I went to a few salons outside of Eddie’s shop and the experiences weren’t all that great. Once, I decided to be adventurous and stop by a local hairdresser in Puli. I just happened to drive my scooter by the shop and decided to be brave. I remember when I walked in (note that the sight of Caucasian blonde women walking around Puli is not common) the women all became nervous and didn’t really know what to do. I tried explaining in my basic Chinese that I just wanted a little hair cut off. They sat me down in a chair and we tried to make small talk. Everything seemed to be going alright until the stylist parted my hair, revealing the dark roots beneath, and realized I wasn’t a true blonde. She actually screamed. Her friend came running over and they sat there, pulling apart sections of my hair and making shocked sounds. It was funny but uncomfortable. I think they were concerned but I convinced them all was well and they went back to work on the cut.
If you’re not up for such adventurous experiences, head over to Mix & Match! All foreigners looking for an English speaking hairdresser in Taiwan, take note! I really miss Mix & Match salon and hopefully one day I’ll have the chance to visit again.
*Another note: As my friend Eileen mentions in the comments below, the shampooing process at most hair salons is wonderful as you get a nice, long scalp massage.
Aside from ranting about how great Mix & Match is (no, I wasn’t paid for this blog post), I thought it would be funny to share how my hairstyle evolved while I lived in Taiwan. I will say there was a time or two when a haircut made me nervous and took some getting used to.
But, my hair ultimately became very Taiwanese and the look has stayed to this day.
Below I’ve posted examples of how my hair changed over the course of the time I lived in Taiwan. If you’re a female expat living in the country, be warned that at some point, your hair may resemble a mushroom. And the weird thing is, you might grow to love it.
Feel free to share your own traveling haircut tales!