If you have hair like mine (western, dyed hair) it can be a bit worrying when you move to a country like Korea. How do you know which hairdresser to go to? Do they have experience with western hair? Especially dying fine hair?
When I first came to Korea and we were living in the countryside, I had some bad experiences with hairdressers. This wasn’t even for dying my hair, just a haircut! The hairdresser would automatically get out the thinning scissors and thin out my hair. My hair is already fine, it doesn’t need thinning out! Unfortunately there are many hairdressers in Korea who have no experience with nonKorean hair. My friends have had some dying disasters in Korea. It’s even harder if you are black, as the options are even more limited.
However, there are several hairdressers in Hongdae that are good with foreign hair. Today I want to talk about Dean who is at The Day’s Hair Salon in Hongdae. Dean reached out to me because is passionate about doing western hair and wants more and more experience. He offered to do my hair for me so more people will know about him.
It has been a while since I’d had my hair done (busy mum life) but I did want it a bit lighter, especially as we are coming into Spring and Summer.
This is the before:
Dean was super lovely and I was really pleased with how my hair was after. If you’d like to go to him at The Day’s hair salon the info is below:
In this video we head to HiSeoul Fashion Market which is a shopping event every 3 months and lots of designer clothes are discounted. It’s a great place to find the brands Kpop idols have worn. They helpfully have signs and point out which clothes they are. Hugh and I haven’t had time to go shopping lately, but with this collab video we were able to actually buy some new clothes!
There are lots of parks in Seoul and lots of great hidden spots. This one is in or near the World Cup Parks. There is a little stream that is great for kids to play in. It was actually my parents who discovered it while they were here, as they go out and explore the parks in Seoul. There was no one there when we went on a week day. Yul is getting big enough to enjoy playing in water so it’s a great place to go, especially as our local outdoor pool is closed for construction this summer.
National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (대한민국역사박물관)
We recently had a family day out and went to this museum. I hadn’t been before but I was glad that we went. It’s a great overview of Korea’s modern history. Although I was familiar with much of this history, it was interesting to see in a chronological order and to see artefacts from historical events.
Many people get interested in Korea through Kpop and Kdramas and don’t realise Korea’s interesting but sometimes very sad, past. In order to understand Korea now, it’s important to understand what has happened to Korea.
This museum is really easy to get to and the staff were so nice. Even finding Yul’s toy that he lost even though it was closing.
This is Hugh’s vlog from when his friends Ben and Laurens visited recently. They all met in Spain (though Ben is from Northern Ireland and Laurens is from The Netherlands) for some filming, which we can’t talk about until later in the year.
Usually our friends and family are all pretty familiar with Korea, even if they haven’t visited Korea, they have tried Korean food and usually know some Koreans. But Hugh was the first Korean Ben and Laurens had ever met, so it was their first time in Korea. They didn’t even know what kimchi was… hehe. Hugh had a lot of fun showing them around Seoul.
Hugh and our good friend Sara recently were filming for Arirang TV. As it was about showing all the things open during the night in Seoul, it unfortunately meant late night filming in freezing temperatures!
Hugh made a short vlog that shows the different places that are open 24 hours in Seoul.
Hugh vlogged this festival at a new culture space. It used to be an area for huge oil tanks, which the public couldn’t access for 40 years. The tanks have now been transformed into cafes and art spaces and the surrounding area into parks. There were also performances from Kpop group KARD and Megan Bowen had her fan meet up there.
I wasn’t able to go as I was still recovering from my c-section surgery but I definitely want to check out this park sometime later.