Mix & Match Hair Salon
Zhongxiao E. Road Section 3 #285 3rd Floor (across the street from Green Sogo)
Sorry about not posting much of anything. Been very, very busy. More about that later.
So I promised my next post would be about where Western women can get a good haircut in Taiwan, and I wasn't joking. I've also had it in my head to make a long, epic post detailing places where expat women can get things they need (from good haircuts to shoes in our size to clothes in our size that actually look good to feminine products - all the stuff nobody on Forumosa seems to have a clue about). As I've said, I'm rather sick of the dearth of information and services on things foreign women in Taipei need, and I do think it's the result of the fact that most expats in Taiwan are men. Not bashing the men, just saying it's annoying - especially that nobody seems to care that this is a problem - and if I can do one thing to make the lives of other expat women here easier, I will feel I've done a service to the community).
Anyway, on to the hair.
My friend Emily found this great place near Zhongxiao Fuxing called Mix & Match, right across from the green Sogo. Address above. Eddie, the main stylist, trained in London and really understands curly, wavy, lighter colored, more unruly Western women's hair. I realize men here have it fairly easy - it's not hard to cut men's hair and the worst that can happen is that you end up looking like a Mandopop or Korean movie star, which doesn't really seem to happen that often - though I joke with Brendan that I fully expect him to get a haircut like this for the wedding:
...or possibly this:
OK, I'll admit it. I think Rain is kind of cute. I mean, Brendan's still cuter but for a pop star, Rain is totally not that bad. Korea...sparkling!
(Plus, I'm a sucker for a guy in an oatmeal cable-knit sweater holding an adorable puppy or kitty)
...anyway. Back to the far more important topic of women's hair.
We went in - medium to long hair is about NT $1000 to cut, short hair is less. A dye job runs approximately NT$3000 depending on length. This is more than other salons but it's totally worth it because Eddie knows what he's doing with Western hair and doesn't treat it like the fine, straight hair that most Taiwanese women have.
For example, my hideous hangy-down shag hair that was so unattractive that I always kept it up turned into this:
"Is it Margarita o'clock yet?"
...and even looks better while put up:
I swear I'm not a lush: the first picture was taken during a rare weekday off so we took advantage of Yuma's 3pm happy hour margarita special. The 2nd picture was at least a week later, celebrating Brendan and Emily's joint birthday parties.
And that was without a color job. I do intend to get a new cut and a nice color for the wedding, but saw no point in coloring it now when I have nothing in particular for which I ought to look better than I normally do. Emily, on the other hand, got a cut and color:
"Unlike Jenna, I am not about to turn 30. Nyah nyah. Also, it is in fact Margarita o'clock."
And I have to say, what a great color it is. In the light it's got lots of different highlights and glints and shades, not like the nasty, almost matte block color that you get from cheap dyes. And unlike Taiwanese hair salons, where I have gotten dye jobs before, Eddie actually dyes the roots! You have no idea how annoying it is to sit through a dye job only to find that your hair is the same color in a fringe around your face, sprouting to a new color almost a centimeter out. I thought dye jobs were meant to avoid that particular look. I have no idea why Taiwanese salons do this, and they just don't listen when you tell them you want all of your hair dyed. They also just do not understand the intricacies of dying already light-ish hair, because let's face it, they're used to local girls coming in and getting coffee or caramel or bluish highlights, not to girls with light brown hair coming in and asking for reds and chestnuts.
So, girls, if you are looking for a good cut and dye job, Eddie's your man!
As for why I've been so busy...
I worked all weekend last weekend (long days, too) but made some good money, and April's just been a busy month. I am sure only a few people reading this REALLY care that much about our wedding, but besides work we also nailed down a DJ for a good price (or what we figure is a good price for not having to rent and set up our own sound equipment - a disaster waiting to happen - or find our own music). I ordered my sister's Ninja of Honor dress - we do not want matching attendants so I let them all pick whatever they want within a very basic color scheme of bright jewel tones and bought my sister's dress as a thank you for all of her help. Emily and I started work on DIY escort cards and I am working on the DIY program - as many people will be quite unfamiliar with different elements of the ceremony and some would benefit from a Chinese translation, we think inexpensive hand-designed and photocopied programs are a good idea - and DIY table numbers and tent cards explaining the different kinds of tea we'll offer with dessert, too. Plus a pile of tiny projects like a decoration for my fan (in lieu of a bouquet), corsages, boutonnieres. I figure if we're gonna go for it and throw a big party we may as well have fun with it, but if we're gonna do that we should DIY it so it won't cost much.
So, been making stuff like this:
...for the tea bar. And other stuff.