I got tired of my Hagrid-hair last week so I decided to get some re-bonding treatment at this well-known local salon. No, I won’t mention any names. They don’t pay me to plug them in my blog. And I am far from being a celebrity for anyone to care about people who mess up with my hair. But anyway, blame it on the Asian standard for beauty: long straight jet-black hair, skinny girls in skinnier jeans, porcelain skin (I may probably work on this if I didn’t love playing outdoor Ultimate too much) and all the other perks of a tropical (and mosquito-infested) country.
If you have been living under Maleficent’s spell for the past 5 years or so, hair-rebonding just happens to be the most famous hair treatment with the exception of those MJ perms. And if, horror of all horrors, you have not had a chance to try it out then here are some must-do’s!
1. First of all, women are known to suffer for the sake of beauty. Take the example of Queen Elizabeth and Barbie, they are treated like royalty yet they may never have known what it feels like to have love handles in their entire lifetime. Queen Lizzie may blame this on tight corsets and Barbie has the plastic factory to point out. So if you must have that re-bonding treatment for your hair, don’t expect them to handle your glorious mane with the least bit of affection. It will be pulled at, tugged, burned, and excessively shampooed.
2. A re-bonding treatment requires you to skip your faithfully constructed diet of leaves, nuts and egg whites. I learned this the hard way when I entered the salon at 10 in the morning and I finished at 4 in the afternoon. By all means, bring something to nibble on. I spent the morning smirking at girls lugging their McDonald’s meals into the salon. I counted the calories on each type of burger and the soda varieties they had on their lap. I felt powerful because I had the will not to succumb to the temptation of a Quarter Pounder! But when the clock struck 2, and my lunch was nowhere in sight, I may well have been the biggest loser!
3. Don’t forget to bring ANY form of amusement. You can bring a good book (something you swear you never have the time to read), a tech gadget with an endless play list, or your boyfriend (if he is funny enough). By the time I was done, I finished four issues of Cosmo, 2 ancient copies of Vogue and a not-so-recent article on Princess Diana.
4. Never argue with the person re-bonding your hair, especially when they happen to be wearing fake eyelashes and boa feathers. Unless you are looking for a fight or you want to end up with a receding hairline, spare your rude comments until after the whole thing is over.
Somebody got into a brawl with the hairstylist...
5. Follow the reminders and the strict instructions. Stay away from the shower. Don’t harass your hair with pins and scrunchies for a full month and you will be getting along just fine! Otherwise all the money you spent on this not-so-cheap treatment will just be going down the drain.
Just in case you don't know what a scrunchie is.
6. With great hair comes great responsibility. Nourish your hair with shampoo and conditioning creams, and once in a while…a dose of knowledge from a good book or a quick look at Wikipedia. Not all blondes are dumb and not all Asians with long straight jet-black hair happen to be academically inclined (I am being blunt because I am Asian and it pains me to use the word……dumb). In this case, it is the thought that counts!
You figure this one out...
7. Don’t forget to love yourself…Adore your stubborn kinky black hair. Be thankful for that big orange Julia Roberts mop on your head. Love every strand of your nearly artificial re-bonded hair!