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Odds and Ends: What, like you’re not vain?

girlfriday: I don’t know if it’s the heat wave, but I’m suddenly DESPERATE for a haircut.

javabeans: It’s not the heat wave, because I am equally desperate and it’s way cooler up in these parts. I… just have a really unfortunate habit of waiting till I look like a scraggly homeless person before I get my hair cut.

girlfriday: It can’t possibly be longer than my holdout period. You’ve seen my hair. It sometimes reaches my waist.

javabeans: My hairstylists have forgotten who I am! It’s so weird when I’m all happy to see them and they’re so polite, all, “How may I help you, agasshi?”

girlfriday: Wah waaaah. I don’t have that problem because I’m a chronic salon-hopper. I can’t commit to a stylist.

javabeans: When I left LA, I was maybe the most sad about giving up my hairstylist, whom I had finally found after years of salon-hopping. You know, you go in, give ’em a picture of Han Ye-seul or Jeon Ji-hyun or whatever, and walk out vaguely dissatisfied that you are still not Han Ye-seul or Jeon Ji-hyun.

girlfriday: Yeah, Han Ga-in and Ha Ji-won aren’t any better, I’m afraid.

javabeans: Dream-crushing bitches.

girlfriday: You’d think that after a lifetime spent of being disappointed that you don’t walk out of the salon looking like Song Hye-gyo, you’d just stop bringing in celebrity pictures.

javabeans: And yet, hope springs eternal. You’d think I learned, because I did figure out pretty early on to not bring in any more photos of white chicks. The Rachel? Not for me.

girlfriday: There’s definitely a learning curve when you’re a teenager and the standard of beauty around you is so not compatible with your Korean face.

javabeans: But even Koreanness can betray you!

girlfriday: Yes, beauty is universally cruel that way.

javabeans: The thing is, even when your stylist is awesome and delivers exactly what you asked for? …sadly, the realization you’re left with is: But my face is not Lee Yeon-hee’s face. And then you leave feeling sad (and poor), with only ice cream to comfort you.

girlfriday: Ain’t it the truth. On the upside though, a lifetime of this actually DOES lead to some lessons learned. Once you figure out that no matter what you do to your hair, your face remains your face, well… you just have to accept that your face is your face.

javabeans: It’s simultaneously empowering and deflating. Although I guess one day you do wake up and embrace yourself. It’s just, you gotta stop taking in those Kim Tae-hee photos to the salon.

girlfriday: I’ve always wanted to find that one perfect stylist to go to every time, but why is that so hard to do?

javabeans: I’m pretty sure that’s one of life’s perversities. You know, mocking you with its challenge and never delivering.

girlfriday: Like Moby Dick, but different.

javabeans: It’s like fashion’s big meaning-of-life quest. And lemme tell ya, finding a Korean hairstylist in a new city is a surprisingly stressful endeavor. ‘Cause Korean people don’t really advertise on Yelp—it’s all word of mouth, except you don’t know the secret password so they won’t tell you. I swear, there was a time when I was so at a loss that I contemplated walking into the Korean market and asking the ajumma ringing up my groceries which salon she went to.

girlfriday: But then you risk walking out with ajumma hair. This is lesson number two of Korean salons: You can’t go to your momma’s stylist.

javabeans: So what it ends up being is a lifetime of salon-hopping. And when you find your holy grail, you cling to it like manna, and also, don’t tell anybody about it so they can’t horn in on your big secret.

girlfriday: Thanks for being part of the problem.

javabeans: Well duh, you can’t just give it away.

 
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I am all for long hair! The longer, the better!

I am old fashioned like that ^_^

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In the quest for the perfect salon and hairstyle, please do keep in mind that you are looking at photos.
Photoshopped photos.
And those actresses (probably) don't ever have a bad hair day XD

(I'm sorry, am I making your life harder? XD )

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Same here, I guess it helps my case that I live in India where long hair is not considered old fashioned. And I my hair crosses my a** its so long. I always thought whats the big deal when people around me complained about hair, but I guess not everbody is blessed with good hairs. Mine are strong shiny it even has twice volume than normal people. I hardly ever have a bad hair day.. I guess I should thank my grandma for all those tel malish(oil massage)

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Yeah right? I am from India as well. And after a life time of having hair till just below my shoulders I finally decided to grow it further. Now they are at waist length n the number of complements I get have increased exponentially!! Indians are weird that way!! Regardless styling, especially updo's, have become difficult to carry... So might return to the base!! :-)

Ps: nice to see Indians here!! Kdrama's have surely gone global!!!

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finally!! some fellow indians!.....i was beginning to wonder if i was a rare species! ;-)

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yay!! hi fellow brownie k-drama addicts =)
But I hear you about finding a decent hair stylist....it's the same story for indians...I live in NY and although hair salons are dime a dozen around here, its so hard to find someone who isn't scissor happy....
The struggle is real

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Hello fellow Indians!
To be honest, it's been an year or two since I went to get my hair cut xD

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I didn't grow my hairs until recently too! Upto 2011 I had shoulder length hairs and then I shifted to Chennai where longer the hair the better. So I started growing it. After coming to Delhi recently I too am contemplating cutting my hairs.

about the kdrama gone global its so true! In chennai only I met the first person apart from me who knew kdramas.

PS: how did you get introduced to kdramas, Mine is an interesting story, Where all credits go to Pritam the music composer and his 'pehli nazar me' debacle, I just searched it on whim and came across Delightful girl choon hyang

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Wow. So many desh waasi's. Sur u sure started somethin here!!!
I got my k addiction through YouTube!! Was watching an anime called Prince of tennis when goong (aka princess hours)came up in related videos!! Found it quite interesting visually.(unlike Bruce Lee type Asian cinema I thot still existed ;-))so watched coffee Prince next( also eun hye drama).. And that did it!! No turning back since!! Its been yrs!!

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OMG!! So gud to see many indians. My addiction with Kdramas also began with Pritam's "Pehli nazar mein" which led me to watching Delightful Choon Hyang:-)

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About 8 months ago i started to get weekly hair oil massage from my Pakistani stylist due to my thinning hair caused by perimenopause. Now my hair is shinier and thicker too!

If i cannot get to her, i do it myself but her head massage is so much better than mine.

Getting a stylist that knows your hair takes time. It took my Pakistani stylist about 3 years before she got used to yhe texture and volume of my hair to trim it right - does not help hwe that one side of my hair is somewhat thicker than the other!

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Wow! Many fellow Indians! LOL... On the contrary I have thin hair with maybe 40% grey. I am not 30 yet! I tried 'tel malish' but it made the hair fall worse...so I have short pixie haircut with uneven fringe (shorter version of Kim So-Yeon's hair style in the last thumbnail). Short on the left and long on the right side. G-Dragon anyone?!
Short hair is manageable so go for the short and yes being an Indian short hair is frowned upon. Here we have a very well defined and widely accepted stereotype- women= long waist length hair= true feminine beauty.
It doesn't help even if I am of Mongoloid (Tibeto-Burmese) race.

Lee Da Hee and Kim Min Hee's hairstyle looks feminine and manageable. Short is always manageable and even looks smart and fresh all the time.

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.... I think Actress-CFQueen like Jeon Ji-hyun, Suzy, Yoona, Park Shin-hye will never messing up their hair. Errr except Shin-hye maybe, that was during her drama YAB..

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I've noticed that when Korean actresses do short hair for a crossdressing role (Yoon Eun-hye in Coffee Prince, PSH in You're Beautiful), they NEVER go for a pixie cut or any cut that's actually super short.

It's always a borderline bowl cut situation with lots of floppy hair....probably easier to grow out into a more 'feminine' hairstyle once they're done with their dramas.

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I went for a pixie, i end up looking like a goblin. *wahhh*. (Thats me crying)

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I feel your pain ladies! I'm African American with natural hair...but not in a big city. If you find someone that can keep your hair healthy AND stylish its a rare treat. But you don't really want to share the secret so you don't have to fight for appointments lol.

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I have been wanting to cut my hair short because of the heat, but couldn't do it anyway because my hair takes forever to grow! I don't want to risk cutting my hair only to end up looking horrendous and having to wait years for it to grow back.

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Oh my gosh, these are the thoughts I have in my head every time after a haircut! Sure, my hair may look like Tiffany's but my FACE doesn't. I sometimes half expect my stylist to hand me a business card for a plastic surgeon for the many times I've been disappointed that the look just wasn't all the same. I'm glad I've grown out of it and started working with what I've got. Yay for growing up!

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If I may be allowed to put in my 2 cents, there's nothing that I like better than a simple ponytail that kinda goes up before it goes down. Don't know if what a guy likes is relevant here.

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I think your 2 cents are allowed because it's always cool to get a male's perspective.

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Can someone help? What is the name of the actress in the 3rd row far right in the very top set of pics above? Thanks.

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That's Jung Yumi.

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Thank you.

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Yeah, finding the perfect hairstyle for yourself is hard especially if you have a round face like myself. In fact, just last week i finally mustered up the courage to chop it and dye it pink after like 4 years

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I always want short hair when I have long hair, but the moment I cut it, I miss my long hair. And I don't even do anything with my hair because it has a mind of its own and does whatever it wants. It's a losing battle that I've long accepted.

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i'm the white chick that just gave up.

my hair is thick in both strand and volume...and i always wear long. i let it get to waist length even. it was taking hours to blow dry or a whole day to naturally dry. and that's when i just gave up on salon's, stylists, blow dryers and did the most craziest thing...i ponied up.

http://tiny.cc/p7zmjx

i put my hair in a pony tail on top of my head
braided pony tail and tied it off.

and then...i cut the pony tail off. ALL 26.5 inches !!!

as crazy as it sounds, the 'new do' actually looks pretty good. i now sport a layered look that is shoulder length.

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Good for you, Awe! That is a very brave act for many and for such a great cause. I applaud you!

I would regularly donate my hair to Locks of Love.

http://www.locksoflove.org/

My hair is pretty long at the moment but I am planning to 'harvest' it for another donation soon. Rather than being swept up and put in the trash, it has a wonderful new use. :)

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waiting:

way to go...locks of love is such a great charity!

and you are too kind to call me brave for chopping off 26+ inches of my own hair. thank you. it felt like a crazy but right thing to do.

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Once I asked for a Lee Da Hae perm (circa My Girl era)
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Needless to say I looked nothing like Joo Yoo Rin and perhaps never will :'(

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Here the black-latina putting her two cents in.. I decided today that I was going to cut my hair short and let it grow naturally.... I'm very afraid of the decision, because I love my long hair, but between the heat wave (it's been constantly in the high 90's, humid and sticky-welcome to PR) and the fact that in less than two years I will be student teaching (which means no crazy hair cuts or crazy hair colors) I need to make a change of hair.... But the saddest part is; will the hairstyle (and hair color) will go with my face (will it make my huge face even bigger, or will I look like the crazy biddy that picks up trash in the neighborhood...?) So for now, I'm just going in to get a consultation. So in other words this post really made sense to me.

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Black girl here too ! *waves* the last time I wanted a cut I did a sew-in weave and had them cut that. It was a low risk way to find out of the style would suit my face and when I missed my longer hair I just took the weave out.

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That sounds like a plausible option, but the problem is I really can't afford a weave... It's way out of my budget right now... I talked it out with my mom and for now I'll get the consultation, if I decide to risk it, even if it does not work out at least I tried.... Thanks for the advice!

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Babs, is there maybe a wig shop near you? Maybe you can try a few wigs on and see what may look good then snap a selfie of one you like. That is no cost and low risk AND you'll likely have a few good laughs as well. :)

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I like this option, I dont know if there is a wig store near by (in Puerto Rico not a lot of people use wigs) but I might be able to go to a theater store and try a few, to see what it would look like, plus it would mean free fun for moi!! ;)

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I'm a blatina as well....had a relaxer since i was 5 til after college and moved to an area where i wasn't sure about the salons. guess what happened. all my relaxer grew out..i lived in ponytails for a long time and then eventually cut it off the relax parts...then i didn't have the many resources that youtube provides. but yeah there might be an awkward stage but it will be short time frame depending how fast your hair grows. since i have really dense hair and a tighter curl, a youtuber called napturals85 helped alot because she has videos from the time she cut her hair til now which is super long. i grew my hair out past my waist line and then cut it short...well short for me was shoulder length.and now my hair is down my back but you cant tell because of my curl pattern...at the end of the day you need to remember to treat it as fun and that you can always grow is out...and there is always GEL!!!

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I definetly will cut it.. I've had my hair relaxed since I was 4.. (I'm now 25) but I'm tired of having to use rollers, blow dryer, flat iron.. All these stuff that takes time (which as a college student does not have)... For now I KNOW I'll cut the hair, the only question is the length and what color I will dye it... I want to have fun before I have to become the serious teacher... Thank you ladies for the advice and all the good stuff! =)

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*definitely

Oh and the Gel advice, classic!!!

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oh my gosh this is exactly what i'm thinking about right now (the getting the haircut thing)... and of course literally the first thing i search on google images is go ara's hairstyle from you're all surrounded.......

i made the appointment for next week. we'll see how it goes. i literally have not done anything exciting to my hair for a long time.. it's really literally asking friends (or my mom) to just chop it straight a bit. i've really had long hair since forever..

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First time in my life, I went with a photo and then it looked nothing like that.. I learned my lesson. Now I just go for the standard this cut.

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Must be something in the air... I woke up the other day and wanted to cut my hair. So before the husband woke up, I chopped it off myself. When he saw he was like... wth... After he was fully awake I asked him to even out the back, it looks okay in a pony tail.

I hate taking my hair in to the salon because it's so thin. I can never justify the money I pay to cut 2 strand of hair.

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Personally I like my hair short and no longer than shoulder-length. When it does grow long I find it difficult to maintain and annoying, and I just end up tying it up in a bun or something.

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Hmmm, should I look for excellent hairstylist who could turns me to Son Ye Jin or surgeon first? LOL. Me, woman, and her never ending dilemmas.. I'm all for off shoulder length hair. Sadly mine is not as wavy as SYJ.

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I started going to a stylist that was married to my coworker. She was fantastic! Then my coworker went gay, had an affair, and dumped her. I haven't been back since. I don't think it would be a problem, but I don't want someone thinking about their cheating ex standing over me with scissors in their hand...

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Sounds like a plot for a drama! hahaa

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<3 <3 this odds and ends cause Korean hairstylists are amazing. I mean for my experience, the haircuts are always pretty. Summer is always a good season to get the haircut done.

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Glad to know that I'm not alone in this pursuit for perfect hair. I'm always a short hair girl; the longest my hair has ever gotten is just reaching the tops of my shoulders. And the dilemma for girls with short hair, as compared to girls with long hair, is that I look drastically different after cutting my hair and fringe. Since I'm not a frequent hair-salon-hopper, I usually cut my hair and bangs to a really short length, so it will take at least 3 months before another salon visit. Well, it didn't make sense to me to go the hair salon every few weeks just to cut a few cm of my hair just so that I can maintain my short hairstyle. And then when your hair grows out, you look like this shaggy hairy dog -.- Any tips for girls with short hair?

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@javabeans
where did you get your hair cut in LA?
better question: WHO?

I'm moving to LA in a couple of weeks for college and I am in need of a Korean salon...desperate need

ANY AND ALL RECOMMENDATIONS

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Seriously, I'm already in LA and desperately searching, searching, searching for a good stylist. Yelp usually is fantastic, but it's failed me. I've gone to two places in Little Tokyo, and neither were satisfactory despite great Yelp reviews. First one gave a bad version of a good haircut. The second gave me a cut that's trendy but not me.

So, please.

I need a salon that will listen to me.

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Is it me or does everyone have this problem too...i get my hair cut and it nice...that very first day..then welcome to hair hell.

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Nope, you're definitely not alone. No matter what they say about fab salon styling products, I can never re-create the salon look at home!

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Yup, that's me - good the first day, then I wake up with a sideways mohawk the second day, and have to wash out all the hairspray.

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Haha!!

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If you need a Korean hairstylist in London: Hurwundeki. Definitely not for ajummas.

It's an awesome place. I haven't had my hair cut there personally (I'm a long-hair person and I just have my mom trim it), but some of my friends have. I just go for the food.

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OMG!! Words and disappointments right out my mouth and heart. When I moved out of LA, I always wanted to go back to my stylist. But now that I am back, all I can think about is my wonderful stylist back in Korea. She was amazing. Sigh. Back to finishing a stylist back in LA.

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Daing it!! I meant finding not finishing.

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My high school best friend's mom was a great stylist, and she spoiled me so bad! She saw me all the time, and saw exactly how I (mis)treated my hair, and gave me flattering, easy to maintain cuts all the time for free! Then we graduated, and various moves happened, and I was up a creek, but around Christmas I totally lucked out! I stumbled across a fabulous Korean woman in one of the nearby salon studio thingies! She majored in makeup in South Korea, and has a masters from the US, and is soooooo skilled and is happy to run her own little hair cutting place and be her own boss and only employee! I'm looking forward to my next haircut, but I have to wait for my hair to grow and the funds to stack up...

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rewarding myself with ice cream for knowing all the actresses on the picture.

i want hair as long as Jeon ji Hyun's but it's taking soooo long >.<

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tiny:

may i offer some advice coming from a person who chopped nearly 27 inches of my own hair off?

1- wear your hair braided and often. especially during sleep time.

2- when braiding, make sure your hair is slightly damp, not wet, and braid tight.

3- nix all heating apparatus: blow dryers, irons, etc. over time, heating apparatus causes hair to be brittle, thus hair becomes easier to break off.

4- once a week, apply a coconut conditioner. mix 1 tbs coconut oil to about 1 cup room temp or warm water. then dip fingers in and apply/massage scalp and hair. it helps if hair is slightly damp. i do this while watching dramas. leave conditioner in for at least 8 hours. i usually braid my hair after conditioning.

good luck.

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wooow thank you! i already do the coconut thing but not as often.

may I know the reason for braiding? :)

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Maybe I'm just the only chic who doesn't care about her hairstyle. I often told my stylist to cut short only, no other instructions.

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I am an advocate for short hair. I've had short hair almost my entire young life - not just because of the terribly humid tropical weather where I'm from, but because I believe in making a statement against traditional perceptions of beauty that long hair is the most 'beautiful' and 'sexy'.

*feminist rant over hahaha*

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Every other year I pamper my hair at a Korean salon. I would want to go every month if it wasn't so darn expensive and 50 kms away! My hair is very very thick so I can't have it short- that's just trouble as I hate doing my hair every day.

Now I've been contemplating for too long whether to get an ombre dye...while I've never dyed my hair before and it's black.
I was always too timid to bring a celebrity picture to a hair salon, maybe it's about time... I want a typical summer haircut and colour.

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Interestingly, my stylist, as young-at-heart as she is, is nearing retirement. She has been pretty good about keeping up with what's in, what's out and the cutting and coloring techniques to achieve desired looks. ...... However, she's over 70 and feels that it's almost time to go.

While that day isn't here yet, I know it'll be here sooner rather than later. ....... Reading this post reminded me of how I'm already dreading the "new stylist search."

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I'm a black girl with really short hair, so hair styling dose'nt pose a dilemia to me because if i want long hair I fix a sew in weave and if I want short hair I sport my natural hair

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I hear you all. Two years I lived in the states, no one came anywhere near my hair. I lived w ever growing hair n made do w my own snips n trims to make it somewhat wearable.

So when I came back to Asia I found someone so good that I go in now n say do what you want. N I read my mags without nary a look in the mirror in anxiety. N it looks really fine.

So. Now I'm thinking maybe I should never move again. Or else I need to convince my stylist to move as well. Cos even in Asia there are bad stylists. =='

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I can so identify with the 'too long between salon visits' issue. I also feel a bit apologetic every time I go to local salons, they have no idea how to deal with the amount and texture of my hair (think Ha Yeon-soo in Monstar, only with more frizz) so it's easier to just stuff it out of sight in a bun/braid until better weather.

(I swear, braids are the best reason to have long hair)

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Truth be told when you find a great stylist the first thing they would do is tell you to throw those celebrity photo's away. Reminding you that they don't look that awesome all the time either.

Then they would concentrate on finding the hair styles that best suit you, and if they are really good they might throw in some make up tips as well.

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My hair is perfect. People come up to me almost every time I go out and tell me what beautiful hair I have. It is all about the shine and the glow. They always ask what I do to it and I can tell they don't believe me, but it is just that I eat an egg at least every other day.

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I've always wanted to cut my hair in a bob hairstyle but always didn't go through with it whenever I needed a new hair cut because my hair takes forever to grow back. Then finally cut it into a Bae Do Na bob hairstyle. Best tip before getting your haircut try to find a face shape similar to yours in celebs then you know it will turn out ok, as it suits your face type.

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Firstly, yes you need someone who understands your hair type. Its pointless if this fundamental rule is broken.

Next, and almost as important, you are looking for a stylist who both able to sculpt you as a fantastic artefact and one that makes YOU look desirable to [insert your preference here]. It is here that a great stylist will refine your brought in image to respond to your; face, personality and hair quality.

Too many stylist are ok at the sculpting. But the desirability level is the question. They are either in competition with you or too removed to see you in that way. Therefore it is difficult for them to make that leap from cutting hair to really giving you a style.

Yes we all hope for that day when we walk out of the chair and the positives totally outshine the doubts.

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i just cut my hair short (because of wings -- yes that girl group) and my friends said i look like an inverted onigiri.

but its liberating. and i like onigiris.

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I've always wanted to have Sooyoung's short hair in SNSD's Genie video. After a few years of debating whether to get it or not, I finally mustered up the courage to tell my stylist that I want her to do my hair just like Sooyoung's. My hopes were crushed when she told me right away that that specific hairstyle won't work with my hair type and face shape. :(

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That is a good stylist who can be upfront with u.

Hair styles need to work with hair texture n volume and shape of face. Hair colors need to martch skin tone.

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My hair just sits on my head and mocks me. I had a stylist years ago who I loved and trusted. Then she moved (betrayed me?)

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Small comfort JB, but the Rachel didn't look good on anyone except Jennifer Anniston. Trust me. And I'm a white girl who went to a Korean stylist. She asked me what I wanted; I said 'Well, I like your hair'. How did that go so horribly wrong?

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My hair resembles Hermione Granger's. It's thick, bushy, and I can't tame it. A losing battle. Finding a stylist I like has been a nightmare. The last time I had a good hair stylist was back in 2008, but she moved... so I've been salon-hopping ever since.

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The one and only big problem and difference between us and them (those celebrity) is THE STYLIST

They stylist know what have to do with their hair

Please stop comparing our face and hair style with the celebrity.
Because not every style looking good to us.

I wish i could hire one of celebrity stylist
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I go to the same hair-dresser as my wife. She takes forty minutes and buys special products from the hairdresser. I get a twenty-minute haircut and require no additional treatments. However, since we all live in the same small town, I get the same gossip for half the price.

American humorist Dave Barry has something classic to say on the advantage of being an American male. I realize that this does not apply to men in other cultures, and is countered by the other stereotype, also championed by Dave Barry, that American men are naturally shallow and rather stupid . . .

"Most men form an opinion of how they look in seventh grade, and they stick to it for the rest of their lives. Some men form the opinion that they are irresistible stud muffins, and they do not change this opinion even when their faces sag and their noses bloat to the size of eggplants and their eyebrows grow together to form what appears to be a giant forehead-dwelling tropical caterpillar . . . Most men, I believe, think of themselves as average-looking. Men will think this even if their faces cause heart failure in cattle at a range of 300 yards. Being average does not bother them; average is fine, for men."

This saves a lot of stress and expense.

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When my stylist retires, I am going to cry. She's the only one I've found who I can be all "I dunno, try something short" and then magic happens and I walk out looking fabulous (but still not looking like Shin Min Ah or Kate Beckinsale...what is up with that?)

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Speaking up for white girl problems!

I always had lots of hair, but very fine in diameter. Didn't hold a curl for shit, wouldn't do anything you asked it to - and noooooooo wave or anything at all, but still, somehow, not stick straight. Just lots of oddness around the hair line, so if it's short it all kind of curves to one side, that kind of thing.

I did tons of stuff over the years, trying. Maybe about 20 or so years, though (with small breaks) I've had a simple bob with bangs, cut so it curves in a bit at the ends . It's all my hair wants to do, and I could usually make it look ok, and everyone always complimented how shiny and smooth it was. Since I wasn't using chemicals and didn't need to dry it all the way, even hairdressers complimented my hair health. So I was relatively satisfied unless I saw a picture and got jealous.

Enter the aging process. My hair is now thinning (gonna try that oil massage thing!) although there's still plenty of it, so that's not dire. But the SILVER coming in. I tell myself at least it's not that gunmetal grey, and it looks nice against the dark hair...but the texture! It isn't the same and I don't know how to deal with those pieces and i have to stop myself from just shaving my head sometimes...

it's mostly around my face and I cannot stand tiny hairs touching my face. Ugh. *shivers*

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I hear u about hair that won't hold a curl or do anything u want it to do.

I am half Chinese and half Punjabi Indian - i always teasingly whined to my parents that i inherited wrong features from them!

My hair was somewhat think in volume but thin in texture and straight when young - i think this is from the Chinese side. I have to get a perm to get a curl as curlers or curling iron does not work.

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Talking about hair - I found myself marvelling at the thick hair Lee Jun Ki has while watching 'Joeseon Shooter' this past week.

Sometimes the guys get all the luck! So unfair.

I must say i have noticed that most of the Korean actors n actresses do have thick hair so much so that when i see one that does NOT I go 'Must not have eaten much kimchi while growing up!'

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Same thing for Jang Hyuk in Fated To Love You! Maybe the wrong haircut but his hair is great.

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Just this morning I was thinking the same thing! He has really nice hair and God, I can't even IMAGINE him dying it. Doesn't he seem too dignified for that mess, somehow? I love the natural dark color of his hair, I don't want anything to change!

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everyone's so funny! guess i'll jump into the discussion too.

i've had the same bob for 14 yrs now when i went to a new stylist b/c my stylist was out of town and the new one made my hair fall out. not sure what she did wrong but my stylist had to keep cutting my hair shorter and shorter until it stopped falling out. before then i was all about long hair but when this happened i realized i loved short hair & i've been doing 101 variations of the bob ever since.

sometimes i go super short, other times it's just above my ears, then other times it's below my ears. when i'm feeling cool i do an edgier spikey look. i also like to keep it assymetrical--but sometimes i let one piece in front grow really long for an exaggerated assymetrical look. other times i keep it shaggier all over. i get compliments all the time from everyone b/c although it's a standard bob, i change it often. i find it doesn't take long to grow out either so whenever i get bored i just tell my stylist to leave it alone for a few months so i can choose a new look. it's such a versatile style that anyone can wear that i recommend it to everyone.

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I'm a fan of a good bob too. Sounds like you really have fun with yours.

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When I first became addicted to kdramas, I was surprised by the uniformity of hairstyles worn by younger-generation characters. At least 80% of young female characters have long hair, usually without bangs, and almost always without layers. Rich young women nearly always have their long hair styled in loose waves, often over one shoulder. Interestingly, the lead female may deviate from this norm, but the second lead rarely does. And I'd say that a considerable majority of young male characters sport the long, asymmetrical, side-swept bangs look. These looks are very attractive, but the degree of conformity to them is a bit worrisome.

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Yeah i totally get what your talking about....i spent half my life salon hopping until i found one that i can depend on since i'm not so big on taking risks with my hair and face...so after i found this one i stuck to'em although i still only cut my hair once a year or once every 2 years....i LOVE my hair to be long.....and as for taking pics to the salon i never really believed anyone can be so good as to actually copy the pic AND make me look good in it so not gonna try it...let them do the thinking :p

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I'm the very few lucky ones who have found the perfect hairdresser for me. :] The hairdresser cuts/perms both my parents hair in addition to my hair, so she knows where I get my curly, thin, and voluminous hair from (a little bit from both my parents) and how to make it look its best.

I've been alternating between straight "magic perm" and slightly curly perm hair, always long, past my shoulders, every summer(that's when I get my haircuts), but recently got my hair slightly-straight permed and cut short (a bit lower than my ears) and I love it! :D

I totally panicked when I heard my hairdresser was getting married at Korea, but thank goodness, she and her new husband is already back and planning live around here.

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