Chopping the mop

One thing that is hard to find in Bangkok is a hairdresser that’s used to cutting ‘farang’ hair. Unfortunately we’re not all blessed with the Thai’s lovely dark, shiny straight hair. I wish. Mine for example is just this non descript wave that has a mind of it’s own. You can’t cut wavy hair like you cut straight hair… apparently.

But there are a few hairdressers out there with plenty of experience. It’s just knowing where they are. I’ve been going to Nikki at Schwing for a few months and he’s pretty darn good. A mellow guy who just gets on with his job and gives good advice.

He lived in Beverly Hills for about 20 years till he decided to move back to his native Bangkok and set up his own salon. He certainly knows how to deal with my unruly hair and today I actually left the hairdresser looking like I had beautiful, straight Thai hair. Which seems to be a bit of a contradiction… hm.

Still, I highly recommend him fellow farang ladies with the wavy hair going on. Here’s his card.


6 Comments so far

  1. Ben Harris (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 1:11 pm

    Will your hair still be in its immaculate state this Saturday?

  2. Baba (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 2:22 pm

    Yeah… right, I wish. Not unless I go spend another hour at the hairdresser having two women and their blow driers stretching my hair out. So, no, it won’t look immaculate.

  3. honeybuzz (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 2:38 pm

    I have a friend who has very wavy hair and feels very insecure by it since it seems like everyone else has straight silky hair, so she’s constantly fixated on finding the perfect straightening product. She has to get it straightened every 3 weeks. I wonder, “Why fight it?” so I suggested that she should just let her hair run wild if it wants by getting a nice perm, and go with the flow!

  4. ปากมาก (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 10:29 pm

    Your recommendation aside…
    If I were a falang woman with very wavy hair, I would have initial reservations about patronizing a hair salon named, “SCHWING”. Perhaps the word is a specialized hair-styling lingo. Sadly, I’ve never really had a hard-on for niche industry terms. What a boner!

  5. him (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 11:40 pm

    You know, from the moment that business card entered our apartment, the name worried me. I mean, would you name your salon after a word from one of the most irritating movies of all time? I think not.

    Maybe they read it on a t-shirt :p

  6. danielle (unregistered) on September 7th, 2005 @ 4:21 am

    HONEY, if your friend wants a convenient solution, tell her to check out the MiniGlide hair straightener. You can read about it here

    Basically, it is a “better than” flat iron. She will love it.

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