Thursday, April 29, 2010

The one where debbie gives a shout out to her favorite tranny...

Today was a holiday here in Japan....Showa Day....the start (for many if they take tomorrow off also) of Golden Week (which is really only 3 days, but this year we also have Saturday and Sunday so it's Golden almost Week ).
Today, I treated myself to something I only do 4 or 5 times a year.  I wish I could do it more but...some things don't work out that way.
I got a haircut.
I know you may be saying to yourself, "It's a haircut,'s not really that big of a deal."
And depending on where you go, it might not be, but...where I go?  It's a treat.

When I first sit down in the chair, it's just like any other place in any salon in the States (or anywhere else, for that matter, possibly).
Then, a girl, who just started in March, brushes out my hair and says she'll wash my hair now...
and that, my friends,
is the beginning of the before mentioned treat part.
I walk to the sink area and have a seat in the chair....which looks like a dentist chair, actually...and the girl puts a very nice, fluffy towel over my legs...
....and the chair begins to recline....

Before she puts the little warm towel over my eyes,
this is the view I have:

(I tell the owner quite often that I can get her posters of some really sexy men to put up there...all she has to do is say the word, and they are hers.  She says she is thinking about this.)

Then the girl begins to wash my hair....and scrub my head...and massage my head...
and massage my shoulders...I think she might have even done a little ear cleaning, but honestly?
I tend to snooze a bit during all this.
And just for the record--I sat down in the reclining chair at 9:08....after the girl did all that stuff, wrapped my head in yet, another warm towel and I walked the few steps to the hair-cutting chair,
it was 9:31.
23 minutes of head heaven.
(Have I mentioned before how much I love a good head massage?)

So, I'm in the chair, verrrrry relaxed and the salon owner comes over "What are we going to do today?", to which I don't really have an answer...just something I had in mind...something kind of strange and since I don't really have the hair for the particular style I was thinking of but why not go ahead and let's cut it like that and see what happens.
I showed them this picture....
This is Ikko.
Ikko is a man.
In the entertainment world here in Japan, he is a very famous man.
He is a make-up artist (obviously!), stylist and he has written books and gives lectures all over Asia on beauty tips and fashion advice.  (The Korean women LOVE him!!)  He has his own line of cosmetics out.
Yes....look again....Ikko is a man.

He also has really great choices in wig styles.
And I want his hair.
Kawajiri-san (the salon owner who cuts my hair) is pretty much open to trying anything,
so she cut my hair in the same style as Ikko's.
And it really is, except, when it's dried and styled a looks pretty much the same as I always wear it.

(And no, I will not show you a picture of me slightly wet and can. do.)
Oh least I know what it is supposed to look like.  Oh, if I only had more hair!!
(Or a blond wig like Ikko has.....)

Funny thing I was, trying to look like him
and here he is....
trying to look like me....
....except I don't wear fur and I don't really look very good in brown!

I wonder if Ikko would give me the name of his wig place if I inquired?
Would I wear a wig, even if I had one?
Would you?


Moxy Jane said...

Ikko stole my bra size!!

Ah, 23 minutes of head-massage heaven...good for you, Debbie!! And I think the cut looks great. I like the longer, chunkier bits on the side.

I began to find haircuts much too stressful and tended to come home, cry, and then get out my scissors and redo everything. So, now, I just skip the coming home and the crying and stay at home and cut my own hair. I'd like to just go in for the shampoo and head-massage!!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

No wig, but I might do a partial some day if my hair gets any thinner.

My Vietnamese hairdresser does head massages in the Japanese style--that right there is a little slice of heaven.

You hair looks cute-and very "you."

Pretty Things said...

I'm sorry, I had to giggle at this post -- really well written!

I used to live in Korea and LOVED getting my hair cut -- the head massage and even hand massages while they did the hair! Divine. Although I'll bet it was cheaper in Korea than in Japan!

Nancy said...

A reclining chair and 23 minutes of head massage [ oh comon' you KNOW there is a nasty that should be said now] .... I would be in heaven!

You look WAAAAY better in your cut than Ikko!

You wear it well =)

Gina said...

Ikko is gorgeous and I'm pretty sure that there is a photo of him on the wall at the salon I take Taylor to. (the owner is Korean so maybe I'm right...) I don't actually get my hair cut there anymore because, like Moxy Jane, I find I'm happier to just cut it myself. At least then I'm the only one to blame and it didn't cost me any money to look this bad. I am a bit jealous of the 20 minute head massage though. Your hair looks fabulous Debbie and I'm so glad you got to have a nice relaxing day.

smalltownme said...

Waaah, I want my head massaged too. Would I wear a wig? Not for fun -- I am bugged by itchy scratchy things. But if I lost my hair? Probably.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Your hair looks gorgeous!

What a lovely peek into your day.

Also, let me know if you need me to supply an Adam Lambert poster for the ceiling. It would be the ceiling poster of choice for me, as you know. ;-)


Janet said...

ahhh I remember going to a hairdresser in nice!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I would give anything for 23 minutes in the shampoo bowl. I used to let the kids abuse my head/hair when they were toddlers...brushes, combs, clips, rubber felt so good, but my hair never looked as cute as yours!!!!
You look great!!!
I like it!! I like it!!

Shellie said...

Luv the new doooo