I’m sure it’s happened to most of us. You go to a strange hairstylist that you’ve just met for the first time, you give them a general idea of what you want and you end up looking like a butchered barbie doll.
I assume this happens more often in Hong Kong than anywhere else, thanks to the extreme differences in taste, but personally speaking, this happens to me every, single time I get a hair cut, no matter where I am. It’s like I’ve got this curse against having good hair.
Anyway, for those of you who have had the misfortune of having your hair lopped off or destroyed by your now mortal enemy, I’m here to tell you that there is hope!
You basically have three options:
- Hair growth/strengthening shampoos and conditioners – These claim to strengthen your hair to minimize hair loss and promote healthy growth. Although they aren’t proven to make your hair grow faster, they do make the hair you have pretty strong and shiny! Try the Japanese brand 2001 Elence, Mane n’ Tail (my personal fave), or Jackie Chan’s stuff if you’re really desperate.
- Clip-in hair extensions – For the commitment-phobic, clip-in hair extensions can give you a temporary solution while your real hair grows out. Ranging from curly to straight to even clip-in bangs, you can find them at City Super at TST/Times Square in the cosmetics section, in Mong Kok ladies market and in the Ginza mall in Causeway Bay.
- Real hair extensions – Read on…!
If you are considering real hair extensions, you first need to decide whether you want them attached with glue, micro-beads or braided. Glue is the cheapest but may come out more quickly, beads are clamped to your hair and relatively painless but some people can feel them while sleeping, and the braiding method is the best but costs the most!
Where to get them done?
A typical salon will charge you at least HK$2000 for the basic methods and upwards of HK$4000 for the braiding method, but you can actually get it for much cheaper in various small shops of Mong Kok and Causeway Bay ~around HK$300!
One place I’d recommend is Fong Fong (not just because of the name, hehe) which is at 152 Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mong Kok across the New Town Mall (exit D1). Don’t be afraid of its sketchy appearance, many stylish HK girls go there to do their nails and hair extensions for way cheaper than your typical salon. The place is run by an endearing family (Mom, Daughter and Grandma) plus two sex-crazed poodles who are engaging in way too much activity!!
Hope this helps!