Sunday, May 2, 2010

Good Haircuts for Western Women!

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Eddie's still giving great haircuts! (August 2013)

Edited, because Eddie's moved:

Pica Hair Salon
Eddie Tham
Zhongxiao E. Road Section 4 #76 3rd Floor (MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Exit 3)
台北市忠孝東路四段76號3樓


Hi all.

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:


聽媽媽的話!
...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.


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Atlas Pages said...

Thanks so much for posting up info on Eddie- I booked an appointment with him after reading your comments and he did a wonderful job! He spoke wonderful English and was lovely. I usually give hairdressers a run for their money as I switch between black and blonde... but I've now got golden locks and they are healthy!

Jenna said...

I'm glad you liked Freddie! Weeks out, and I still love my haircut from him. I have thin hair (it used to be thick, but as is the case with women in my family, it's thinned out as I near 30) and his cut...*did* something. Made it feel weightless. That extra bounce brought back my natural curly wave and gave my hair more volume than I ever thought possible.

I'm getting married soon and fully intending to go back to him for a cut and color before we leave for the USA in anticipation of the wedding. I definitely trust him to do a fantastic job!

francesca said...

Hi,
Ive just come across your blog and it literally is a god send!!! haha. Ive been I Taiwan for 4 months now (Im from Engand) but have been finding it so hard because all my friends are either male foreigners or taiwanese females so no one has been able to help me with the normal western female things I take for granted at home!
I have white blonde hair and have been dying my roots myself since I got here but have decided to go back to a more golden blonde highlighted colour as Im hoping it will draw less attention!! But I was so worried about going to a hair salon! Im definatly going to try your recommended salon!!! Thankyou so much for making this blog!!!!!!!!!! :D
Francesca

Anonymous said...

Hi!

I understand that Eddie caters more towards the western hair styles, however, my friends (2 girls) and I (guy) are..well...Asians..and would like to get "Taiwanese" hairstyled cut during our trip in Taiwan (late August).

Do you know if Eddie does Asian cuts as well or do you have any other salon to recommend.

PS: we are still students, hence pretty tight on budget.
Kindly contact me at Janus_mycroft_de_vii@hotmail.com

Thanks a mil in advance!

corinne said...

Thank you so much. I agree that it is hard to find information about a lot of things. I think the forums tend to be more about bitching than useful information. I lived in Tokyo for 8 years and I'm surprised that the Taipei foreign community is not well organized. Any thoughts on that?

Anthony van Dyck said...

Hi Corinne,

I totally get what you mean about useful information being hard to come by in Taiwan. One of the reasons I left Forumosa to start up Taiwanease was to manage the forums a little more tightly but also to provide a directory for things in Taiwan - things like good hair salons for western women! Take a look at www.taiwanease.com/directory, and if we're missing something, feel free to add it yourself! http://www.taiwanease.com/venue_entry

TravellingAK said...

Found your blog when I was in Taiwan and actually looked for a hairdresser. There was one thing that I found fascinating though; "(...) doing with Western hair and doesn't treat it like the fine, straight hair that most Taiwanese women have."
For me, being western but not from central Europe or US but from Scandianvia the problem is rather the opposite, the hairdressers are used to the THICK and straight taiwanese hair, not the fine hair that most of us Scandinavian women have. Even in Germany where I currently live it was difficult and took time to find a good hairdresser who could deal with my type of hair.
Luck had it that I managed to find a hairdresser in Taiwan though, and even though he didn't speak any English and we had to have the discussions through the receptionist and photos, he did a very good job and I will definitely go back to him when I am back.
For colouring I am more concerned though, I may check with your hairdresser. My hair can not handle the asian hair products, they are way too strong. If your contact still there? Do you have any clue what brands they are using? (If you don't, don't worry about it, I can go there and find out for myself)