#96 Hair Cut Horror Stories
Before venturing overseas, Expat Aid Workers are warned and advised to get a hair cut. This is partly to appear presentable for your first day of work. It is also to avoid the task of having to find a hair salon or barber shop that is able to cut expat hair.
Very few local barbers or hair dressers will admit to being unsure of how or where to start, but when you’re sitting in the chair with the razor poised above your head and the attendant has a worried and confused look on his or her face, you might start to wonder about the logic of your choice. Some might at least be smart enough to provide the barber with some guidance or a photo of what they want, but there is no guarantee that will help.
You might experience this once. Very few expats will be brave (or silly) enough to try it a second time. Luckily, there are generally salons around in the capital cities to which one can retreat to fix the disaster or choose the second time around. However, these fancier salons don’t facilitate the trading of war-stories about bad haircutting experiences that are a staple of expat conversation at some point or another.
So if you are not too concerned about the appearance or style of your hair (or by chance luck out and find a local salon that knows how to cut a variety of hair types), then by all means go find your closest barber or hair dresser. The laughs and stories later will be well worth it.