apparently I may as well have got down on my knees and proclaimed him Lord of the Barbers. Grinning widely he said "Oooh, you like, you like!" and then, pointing at both our heads "We have the same. Our haircuts the same." That was a little worrying. His hair was thinning, combed over, and held in place with more mousse than a Canadian forest.

Anyway, here's the final result. It's a little more "square" than I would usually have it. Tina says it looks like I'm in the army. But overall it was a well spent $5.

4 comments:

Tina said...

About 5 mins after I took that photo, the artwork behind Brendan fell down of its own accord. Hmmm.

Brendan said...

My hair broke the painting.

Although that's nothing compared to Ida's hair. It broke a chair once.

ange said...

haha when i started reading this post i thought tina was writing and was like tina? clippers? number 2? uh oh...was relieved when i scrolled down and saw ur pic!

Ida said...

Holy crap, that was an awesome post.

I approve of the haircut. You may go forth and show the world :P