Hair Adventures

4 Mar

Yesterday, Sunday, I took a bath in the tub in our room and asked Kevan to talk to the hotel staff about my straight iron and how to plug it in. Whether I would need an adapter or transformer. Well, the staff had no idea what it was or what to do. I was highly distraught. The funniest part of this is that it says “made in China” on it. 🤣 Those close to me know that I’ve been a little nervous about what to wear when I first meet our son. I am most comfortable in jeans but I didn’t know if I should wear a dress so I look motherly or what I should wear. I think I’ve decided on the outfit but those that also know me or have followed my blog know that I don’t likeg my curly hair most.

So, we went on an adventure to find a straight iron that would work in the Chinese outlets. I dried my hair as straight as I could with the hair dryer and put it in a pony tail. This sub tropical weather (think Florida humidity) is not helpful to someone with my hair. We went to a few stores but their hair supplies consisted of brushes, combs and shampoo. We didn’t even see hair dryers. One thing that we’ve noticed is that there are salespeople EVERYWHERE! In one department of a store you might have 3 salespersons…..for just toothpaste or razors. They are watching you. Lol

We finally found a young man that seemed eager to help 2 Americans that had no idea what they were doing. We’d been to about 3 stores with no luck. I asked him if he knew English and he replied, “Google Translate” and took out his phone. I loved it. Lol. I typed in hair dryer because most of the women in China have very pretty straight hair. I thought most wouldn’t use a straight iron. If we just found where hair dryers were sold we might find straight irons. He replied, “south tower 5th floor” in English. 🙂

We headed to wherever the south tower would be. I’m glad Kevan has a built in compass. We actually found it and headed to the 5th floor. We found 2 straight irons near the hair dryers. One was 474 yuan and the other was 720 yuan. That is about $79 and $120, I couldn’t pay that much. I’m pretty sure my current one was like $20. We left. I kept praying throughout the night that God would provide me a straight iron. I know it sounds ridiculous but I wanted nice straight hair when we met Malachi. We went back to the hotel for a bit and then headed back out again for dinner. We wandered around for awhile looking for a place to eat. We walked by a pharmacy and I thought we should check for straight irons. Well, we were met by about 5 saleswomen. One was very eager and spoke a little English. She wanted to help us so badly. We found the hair section and they had a straight iron for about $12! I was so excited. Kevan needed a razor so he found one but it was a little expensive so he put it back. Then, she asked us if we had a membership card. Um….no. Lol. She then tried to explain in broken English that if the lady behind us let us use her membership card we could get the razor for cheaper but she wouldn’t let us use her card unless we bought the razor too. Haha! Good saleswoman. Then, she all of a sudden added makeup remover to the items. She said it would bring the price down. We were so confused. Apparently, we had to have a certain threshold before we would get a discount and the makeup remover helped. 😐. I was just happy to have my flat iron.

We found a Vietnamese place to eat, ate, went back to the hotel and changed for bed. It was about 5:30pm. Kev fell asleep at about 5:45. I heard him sleeping and couldn’t stay awake. I fell asleep about 6pm. I woke up from 1-2:30am unable to sleep and then finally fell back to sleep until about 4:30am. Kev slept until about 5:30am. We haven’t slept this much since before Josiah. It was great.

When I got up at 4:30 I plugged in my new flat iron. I didn’t read the box. It is a MINI flat iron. Ugh. It took me about an hour to do my hair and because it is a mini my hand kept cramping up. But I was so thankful for it. 😂

Kev woke up, researched my flat iron from home and realized that it might actually work if he could figure out how to get the larger prong into an outlet. It might explode or it might work. Lol. By this time….my hair was already curling up and getting frizzy from the humidity already. Anyway, Kev forced it into the outlet. We waited. No smoke. No explosion. Lol. Seems to be working. 😛

You are now wondering why you read this post and how ridiculous I am about my curly/straight hair. We are now headed to the breakfast buffet and to an adoption paperwork meeting at 9:30am. We won’t be leaving again to meet our son until about 2:30pm which is in the middle of the night in Tennessee. So, no Malachi posts until tomorrow.😞

3 Responses to “Hair Adventures”

  1. Michelle Way March 4, 2018 at 11:46 pm #


    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy and look forward to reading your posts and FB updates! I know I speak for a multitude of people when I tell you how thankful I am that you are sharing your adoption journey with us. Knowing that you and Kevan are going to meet Malachi in a few hours fills my heart with so much joy. He is a precious child and is so blessed to be part of your family. Please know that I am praying for all of you! 🙂

  2. Kim curlee March 5, 2018 at 12:47 am #

    I love reading about your adventures. Thank you for sharing. Praying for a perfect meeting.

  3. Diane Dishmon March 5, 2018 at 4:28 am #

    Post any time you wish. It may be night here but we will have happiness to read when we wake up. Keeping your family in our prayers.

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