Want to shock your friends? Don't bother shaving yourself
a mohawk, just do some semi-permanent dye damage to
your head instead.
Now you can buy traffic-stopping hair colors in Beijing
and show off your wild side with shades like flamingo
pink, popsicle blue, and lime green that will eventually
wash out. A decent selection of happy hues can be acquired
at Rong Rong Beauty Supplies in the Wudaokou Hotel in
the northwest university Haidian district.
Caveat emptor (buyer beware): these Mainland-manufactured
hair dyes range in quality and application volume, and
the directions come only in Chinese.
If you can't read Chinese, it's a good idea to get a
local friend to translate before going crazy with the
stuff. Chinese dyes are cheaper than anything you'd
get abroad at RMB10-30 a bottle.
If your hair is brown or black, lighten it first with
hair bleach so that the dye will stick. Then, just smooth
in the color evenly by using a wide-toothed comb, wait
half-an-hour and rinse. Remember to use gloves and to
protect your clothing and any surface around you, like
the bathroom sink, from drippings. By wiping some baby
oil or Vaseline on your skin, especially around your
hairline and ears, you'll avoid the embarrassment of
walking around with day-glo splotches all day. It's
also a good idea to test the product on a small patch
of your skin/scalp first and check for allergic reactions.
The dye should last from three weeks to two months depending
on how light your hair was when you applied it and the
darkness of the coloring.
Chemically-treated hair, whether it's a perm or naturally
dark hair that was colored dark brown or black, will
absorb the dye faster and retain it longer than virgin
hair. Have fun, be creative, and be prepared for even
more stares than usual!
Rong Rong Beauty Supplies
(50 meters south of Wudaokou Hotel, Haidian district)