Can I just confess something? I HATE going to the hairdresser. Really, I hate it. I hate the stupid chatter and the "relaxing" head massage (don't know about you but I never feel relaxed when a stranger is rubbing my scalp whilst my head is being forced back unceremoniuosly into a sink), and most of all I hate having to look at myself in the mirror for up to (and sometimes over) an hour and having to face up to the fact that I have an undeniably round face. Honestly, there is absolutely NO hint of cheekbone. (But I prefer not to dwell on it if not in hairdresser's chair if it's all the same to you).
So imagine my profound depression as people from all corners of my life began to comment on my hair...I hadn't been to the hairdresser's for almost a year and it was getting quite noticable. I have no regular hairdresser here in Rome which makes it worse- if there were a pushy receptionist making me my next appointment as I sloped out after a cut then it'd be out of my hands. But I'd found my experiences here so far uniformly terrible I hadn't made repeat appointments.
Until now! I was taking a walk in the Vittorio Emmanuele area trying to avoid looking at my hair in shop windows when I walked past a Chinese hairdresser and a rare bout of motivation inspired me to open the door.
"Er, hello, do you have an appointment for today?" I asked.
"No appointment. Appointment now. Go to shampoo!" Barked a chinese man at me.
Right! Decision taken out of my hands! I go to shampoo.
"Go to him" directs shampoo boy after brief shampoo.
Go to cool-looking guy with asymmetric-type cut that you see in gel adverts and leather jacket.
"Cut?" he asks
"Yes" I reply
"Layers?" he asks
"Okay!" I reply
And that is the end of our conversation. I sit in blissful silence for a half hour and trust him to give me a good cut (he has asymmetrical 'do so must know what he is doing, reasoned).
He gives me a good cut! And as if the experience couldn't get any better I was charged only 12 Euro!
I may still have a round face, but if I could make an appointment for next time I would!
You too can get a stress-free haircut from an achingly cool Chinese boy at: Via Carlo Alberto 39B. Vittorio Emanuele area.