When we found ourselves waiting for hours at the SM mall in Manila until time for the bus to leave back to Bontoc, we decided to try again. We were able to find a place offering a shampoo and haircut for 120 pesos (under $3). The salon resembled one in the States except our hair was washed in cold water and you pay first. There was quite a bit of attention paid to us and many Barbie comments. I think Annalise had almost every stylist come and touch her golden hair. They were all women stylists so that was nice. Alexie got about 5 inches trimmed from her hair, Annalise 2, both just all one length. Adriana got a trim too. I just asked the stylist to follow the style she already had. Then for Alayna and I... I have worn my hair in the same style for several years. Nothing really complicated about it as it is cut to be all one length. But I was ready for something a bit different; nothing too drastic, about 4 inches shorter with a few long layers. Alayna has cut her own hair at least twice and we thought a few layers might help disguise the hair growing out from three years ago when she cut a few 1/4 inch bangs. If I had been in the States where English is spoken and understood, I would not have been concerned but I am not. So to help with the potential communication barriers I had copied a photo along with the instructions from the internet on the style we wanted. The trouble was this was in the backpack along with our passports that Thomas took to Immigration. He got back and the 2 of us headed back to the salon. I needed to go over and over what I wanted and showed the picture again and again. In the end there was only one stylist who could do what I wanted so we happily waited for her. She did a great job despite the fact she didn't seem to be too strong in English. We both got about 4 inches cut off and some long layers put in. It was quite an experience with about 3 other stylists watching as the stylist cut our hair. One said "You taught us a new hairstyle." So funny. Being the great mom I am I let Alayna get hers cut first so I could see how they did before I let them give it a try on mine!!
The final product