Haircuts for anime characters in Saigon
Everything in Saigon is an experience. My hair has been getting unruly again. I generally dislike the rigmarole that goes along with getting your haircut so I tend to get my haircut only when things are getting desperate, I’m talking Chewbacca desperate here.
So I resolve to do the deed. Jumping on my bike I head off to the nearby shops around plush Phu My Hung (pronounced "foo me hoong"). I’d been recommended to go to a place called Saigon Moments. A few minutes jetting around on my bike I find the place. I walk and smiles greet me, they can clearly see that Chewbacca is here for a haircut. I sit down to discover we have no language in common. A few words of English on their side and the ability to say thank you on mine do not make for an efficient delivering of instructions on how I want my hair cut. They show me a few books, but unless I want to look like a Japanese anime character those books aren’t helping the situation. Eventually I decide to just go for it … I give a shrug and let them do what they will.
15 minutes later I have a haircut, it’s short and I don’t look like a character from Naruto so I’m happy. But wait … that’s not it … I am taken out back to a dark room with a bed (is this why the place came recommended I think?)
I’m asked to lie down, next to me, and somewhat worryingly, lies another customer asleep in the foetal position on another bed. My head slips into a bowl and my hair begins to be washed. By that I mean it’s is kneaded and soaked and stroked and kneaded some more. I’m in a state of bliss … and then it’s over. I knew I should have opted for the massage when she first offered it to me …. then I too could be curled up in a foetal position in a state of bliss after a Saigon Moments head wash and massage. Next time I might not wait so long to get my haircut.