Star East Hair & Beauty

New HaircutNew haircut! 🙂

I’ve been trying to grow my hair long since my last haircut. But long hair always got in the way, so I kept them braided most of the time. My friend Bonnie thought that was silly, “no one gets to see your hair when you kept them up. Time for a haircut!” Next Monday would be my first day at the new company. In order to ensure the picture showing on the badge looks nice, I took Bonnie’s advice and tried out a new hair salon in the City. “Ask for Joe Chang,” She told me, “he gave really good advice!”

Star East Hair & BeautyThe salon’s store front looked humble enough. Inside, every chair was occupied. I was a little early but was attended to shortly after I arrived. The owner, Joe, had a matter of fact air about him. He took one look at my hair and laughed, “when was the last time you had a haircut?” I gave a toothy smile, “A year ago? probably longer.” He shook his head, “I knew it.” I told him I don’t want to cut it really short. He agreed, “You are very tall. Too short would look strange on you.” That was exactly what Mi had said to me before. I nodded.

Joe suggested a layered cut in the front, and a V in the back. “For summer, it would look nice with a more natural look. ” He added. It was roughly what I had in mind. So I happily agreed.

The pleasant surprise came at the end, when he started straightening my hair. I’ve always wanted to try it. Whenever a girl passing by with the sleak and shiny straightened hair-do, you could almost always spot that curious longing in my eyes. “Your hair is curly and often looked thick and puffy. Hairdresser might have tried to thin it out. But the more they cut, the remaining ones became more curly, thus more puffy, because thinner hair is less heavy. Straightened look would look good on you, i think.”

I was smiling from ear to ear. 😀


Star East Hair and Beauty
(415) 666-0777
6148 California St(@24th Ave.), San Francisco, CA 94121
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Price: Haircut $35 + tip.
Call for a reservation. They are very popular and close on Sunday.

2 thoughts on “Star East Hair & Beauty

  1. I like long hair too but it just takes too much time to wash in the shower! 🙂

    After years of getting my hair cut in a local ten-dollar place, I found it quite comical to talk to the asian hairdressers in the Bay Area, they’ve got so many professional terms to describe my hair, such as “layers”, “straight perm”… They even promised me silky straight hair which wouldn’t grow into a mess in two months time, er, with the pricetag to match… But I’m such a cheapskate, a $35 dollar haircut would be star treatment for me. The “straight perm with layers and a bit of color” thing has got to wait… 🙂

    Jean’s Reply:
    My frequency of getting a haircut is about once a year or once every two or three years. So if i just average out the $35… It seems cheaper than a cup of coffee. :p haha. Just kidding! I think long hair is in general easier to maintain than short ones cuz i could get away with a lot more, it seems… but i understand your frustration with the long hair in the shower… Nothing is ever perfect. “when there is no hunter, there is no chicken either.” 🙁

  2. Oh by the way, nice haircut! Though I thought your previous hairstyle is just fine… 🙂

    Jean’s Reply:
    🙂 Thanks!

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