One of the interesting things (for me) to do abroad is to get a haircut. I’ve gotten a haircut a few times where they did not speak English (e.g. Cambodia/Vietnam) so I just let them cut away. I never know what to say when they ask anyways.
“How do you want it cut?” He/she will say.
Yeah, that’s pretty much how it goes down. More specifically, I guess I say I want it shorter in the back, and sides compared to the top. Usually that seems pretty obvious though. In my crappy Cantonese, it’s pretty much the same. When I go to my Malaysian barber, it reminds me of when Wongfu got haircuts in Hong Kong.
So when it came to Cambodia, I had to use hand signals to signify that I wanted a haircut (they also offer shaves and other services). At the end of it, it was probably one of the best haircuts I’ve ever had! It was $2USD and he even gave me some water to cool down from the 40+ degrees heat when I came in. In Vietnam, I got ripped off (by local standards) but I had an interesting experience since I got my hair cut on the streets. It was literally a chair, a portable table and someone nailing a mirror to the wall. Talk about your mobile business.
As for Malaysia, haircuts cost me $5CAD and they have always been okay. They are fairly quick (they even advertise it as 15rm for 15 minutes) and it’s pretty consistent no matter who does it. If I ever get a bad haircut, I would probably just laugh it off and take a picture for the storybooks. Guys’ hair grow back much quicker anyways. I don’t know if girls would be as liberal as guys are with their haircuts.
Have you ever had to cut your hair abroad? Do you have a fun haircut abroad story?