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Dreadlocks in South Korea

Updated: Apr 19, 2022

How I found someone in South Korea to do my hair...

I looked in the mirror.

I didn't come to South Korea with high hopes of finding a black hair salon in 군산시 (Gunsan City). I didn't even come with the hopes of finding black hair products. So, I brought my own. There's plenty of things you can buy abroad that you don't need to bring with you, but black hair products don't always fit in that category.

Before leaving home I got a versatile style that would last me a while. There are a lot of moving parts when moving to a new country and taking one thing off your plate in the process can make a big difference. Doing my own hair is not something I look forward to. If there's one thing I'll drop 80 beans on it's this scalp.

In many parts of the world, black hair is still a mysterious thing. People are often fascinated and intrigued by the versatility and pure magic that is our kinky naturalness. Maintaining that world wonder is another story especially when living abroad.

After being in Korea for about 3 months it was time. My new growth was turning into a mini fro and it was getting hot so sweat... I looked into getting my hair done by another expat in the country, but the unreasonable prices and distance from my small city made that a quick no. Folks wanted me to pay more to get my hair done in someone's kitchen that I do to at an actual salon in the States with my trusted beautician? No, thank you.

That was disappointing, but I couldn't put it off any longer even though I wanted to so one Saturday morning I began the process. It took me a day to wash and retwist. Yes, I took many multi-hour breaks. My neck almost broke from the weight of my wet hair tryna wash it in the shower. The next day I styled it into the bob you see. Who told me to try a new style on my own??? I'm considering retwisting and styling an arm workout.

Living abroad sometimes means having to be extra resourceful and finding ways to do things yourself. From making some of your favorite foods to getting your hair done. There may not be a place to get what you want so you can either do it yourself or go without. In this case, I chose the former.

Not having to do my hair everyday or every week is a blessing, but still... Doing my own hair? Overrateddddd. All jokes aside, I DID THAT. Just know I will be calling my hairstylist the minute I get back in the States.


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