Tony & Guy certified, Tuan has cut hair all over Asia and won awards for his expert coloring. Using only international products such as L’Oreal, Morrocan Oil and Schwarzkopf, Tuan Boy is the place most expats go to have their hair done. Tip: Agree on the price upfront before you sit down.
Whilst there is English speaking staff in the salon Tuan, the owner, has limited English. However, it’s amazing what body language, grunts and the odd hair dressing term can achieve and despite the communication issues, without fail Tuan has nailed exactly the hair color I’m after each time. It’s not only the best result I’ve had in my four years in Vietnam, it betters Australia as well.
Small and shabby with vinyl covered chairs and walls that long ago gave up pleading to be painted – one glance into Tuan Boy’s salon and you might be tempted to run for the hills. Don’t.
Tuan’s class is evident. He has styled Miss Universe candidates, cut the Queen of Austria’s hair and been the expert consultant for actors filming in the heritage town of Hoi An. It is also evident he gets a lot of repeat customers: ‘Do you remember me?’ trumpeted an American woman as she flung herself into a chair, smiling and shaking his hand vigorously: ‘Not flat, not chunky, not short’, he replied, beaming back.
The salon also offers a number of other services, including body waxing, manicures, pedicures, hair extensions and one I’d never heard of: ‘It’s called “threading”,’ said the Canadian in response to my querulous stare. Flanked by a woman who seemed intent on carving her face off with a piece of string, she further proclaimed to have the furriest face alive and always came to Tuan Boy on visits to Hoi An. ‘They do a really good job … and it’s so cheap’, she chirped, her face looking like an explosion of busted bums.
Usually, there’s also a ‘to die for’ face massage so don’t freak out if someone starts to rub your face vigorously at the wash basin while almost drowning you in warm water.
Price guide in Vietnamese Dong:
Hair cut: 100,000VND
Colour : 400,000VND
Add: 148 Nguyen Truong To St (close to the traffic lights on Tran Hung Dao)
Tel: +84 (0)905 381587
Hours: Open Daily: 8am to 7.30pm