Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hair Cuts in Mexico - It's Not Pubes

If you're a newbie to Mexico or are still struggling with your Spanish this post is for you!  When I first moved here I truly struggled getting my hair cut the way I wanted it due to not only my lack of Spanish but my sweet husbands as well.  He doesn't know words like "layers" or "bangs" in English let alone Spanish bless him and so getting my hair cut was a big ole pile of trial and ERROR for quite a few years.  Below the video I've listed some helpful words that you can use and some hints on the culture of hair cutting here as well.  Last, I've posted some pictures of what a hair salon in your neighborhood MIGHT look like.  It's not Super-cuts but it works out great when you get down the lingo!  

Important to check out how to say "hair" and not "pubes" like I did for the first few years here.  *cough*




Words to use:

"Flecos" (flay-cos) = Bangs

"Capas" (cah-pahs) = Layers

"Cabello" (cah-bay-yo) = Hair.   You CAN use "pelo" (pay-low) but it's a word that people use as slang for pubes.  Not all the time, like, you can use it, but you might draw some smiles from people with minds of 12 year old boys - AKA - all my BFF'S. 

"Pintar" (peen-tar) = Color --->  "Quiero pintar mi cabello"  (I want to color my hair).   Note for this, BRING a picture of the color you want.  Don't try and wing it by asking for a "subtle red" as you WILL go home looking like a deranged fire hydrant.  

"Base" (bah-say) = Perm  - No judgement here.
   
"Alasiado permanente" (ah-la-see-ya-do  pear-mah-nen-tay) -  Chemical Straightening.  

"Planchar" (plan-char) = straighten with a flat iron

"Rayos" (rie-yos) = larger stripped highlights

"Luces"  (loo-says) = delicate highlights 

And last, a big tip, they always ask me how many "dedos"  (fingers) of length I would like cut off.  Like, holding up your hand horizontally and showing two fingers might equal an inch and a half or so. BUT GAWD NO.  They always end up cutting at least twice as much as you asked for.  Not because they're not intelligent or good people but ... I have no clue why, something cultural?  It just always happens and I've found that one should never use "dedos" as a reference.  Just SHOW them how much.  

In fact, what you should really do until you find someone that is able to understand you and work with you and that you will worship till the end of your days with love and adoration for cutting your hair right and thus ensuring 6 weeks of bliss, is to just bring a picture of EXACTLY what you want.  And no matter what they ask, just point to the picture and smile.  


This is where it goes down for me.  It's a house and there's a sign in the window and that's it.  If the gate isn't locked you just go up and go in, I always notice people knock first because, well, it's her house. 
The left side of the room, those stairs lead up to her actual living quarters (this space below is what would normally be her living room and kitchen, but she's working it and whatever living she's doing is happening up stairs. Go girl, get it.  The door with the green sign is a bathroom.
This is the right side of the room directly after the bathroom door. This is the amount of space in an average mid-size Mexican house, just FYI.  They almost always have T.V.'s with cartoons. Notice the t.v dates back to 1990, everything is fixable here.    

I quite like the circa 90's hair cut options for men and do believe I might lust after buzz-cut-thin-stache man for quite some time.  If you can't read it, the faded green sign on the bathroom door has a notice stating that if your kid has lice you must tell her before she begins the cut and to please not be shy about it.  And that if you don't tell her and she notices while cutting that she's going to charge you an extra 100 pesos (about 8 dollars).  *cough*  So there's that. 


Last, pricing.  This is an AVERAGE hair cutting place for the majority of the regular-income folks.  We do have fancier salons but this is what the majority looks like.  Pricing is 60 pesos (about 4 dollars USD) unless you come on Wednesday and then it's 40 pesos (about 2.60 USD)  Kids are cheaper.  

Welcome to Mexico, may your travels be delicious and your hair cuts be fabulous. 

- Gringa 



2 comments:

Yvonne M said...

Just asked my hubby if he knew how to say bangs....nope.. guess I would have to do sign and mime...lol..

Gringa-n-Mexico said...

Lollll no way, you've got the chart right here! :D