Science - September 29, 2005

Q&A / Where can I go for a cheap haircut?

It’s perhaps not the first thing you think about when arriving here, but after a month or two a look in the mirror might remind you, you need a haircut badly. But where should you go to get your hair cut? Cutting Asian, South American or African hair is different and most hairdressers in Wageningen seem so Dutch. Don’t despair, there are some places you can go to in Wageningen.

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It’s especially worth trying those where the owners come from abroad themselves, like Barzan. He is from northern Iraq and owns two hairdresser salons in the neighbourhood called Nude. The salons on the two corners of the row of shops there. Newroz is the one for men and No-Nonsense the one for women. Prices there are relatively very low. Male students pay nine euros for a haircut, women eleven. In most other salons expect to pay at least five euros more, in some cases as much as fifteen euros.

Both salons have experience in cutting non-European hair, as they have many international customers. Curly African hair is a special matter, and besides No-Nonsense there are a couple of other hairdressers (e.g. M&L and Joelle located in the Centre) that also have the right skills, although they advise customers to go to a professional Afro-hairdresser if they want more than just cutting or drying it sleek. Straightening or weaving especially take a lot of time and as hairdressers charge for time, it can get extremely expensive. It’s better to go to Afro-hairdressers in a bigger town like Arnhem or Utrecht, where they have more experience and therefore can do it quicker.

Another option of course is to do it yourself together with friends. Toko Indrani in the Salverdaplein has a good range of hair products. Besides many special waxes and shampoos, they also sell wigs, hair extensions and typical non-European hair products. Some of these can also be bought in the shop ‘African Delight’, located in the Bergstraat, next to Joelle hairdressers.

And if you can manage to wait another month, you will be able to go to an Afro-hairdresser at African Delight. An African woman, Elizabeth, took the shop over just two months ago. She sells cosmetics, but so many African people have come by and asked for special hair treatments that she is planning on starting a hairdressing salon next month with her sister and two friends.

These are just some tips for getting your hair done; there are lots of hairdressers in Wageningen with good skills. Just keep asking around. And be sure to ask the price before you take a seat, as they vary a lot from cheap to extremely expensive.

Laurien Holtjer

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