The search for a hairband. 2020.06.28
That is a record for me. For most of my life I've sported a short, neat basic haircut. Coming from Singapore, the tropical weather and humidity means that long hair would make you sweat easily, so most guys opt for a short hairstyle. With my move to Japan this January however, the cool winter and spring weather negate such concerns. Combine that with the Coronavirus outbreak/lockdown, and I now have hair that nears my shoulders.
I've been told this is still considered medium for Japanese men. A sempai advised that I wait it out for another 1-2 months and then head for a salon to get myself to a professional Japanese styled medium-length haircut. While I wait for that to happen, however, the length of my fringe is beginning to annoy me slightly. My hair grows out out rather haphazardly, and it doesn't look very professional for work. Furthermore, some short strands of my fringe routinely stab my eyeballs. Not fun. For the time being, I need a headband/hairband to keep my hair tucked and my sanity intact.
Last month, I began the search for a hairband on my free days. It turned out harder than you might expect.
First place I went to was the nearby Life Supermarket. The Life Supermarket near Oakhouse Kajigaya has a floor dedicated to non-food stuff. You can buy clothes, household utilities, stationery and pharmaceuticals there. They had a selection of hairbands, but these where the plastic ones with many "spikes"(?) that I think is meant to hold the band in place. Unfortunately, these spikes also hurt, so I quickly gave up on the hairbands there. I hear too that they break easily, which is not ideal for a clumsy guy like myself.
Second place I went was Don Quixote, the seller of everything and anything. Surely they have hairbands here? As it turns out, they did not. Despite a sizable hair accessory section with lots of scrunchies, hair ties and clips, they did not have hairbands. They also had a sports apparel section, but no headbands. I did come close at the facial care section, where there was a headband used for keeping all the hair out when ladies do their skin care routine. My girlfriend has one of these. Unfortunately, this was just a little too much lace for me to be wearing around the sharehouse (when needed) and a little too thick for long term wearing, so I did not purchase this either.
Third place I would've gone to would be Daiso/Seria; which, as according to the girlfriend, probably should have been the first place I started searching from. Unfortunately for you, reader, and luckily for me, I may never find out if they sell the hairband; because the next day I recieved a parcel flown from Singapore containing this adorable yet functional headband.
It's soft and fluffy but casual and simple enough for me to wear around. A big shout out to my girlfriend back home for this gift I am extremely thankful for.
I'm an aspiring architect pursuing/living my dream of working in Japan.
I work in Tokyo, but live across Futagotamagawa in Oakhouse Kajigaya, Kawasaki.
Working in Japan is hard, but there's lots of opportunities to play hard as well.
I hope to share a little of my experience with everyone through this blog.