It was a kinda interesting hair wash I got yesterday. I was absolutley exhausted when I walked Ulumuqi lu after work, thinking about if I should just go home and settle for the low pressure hair wash (two vicious mosquito bites kept me up all last nite... the mosquito bites u get in china is something out of this world...) when I finally saw a small, empty hair dresser place with 3 funky looking kids inside. I walked in and asked for a wash. The three boys got a little bit nervious (like always when me -jedi jonna- walks into a room full of Chinese) and the kid who decided to take care of me even told the other 2 kids to keep it down...awww.. sweet. Seated in my chair in front of the mirror the funky looking kid began by pouring shampoo onto my dry hair. then he added water. the shampoo, water, shampoo... He worked up a foam, and then I sat like that for about 20 min while he continued foaming and rubbing my head (note, all the time in front of the mirror... not in the sink). We started talking too, although it is a bit weird to chat at the same time as u r getting your head rubbed. Anyways, I asked the funky kid why pretty much all hairdressers in China are men. Funky kid replied that in China it's always been like that and that people don't want a girl to cut their hair.
Soooo... after a long schampoo session (with funky kid's long nails scratching my head) it was time for wash and conditioner. And it was even weirder to lie in a sink and chat I have to say... Coz this guys took his time and he was really up for chatting.
Then, when he had finished, an older man came to do the blow dry. He started off by telling me my hair was very BAD because it obviously didn't want to be blown the way he wanted it to... (well, dude, that's my hair. Sorry). Then, after I had appologized for my hair about 10 times and after I had said that the hair ALWAYS behaves like that and that it was definitely not because of him and his skills, he got a little bit more friendly.
Anyways, about 1 hour after stepping into the place I was done. It was 30 kuai in total and now my hair is shiny and straight. Ladies (and gents) u have to try this when u r in China. Especially if u r on your way out but feel unhappy w your hair. Just step in, pay 20-30 kuai and walk out one hour later looking great.