Cheap, fun, thrilling, awesome are words to describe the experiences in local hairdressers. It’s pretty common to see the little sign “Cắt tóc” in North Vietnam or “Hớt Tóc” in the South of Vietnam. Cắt = Cut. Hair = Tóc. Easy right? Now when you come in here, besides the normal circle of washing your hair first, then cut your hair, then blow dry it. There are extra pleasures. Seriously, I am not talking dirty nor the issues of happy ending in the pink dim light hairdressers here. Trust me, it’s truly an experience during your Vietnam private travel.
In most places, the lady will still work on your skinhead like it has never been washed before. It’s not that she hates you, she is actually trying to please you from scratch where you feel itchy.😉 So if you don’t like her nails scratching into your poor skinhead, then ask in advance for a “soft scratch”.
Not many people like this so normally they will ask before doing it. Lying on the hair-washing chair, she will spray the water into your ear, then clean it with some shampoo, spray more water to wash away the bubbles. It sounds ok when you do it on your own in the shower, but make sure you are calm and be prepared if try it in the hairdresser. I found it a bit weird feeling.
A face wash often to be included in the process and is charged extra if you use it. You can also have a face mask while washing your hair.
At some part, while your head are at massaging stage, you will feel a small amount of hair will be gently rolled together and pulled, a small noise will come out after every pull. Don’t freak out, it’s just a trick make you feel that your hair is going off your head and make a crack, but it’s not. Vietnamese find that relaxing.
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OK, your ears will be clean out and your ability to hear things are much better. Though this is freaky to most people. The lady will wear a front light like a miner, have a thin metal tool on her hand, and start to work on your ear. You need to trust her, otherwise, this cleaning process can never be done. It will feel weird or nice, depends on how you feel. After that, she will use cotton buds to clean again. Helllloooooo? Can you hear me from so far away?
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If you have straight hair, fine. If you have curly hairs, please be warned that Vietnamese hairdressers won’t know how to deal with original curly hair. They can make straight to curly no problem. And it is best if you can take a few photos of the hairstyles you want and show to them. Then they will cut as you want.
Blow Dry & Hair Modelling
The final process. It can be as simple as the blow dry or fancy with complicated hair modeling up to your taste.
Price: A full process can be up to 250,000vnd (= 12 US$) – please note this price is applied for small stores only. In mid-range hair salon, it can be up to 25US$. or a high-end top quality one is about 80US$.
Don’t worry! Here is some quality English Speaking hairdresser in Hanoi for you to try:
* Tran Linh Hair Creation – 1 Hang Bun st., Hanoi. Money range: $$$
*Dinh Hair Salon: 2A Cua Bac st. Money range: $
*Q-cut: 53 Au Co st., Tay Ho District. Money Range: $$