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Today I got my hair cut. I’ve went to a salon in Shanghai twice since I moved, but even though they say they speak English, there is definitely a communication barrier. (They couldn’t believe I wanted dark color in my hair instead of blonde – I’d asked for lowlights – so they didn’t make it darker than my natural color.)

I’d just read about the Vidal Sassoon opening a salon and academy here, so I signed up for a free haircut. It was done by a student, under the guidance of a teacher who was Italian. It took all morning, but that was OK. I was the only white person and only one with fine, curly hair there. The instructor asked me to come back and bring some friends with hair like mine since they needed more varied hair types.

My stylist was from Singapore – she spoke excellent English and was very nice. This isn’t a good photo of the new ‘do; I’ll post a better one later. One part that was pretty funny was that the instructor showed them how to use mousse and called it a “new” product because you can’t get it here. He said I shouldn’t use gel cause it is too heavy. Anyone who is sending me a care package, please send mousse!! :-)

Everyone wanted to take their photo with me! I asked my stylist what they did with the photos and she said, “They blow them up.” Apparently they will enlarge a print and hang them on their wall, and perhaps claim they are good friends with me…. They all had to stand behind me and pretend to be spraying my hair, then took photos with their arms around me, then closeups of my hair… I am so famous here.

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