Having lived in Jakarta for almost a year now, I’ve come to understand a little bit more about the Indonesian culture and way of life. One of the things I’ve observed — there is a greater emphasis on outward appearance here as compared to my home country. Most Indonesians enjoy dolling/dressing up. And boy do they look good – nothing wrong with that.
For instance, back home, I’d be happy to buy groceries nearby in my oversized high school PE T-shirt, FBT shorts, and flip-flops (whilst crossing my fingers I don’t run into anyone). I tried it once here at the supermarket below my apartment and ended up getting weird frowns/stares. Okay I get the point.
Prior to a wedding dinner/party/reception/date night in Jakarta, it is common to drop by a hair salon to get your hair washed and blow-dried. You can even bring your favourite Hollywood star’s picture and show it to the stylist. Whether you’re going for a curly big look or straight flat look, rest assured he/she will get it done. (I’ve heard that some Indonesian tai-tais never ever wash their own hair, i.e. they visit the salon several times a week.)
So anyway, I decided to treat myself to a hair wash cum blow-dry last Thursday (disclaimer: I don’t do this often) since I had a reception to attend with Agent D and it was my birthday on Friday.
If you’re looking for a value for money hair wash and blow-dry in Jakarta, do check out Johnny Andrean. They have many outlets across Jakarta. I paid IDR 56K excluding tips for my recent hair wash and blow-dry at Johnny Andrean (Mall Ambassador) while most other salons in big malls charge between IDR 100K – IDR 150K.
In the left picture above, I paid IDR 140K to get my hair washed and blow-dried at one of the salons in Plaza Indonesia. In the picture on the right, I paid IDR 56K for the same service. Any difference?!
Well, one thing’s for sure — the more expensive hair salons use better quality shampoo and conditioning. Their seats are more comfortable too. When choosing which salon to visit for a blow-dry, bear in mind that the results also differ depending on the expertise of the stylist. 🙂
Very sadly, Freckles the kitty didn’t quite take a liking to my new va-va voom hair. She was curious at first, wondering why Momma’s hair suddenly became bigger.
And then she started attacking my hair, pulling at it with her extended claws and biting down hard on it. Silly Freckles must have thought IT WAS A BALL OF YARN hanging off me.
I was horrified/petrified/startled/aghast and tried to yank her away from my hair but to no avail. She’s growing stronger by the day as compared to 1 month back.
To Freckles the kitty, the yarn was loosening and it was so much fun!
Sigh. And so I went to the reception with a lopsided hair-do, straight hair on the left and curls on the right. Thankfully it wasn’t too noticeable, or at least I hope it wasn’t.
My First Birthday in Jakarta was…
A really low-key one this time (not complaining). Spent the day with some Singaporean ladies over a lovely Japanese lunch at Akira Back + fun board games. I deliberately didn’t tell them it was my birthday so it was like any other normal day. 🙂
Agent D and I were supposed to go out for a simple dinner that night (we had actually celebrated our anniversary and my birthday together earlier in the week). But then I received an impromptu message from Christian in the afternoon, asking if we were free for dinner that night. Well, WHY NOT of course. 🙂
And so I celebrated my birthday in the company of Agent D and both Christian and Sasha, one of the first few friends I knew before coming to Jakarta.
Thanks for making time to meet up with us, guys! ❤
And now I’ve officially entered my last year as a twenty-something. *aging woes*