Friday, December 11, 2009


Lulu in Shanghai


Me in Shanghai

Gar and Deke wanted to visit the Shanghai Aquarium and Lulu and I wanted to visit the old French Concession, so we very bravely parted ways. Lulu suggested I bring a map and a clunky tour book with us, I scoffed at this saying "where's your sense of adventure?" and "we aren't the kind of people who need to follow a guide book." Plus I did not want to lug it around all day.

First stop was the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum set in an old mansion in the French Concession. This is a perfect spot for me, a museum plus an elegant old home. It seemed like everything in this museum was for sale, another plus in my book!

Second stop was a French crepe restaurant and it was actually brimming with chain smoking French businessmen, go figure.

Third stop was to find the long list of stores that I had circled in the clunky tour book. Lulu and I walked around for a couple hours. At every street corner I would tell her that things looked promising just a bit further down the street. When it started raining and we had not discovered any of the promising shops, Lulu declared that "we are indeed guide book people!" I believe this was accompanied by a glare.

Fourth stop was completely spontaneous, a chance to win over Lulu and her sense of adventure. I had taken off my glasses in the downpour, but I could see from across the street that there was a perfectly charming hair salon without any customers inside. I grabbed Lulu by the arm and dashed inside before she could start protesting. I had read volumes about Shanghai's famous shampoo service that included a head, neck and shoulder massage for less than $8.00!
The haze of cigarette smoke was a bit surprising and Lulu was glaring at me again, but we were going to have fun!

The service starts off with something called a dry shampoo. The stylists work a lather up in your dry hair and makes your head look like a giant Dairy Queen ice cream cone. After your hair is rinsed you receive a massage and the most vigorous Karate chops to your back, imagine Lulu glaring at me with watery eyes now.

I am now presented with a laminated card listing different services in English, so I have to retrieve my wet glasses. I manage to communicate that Lulu needs to have her bangs trimmed and I just need to have my hair blow dried. I can now look around the salon with my glasses on, oh my! I see things moving on the ground. I had to ignore the fight or flight response, our body's primitive, automatic, inborn response that prepares the body to "fight" or "flee" from danger. I put my glasses back in my purse. Two men with long pinky fingernails were introduced as our stylists.

Lulu ended up with a fabulous haircut, I was not quite as fortunate. For a very brief period I held the title of biggest hair in China! My coif reached some spectacular heights vertically and also broke some records horizontally. Finally, Lulu was smiling.

10 comments:

kitt said...

Sounds like you are having a fabulous time. Your post cracked me up. I'm glad that you have a sense of humor and that Lulu is happy.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

A hairstyle in China! You are a brave traveler indeed!

Sarah said...

That was a great read! What an adventure.

PJ Hornberger said...

Love those hairdos. I can almost smell the hairspray! Merry Christmas!

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Are you back home? I'm so confused but probably because my brain is hampered by extreme envy for such a wonderfully exciting trip just full of inspiration for a collector such as yourself or an artist like both of us! sigh I would even wear that hair to make such a trip!
I am terribly behind on blogs but wanted to drop in and leave some big wishes for a very blissful Christmas and Holiday season with you and your family. Can't wait to hear what's new and exciting as you hinted at in an earlier post!
marsha

Anonymous said...

我愛那些使自己的德行成為自己的目標或命定的人..................................................

Cha Cha said...

I'm sorry ... the ground was moving? As in, things scurrying around on the floor of the salon? I think we need more info on this one ...

Rebecca Ramsey said...

How cool! It sounds like you're quite the fun traveler. It's so great to just dive in!

you gotta wonder said...

Found my way here via Cha Cha. I'm in the process of recovering from jet lag having just returned from Kunshan (outside of Shanghai). My trips to China are for business. I'm enjoying reading your perspective as a tourist.

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