I spent a long time looking for a Western haircut in Chiang Mai. I actually only dared to have a haircut twice whilst I was there. This was partly due to a deep-set fear of hairdressers from my past (why do they never listen to what you want?) and also my understanding of the differences between Western and Asian hair – which is HUGE. Eventually, I did find the perfect salon, and I wish that I had found it sooner!
Western vs. Asian Hair
For those of you that don’t know: our Western hair is fine, dry and weak compared to the thick, oily, luscious hair of the Asians. They don’t necessarily need to use conditioner on their hair due the natural oils, whereas if I don’t use conditioner there is absolutely no chance that I will be able to get a hairbrush through it. So naturally, I was terrified of going to a Thai hairdresser and thought for a long time about where to find a place that could do a Western haircut in Chiang Mai.
Initial Disaster when trying to find a Western Haircut in Chiang Mai
The first time I went to a salon in CentralFestival mall, thinking that as the mall was very Westernised, that they would have a large Western clientele. I was wrong, and they didn’t use conditioner, tried to cut me into a pixie style, and razored my hair after I had been growing it bluntly for over a year. Massive disaster, so don’t go there.
Success on Finding a Western Haircut in Chiang Mai
Fortunately, my second haircut in Chiang Mai was the complete opposite of my first disaster! On the recommendation of a friend, I took a trip to Newyork Newyork Hair Studio on Soi 13, off the popular and trendy Nimmanhaemin Road. They use Aveda products, and all know exactly how to treat Western hair. I felt like I was in a salon back home as I was having my hair washed with beautifully scented products, surrounded by hair stylists with totally fantastic and creative hairstyles. My hair was cut efficiently and perfectly, and then blow-dried straight. To make the whole experience better, it came to a total of around 500 baht (about $15), which is music to the ears of any Westerner who is used to paying upwards of $45 for a haircut!
What services do Newyork Newyork Offer?
Not only does the studio offer haircuts, but they also do styling, highlights, perms, and treatments. On top of this, they are also a beauty salon, so you can have waxing done, or get your make-up and nails done whilst they do your hair!
All in all, the experience was amazing, and I only wish that I had found them when I first moved to Chiang Mai. If you are looking for somewhere to get a Farang, white person, or western haircut in Chiang Mai, then look no further than NewYork NewYork Hair Studio, I highly recommend them!