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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cheap and fast haircut in Taipei

How I got my hair cut in no time for almost no money


Few days ago it was time to get a new haircut, because I was starting to grow a mop up there. My girlfriend and I went out to have a look around our neighborhood in order to find a good and affordable hairdresser. I'm actually very particular, when it comes to these things. Being a loyal customer, I usually choose one parlor and visit it regularly. In Taiwan's big cities, there are three things you will see almost on every corner: Food stalls, convenience stores and hair salons. It's amazing how many of the latter are close to where I live. One of them stood out immediately, because there was a big signboard that said: Extremely fast hair cut for 100 NDT (that's only 2.5 eur!). I was a little skeptical at first, I thought the price was too low and was afraid that the final result may not meet my expectations. After some time of hesitation and pondering, I finally gave green light to my girlfriend and we entered the shop.

That's how F100 looks from the outside. It's small and cozy.

And this is something I haven't seen before: A hair cut vending machine?

They ask you to insert 100 NTD into the machine and you get a number. After that you'd have to wait, but since there was nobody waiting before me, it was my turn right away. I sat down and my girlfriend explained to the girl, how I want my hair cut (which is always the same: short and thin). And then she put on her mask and started to snip snip like crazy.

She was very fast and skilled, I was impressed.

In the end, she vacuumed my head and I felt I was like a carpet.

You would not believe it, but in a little more than 10 minutes she was finished! How good was that? I can't stand hairdressers that need too long or those who talk to much. Especially in the small town near my home in Slovenia, where I usually went to cut my hair, they would constantly ask me personal stuff and gossip about other people, which made the whole session a long and unbearable torture (you can read more here).

But not here in Taipei: 極速剪髮 or F100 is a new concept, that came over here from Japan. Their philosophy is to cut hair for the cheapest price and as fast as possible. And they only cut and trim. No dying, no perming, no crazy hairdos... And what's best: They don't talk, they don't waste time. They are the McDonald's of hairdressers and I have to say I really like the concept. Currently they have 85 salons in various cities around Taiwan. There are also some other hair salons with a similar concept and pricing. One of them is QB cut, oftentimes found around Taipei's MRT stations.

I do have to add, that the cut wasn't perfect, but I don't want to nit pick, It's still good enough to make me return in the future and get my hair cut for a bowl of beef noodles. Who can beat that? So far, I haven't seen anybody else. Have you?

19 COMMENTS:

Great deal on your haircut! And if it's not perfect you know what they say..there are only two weeks between a bad haircut and a good one. :-) That is strange she is wearing a mask. I wonder what's up with that?

i wonder how she would vacuum my long hair!!!! lol. that's is fah-ney!!! i havent laughed for a long long time. glad that you're enjoying your time there. so what's new? DM me.

hahahaha feels like carpet? so hilarious :D I am very particular with my hair too. looks like we both the same.

Awesome bro!

Oh! She vacuums too! LOL! I would love my hair to be cut in 10 minutes or less! Haha!

Wonderful! I am sure I will never use that service :)) but it seems very practical. It's a great concept!

i'd be very impressed with such a cheap & efficient service too.

am i the only one to notice how pretty the girl cutting your hair was, despite her mask? ;)

haha I've never seen the vacuum technique before :P
makes sense though! :P no hair-bits on yourself and clothes! :p

OMG haircuts in Taiwan are so amazing! The lady who cut mine was very precise and when she scrubbed my head (unlike the sissy U.S. hairstylists) I seriously wanted to fall asleep! [:

-Coco<3

Wow. There's a brand of hairdressers identical to that in Malaysia, and it costs double!

The barber over here would use a hair blower and blows the cuts everywhere. You got good price eh!

@Kristie: Taiwanese wear a mask in a lot of places. Some do that, if they are sick and don't spread germs, others do it for hygienic reasons.

@Ejann: Hehe.. I think your hair would need several people vacuuming it at the same time :P

@Netster: No wonder, we're brothers ;)

@foongpc: Hehe.. yeah. It's very fast.

@Traveling Hawk: Agreed.

@AdamAntixx: She was pretty, yeah :) And her girlfriend was working there, too :)

@*~kAy~*: Yes, first time for me, too. Very practical.

@Coco Tai: Hehe.. cool.

@The Envoy: Wow, Malaysia costs more? Interesting.

@Clive: Yeah, in Slovenia, they also do that, they blow instead of vacuuming. I found the latter a much more practical concept :)

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@Daisy: Probably for hygienic reasons.

@Teuvo Vehkalahti: Good luck with that.

Maaate lets be honest. Anyone who was fussy about their hair wouldn't bother going to one of these places as all you're going to get is a bowl/crew cut (which for some reason is popular with Taiwan guys too lazy to maintain themselves).

I've seen plenty of these $100 haircut places around but I wouldn't be caught dead going to one as I know the experience would just irritate me. That and I don't go for the army look.

I usually spend about $400-$500 here at various places. Takes about an hour + wash, shampoo and massage but I don't mind. One hour of relax zone out time.

@OzSoapbox: Well, to each their own :) I always have a crew cut, so for me it's totally fine. I would die, if I need to spend 1h at the hair salon :P

I personally don't trust those cheap places. If you have a higher budget, I highly recommend Eddie Tham @ Mix & Match salon. He speaks fluent English and provides the best haircut in Taipei for expats/foreigners.

@Edward Chang: Thanks for your comment. He's way too expensive, I would never pay 900 NTD for a cut. I currently pay 200 NTD and I'm very happy with it.

The vacuuming head thing seems hilarious. I didn't realize they vacuumed it.

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