Wednesday April 11th was a holiday here in Korea. Everything was closed so that people could go out and vote!
|What is this mess??|
After I was finished she started braiding my hair. She had a stinky face the whole time. She started talking to her sister is an African dialect and then she came over to look at my hair.
When she was finished sewing in the weave she flat ironed the front left side and right side twice and that was it. I looked in the mirror up at her and asked her if she was going to curl it. You know like the style that I came in to get and showed you in the picture??
She looked back at me through the mirror and said curl it how? I took a deep breath and channeled the Buddhist monks that I did a temple stay with in January. I’m not gonna be rude I told myself. My friend that suggested this place did tell me that I can have a Korean hair salon curl and cut my hair afterwards. So I just thought about that and proceeded to ask her the damage.
This lady whispered 140,000 won. I rubbed my temples and then looked at my weave again. I looked at the invisible part she made and pointed out the exposed tracks. She came over to me and used a comb to swoop the front of my hair. She then told me I could part it in different directions.
Hmmm OK…but the style I showed you had a middle part which is why you put this “invisible part” in my hair in the first place.
I looked at myself in the mirror with a blank stare – _-
|Yup I know…I looked a hot mess.|
I just said OK and reached for my hair pins and pinned my hair up into a bun. I paid her and left the shop. Of course I laughed at myself as I walked down the street to find a taxi back to the train station. By the time I got in the taxi my hair pins had slide done my neck. This hair was so cheap and silky that it could not be held up.
I laughed at myself again and thought “yea this is what I get for frivolously spending” .
On the train ride back to Ulsan I had a major headache. Actually that headache continued for 3 days. When I got to Ulsan and I found the Korean salon my friend suggested and went to curl my hair. Yes! I left the African hair salon with a weave just to go get it curled at a Korean hair salon…smh
She did a good job though. But it was so humid that night that by the time I got home all the curls were gone.
Thursday morning for work I wore a hat. And I took 3 pain killers throughout the day for my head ache. It was a combination of burning and throbbing.
Friday morning I decided to wear “it” out. I made Goddess braids on the sides and curled the back. I left later than usual because I was doing my hair. I haven’t experience this in years since becoming natural ha ha. Everyone at school had something to say about my new hair style. Again I took some pain killers for the ache.
Saturday during the day I wore “it” in a fringe braid. I thought OK maybe I can keep it in until the end of the month. The pain will go away once the cornrows grow out and loosen up. And I look forward to the new growth! Still trying to be positive.
Right now I’ve just been wearing a head scarf. Any manipulation of my hair makes my scalp scream. So I’m just letting it breathe and heal.
But now because some of the ignorant people here can’t stop gawking at a brown girl in a head scarf, I think I will wear my knit caps for the rest of the week.
Woe is me.
Nooo don’t feel sorry for me. It’s my own fault. I’m a traveling natural, what was I thinking getting a weave!!!!
The ironic thing is that Koreans dominate when it comes to the black hair care industry and I can’t really go anywhere hair to get my natural hair done. Its best just to stick to my regimen and take care of my hair myself.
A lesson learned!