A wise traveler would have a haircut in Asia! Why? It’s incredibly cheap and the results may go beyond your expectation. In Vietnam, it costs only 80.000VND (about $3.5) for the gentlemen with a combo of washing, cutting and hair styling. As a lady, I often spend a little bit more to do my hair but you know… girls are way more complicated than guys and sometimes “Good hair days make me feel like I can rule the world!”.
Every time I went back to Ho Chi Minh City, I would visit my favorite hair salon and my boyfriend also wouldn’t miss his chance to get a cheap haircut which he can never have in the Netherlands. Let me share with you this two places where we had amazing experiences with the hairdressers!
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Paris Hair Salon (for him)
The name of this place may get you confused but it’s actually a famous barber shop in town which offers a really good price. If you’re an on-budget traveler or an expat living in Ho Chi Minh City, then Paris Hair Salon would be a perfect option for a haircut.
This shop gives you more than just a haircut. My boyfriend chose a combo which comprises 6 steps: washing, hairstyle consulting, cutting, hair washing again, facial massage, and finally hairstyling. He loved this place because of the insanely low price (80.000VND for everything ~ about $3.5). Also, the barber was so meticulous with his hair and his skin. I’ve brought him to Paris Hair Salon 3 times and he confirmed that their services were excellent every single time.
Paris Hair Salon has 4 different stores in Ho Chi Minh City and here are the addresses:
- 220 Khanh Hoi, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
- 74A No Trang Long, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
- 482 Cay Tram, Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City
- 58 Le Duc Tho, Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City
Star Hair (for her)
As I know, the owner of this hair salon is a Korean guy but I never met him. You can request him to do your hair at a higher price, but I was really happy with the Vietnamese hairdressers. I did my hair at this place once or twice a year since I don’t live in Vietnam, but every time I met a new hairstylist and new staff here. One great thing I recognized that they were all dedicated hairdressers who gave me the best advice for my hair instead of trying to sell.
In recent years, I found myself look best with the wavy red hair so I picked this style to feel more pretty and confident. Perhaps after a few years, I would cut my hair short till the shoulders for a refreshing look hihi!
I paid 1.000.000VND (about $42) to make my hair wavy, and 900.000VND (about $38) to dye my hair red. In Ho Chi Minh City, you can find some cheaper hair salons but I prefer a clean and bright place like this one.
Before and after getting my hair done. Hahaha!
Two girls in Star Hair could speak English very well. They even brought me a cup of cold water or Vietnamese coffee while I was waiting until my turn. After the first time doing my hair here, they gave me a 10% discount card for the next time. Strongly recommend this place because of the good service and friendly attitude of the staff!!!
- Address: 86 Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Website (available in English): starhairhcm.com
Useful tips to get a haircut like a local:
- Ask for the prices at the beginning
- Show them a photo of the hairstyle you’d like to have to avoid miscommunication
- Don’t go to the hair salons before or during the holidays in Vietnam because they will be insanely crowded
- Give them a small tip (20.000VND – 50.000VND ~ about $1 – $2.5) if you’re happy with your new hair 😉
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