Thursday, October 27, 2011

salt is kind of analogous to hair accessories.

I was eating broccoli for lunch today and it didn't taste all that good so I added salt. All of a sudden it tastes so many times better.

Recently I've been really wanting to get a haircut. The back of my hair was getting unmanageable and the front is overgrown. The plan was to go last week, but I didn't have time so my trip was postponed to today.
Hair salons make me feel a little uncomfortable, actually. I never really know what to say or what to ask or any of that. I've never had a stylist that I felt really comfortable with, so I'm still pretty awkward. I went to Shine Salon in Brooklyn Chinatown to get a haircut, after reading reviews saying the price is affordable and the cuts are pretty good. I'd actually looked up and found the salon(s) that I wanted to go to before even moving.
The location isn't hard to find; it's only a short walk from the subway station. I freaked out a little bit when I didn't see it right away when I got to where I thought it was. I was on the wrong side of the street.

Since it's Chinatown, I'd hoped that the stylists there would be able to speak mandarin, because I feel more comfortable being able to communicate in mandarin. They spoke to me cantonese instead of mandarin, so communicating was a little more difficult because I'm not familiar with the language. I found out from my stylist, Raymond, while he was cutting my hair that all the stylists can understand mandarin, but don't speak it.

For my haircut this time, I asked for something like a helmet bob, with clean, straight bangs. Something like what I already had except shorter in the back and more tidy.
Raymond gave me the nice clean cut that I asked for. With the wash and massage, and then the extra wait from other customers, my cut took about an hour. It's the same cut I had when I started my blog, just a little bit shorter. In about a month's time, it should look pretty similar.

I wanted to dye my hair too while I was at it, but I didn't know how I should ask, and how much it would be, or how much time it would take. Fortunately I didnt because since it's cash only, I dont think I would have had enough money to pay for a dye job. After the wash, massage, cut, and tip, I paid $22. I'd never been to a salon myself before, so I didn't understand how paying worked. When I paid the total, the lady at the counter asked me where the tip was. So I paid that too, but looking at her expression, I'm guessing my tip was unsatisfactory. Woops.

On my way back, I passed by a shop with cute decor and it was instinctual to go in. I'm generally not very spendy, but something about getting haircuts makes me really want to buy hair accessories. I bought a hat-scarf and a cute hairclip that I forgot to take pictures up. Maybe I'll make a purchases post soon.

I've been wearing the scarf I bought ever since I bought it. I'm not usually this happy about purchases! It's so soft and nice and warm that I don't want to take it off.
It has bear ears and button eyes!! Makes me feel a little better for not having been able to afford the polka dot neck warmer bear hat at Peace Now San Francisco last winter. Actually I'm still kind of hung up about that.

This is my third post this month! So terribly few! Gosh that makes me really sad because I had a whole bunch of outfits that I wanted to post and didn't get to take pictures of because class starts in the morning and goes on until the evening, so the sun is down by the time I have time to take pictures. And I have events that I want to blog about. I'm part of Teen Vogue Fashion U's class of 2011; graduated last week!

And Kinokuniya shipped in both the November and December issue of KERA, which I bought both of. I'd like to write about those too. And I don't think I ever got to my wishlist post last month. Or this month, for that matter!

And I didn't write about my birthday!
Gosh, this has been a busy, busy month.
So is next month, for that matter.
Steppin up my game...

Love, Kaia


li_zakura said...

the haircut looks really good on you ^^ and the scarf is so adorable :3 hehe, and congratulations for the Teen Vogue Fashion U's class :)...and i know is late hehe but Happy Birthday ^^

anonymous user said...

Eep! The idea of tipping is so scary for me. We don't tip at all in New Zealand, so when I visit the US I'm going to be petrified about how much to tip people. Looks like a very nice haircut for $22 dollars though. My last haircut (and bleach, to be fair) was $155!

I did think your shaggy cut was cute, though! Probably annoying having your hair over your eyes all the time, though. I know it'd drive me nutty.

Happy birthday!

Oh hai, new reader, by the way xD

Kuu said...

The shop wares look so cute! ;3; especially the bag with the panda. And your new haircut is so clean looking! How do you manage to not get irritated by the bangs though? I always go for the side bangs, just because I get that irritated feeling with just having them straight down! =w=

What is Teen Vogue Fashion U? o.o never heard of it before but it sounds spiffy!

prancing bee said...

Cute haircut! You should definitely dye your hair next time!
I have to say, your hair matches with the scarf really well!

Kaiami said...

Emma: I did quite like it too, but it was irritating at times. Welcome aboard!

Kuu: Mm I dunno? I don't really feel them. I think I know the feeling you're talking about, though. It only feels like that when you're not used to it. Once it's been a while it doesn't feel like anything's there. Fashion U is two days of seminars from people who are in the fashion business, like designers, and come and talk.

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