Tired of temples and tuk tuks, we decided to spend our last day in Bangkok walking around an area called Siam Square. After spending the morning at Jim Thompson’s House (home of the American that apparently saved the Thai silk industry in the 50s and 60s), we happened to stumble on Bangkok’s Art and Culture Centre which was holding a Hair Tattoo Show. We didn’t quite realise what was going on at first as we just saw a huge crowd of people with crazy hairdos and designs! We then realised people were sitting in chairs and having their hair shaved into detailed and colourful designs.
We were just standing in the crowd taking in what was going on when this very camp Thai guy spotted us and motioned us to be in their pictures. We’d stand there and someone who’d just had their ‘hair tattooed’ would come and take a picture with us. It was crazy. It was almost as if we were celebrities! They’d say things to us like ‘you so beautiful. so much’. They also loved taking selfies – I don’t know how many selfies I must have taken in 2 hours. It was one.after.another.
The hair designs and makeup and outfit to match were really interesting. One girl’s hair had been dyed green, pink and black, and another girl’s hair had been dyed gold and was dressed as Cleopatra. Even young boys had their hair shaved and were wearing make up – it was totally bizarre.
Marc had been wanting a hair cut for a couple of days now and decided this would be the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a free hair cut. There was just a little problem of a slight language barrier. Unfortunately his initial attempts of communicating his hair tattoo desire were unsuccessful – obviously motioning scissors with your fingers and pointing to your head doesn’t work in all countries. Luckily Kyle had a Thai phrasebook in his bag and Marc managed to string some Thai together and arranged a haircut. Thais couldn’t believe that Marc was going through with this. We had Thais coming up to us left, right and centre asking if he was actually getting his hair done.
When he sat in the chair and the hairdresser started ‘tattooing’ his hair, we had photographers, film crews, instagrammers and a huge crowd of people watching ‘history’ taking place. They seriously couldn’t believe a Westerner was going to have his hair done! His hair looks pretty good too!
Crazy couple of hours! Time to get the sleeper train to Koh Tao.