“You’re only as good as your last haircut.”-Fran Lebowitz
Hey YOU! Get a Hair Cut!
If you’re a long term travel junkie like me, inevitably there will come a point when you need to look decent, quit scaring the locals, and get a hair cut.
Unless you cut your own hair, this can be an interesting experience depending on your language abilities.
Every country has their own ideas on what it deems stylish and appealing, so unless you like getting a fro hawk in the Czech Republic, you better know how to ask for the style you want.
If your language skills don’t suffice, the easiest is to take a few good pictures with different angles of your most stylish cut, and load them on your I-Phone or any other hand-held device you may have. Make some funny faces even, get the other person to laugh when they see them. Just come in, say hello and point to your phone. If they make a weird face, chances are they may not be able to pull off your cut. If they smile and give you the thumbs up, plop into the chair and hope for the best.
Three Quick Tips
Not knowing the native language can make for some awkward silence, to make it a more pleasant experience keep these few tips in mind.
1. Smile: Smiling is infectious, if you can’t speak to the hair stylist, get them in a good mood by flashing them a big smile in the mirror.
2. Be prepared to not get what you want: Don’t show your disappointment if your hair does not come out the way you expected. It’s another situation of being lost in translation. Just remember that sporting a goofy hair cut will now be a part of your adventure.
3. Try and communicate as much as possible: This is one more chance for you to use any words or phrases you may know. Don’t worry about sounding silly,the stylist will appreciate your efforts. Use and exaggerate your body language to get your point across.
If you experience a truly horrific hair cut, remember it’s not permanent, brush it off, maybe even literally :). This will just be one more common thing that becomes a tad more difficult living abroad. Learn to embrace these little challenges, they will end up adding color to your day.
If you would like to know how to really learn to speak another language, check out my friend Benny’s unconventional “language hacking” course, on how you can become conversationally fluent in as little as 3 months. Benny speaks 8 languages fluently, so he knows a thing or two about learning to speak quickly. Currently I am learning Korean and his methods have already helped out greatly.
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