lǐ fà = get a haircut…and that is exactly what I needed to do. So this week I finally made time to get a haircut. This would be the third time I got a haircut since being in China. The first two times I had someone with me, but this time I decided that I could go out on my own. So I grabbed my handy dandy Chinese sentence book and found the section on getting a haircut and tried to memorize what I needed to say. I kept it easy with just saying “I want to get my haircut,” “how much does it cost” and “I want a short cut.” I wasn’t too sure what a “short cut” was but I was guessing it wasn’t to bad.
Anyways, I headed out into the subzero weather and walked a few blocks to the place where I went the last two times. There seems to never be the same person there when I go, so they are always kinda surprised to see an America. I tried to express my sentences and through some rough pronunciation we were able to communicate. The price is only 10 RMB about $1.48 (not too shabby).
Since I have gone to the same place every time, I am not sure if they do this everywhere, but first they wash and shampoo your hair. Then they start cutting away. The process seems to take fooreeeveeeer. They first cut with scissors and then they used the electric razor and then back to the scissors. Finally, then end up washing your head again (kinda nice).
At the end he wanted to know if I like it, I tried to express I wanted the top a little shorter, but that didn’t work out so well and he just thinned it a little more. I paid the man and back out into the frozen tundra I went.
After reviewing my haircut in the mirror at home I realized it wasn’t as neat and even as I normally would expect, but it was only a $1.48 so I won’t complain.