Getting a haircut in Korea, with zero Korean skills

I can read and write Korean at a painfully slow pace.  My comprehension and speaking skills are low.

And I definitely have no clue how to ask for a haircut in Korean.

But when your hair gets shaggy it’s time to bite the bullet.  I went to a hair cut chain called Leechard Pro Hair.  Don’t know what Leechard means but it seemed busy so I figured it couldn’t be too terrible.

Since I already have short hair I knew cutting my hair too short wouldn’t be an issue.  There wouldn’t be any “oh I just want a trim” and then they cut off eight inches because I don’t have eight inches to begin with.

It was swanky by my standards.  They take your coat, offer you coffee and juice, make you sit down on comfy leather stools.  I’m not sure if every haircut chain in Korea is like Leechard, but if they are, I can see why they have loyal customers.

After they sat me down in the lobby, one man came over with a clip board and asked me some quick questions in Korean.  All I could make out was “cut” and “style” and I said yes, hoping I did not just agree to dye my hair pink.


I’m sure you could call and make an appointment but I just walked in and only waited 5 minutes.

A staff member guided me over to the lady who would actually cut my hair, and I showed her a picture of what I was hoping for.  I just pointed to different parts of my hair and said “shorter.”

Language barrier aside, she knew what she was doing.

After she cut it, another woman came over and took me to the hair washing room.  She washed and conditioned my hair and brought me back to the lady doing the cutting.

This place was efficient.  They didn’t leisurely chat and take their time while cutting hair.

Once my hair was washed, I got it dried and styled.  And this was all happening while the hair washing woman was dusting loose hairs off my face with a giant make up brush.

The lady who actually cut my hair gave me her card and then the staff bowed 90 degrees as I left.  I felt so fancy.

Oh and it was all only 16,000 won or $16.


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