Mai Hair Salon, 3/119 Hopkins St, Footscray
Barbers of European or Mediterranean extraction are not the only places to obtain a cheap, great and enjoyable haircut in the west.
Far from it.
In the Vietnamese precincts of Footscray and further west, the options are many.
When I enter one of these emporiums in, say, Sunshine or St Albans, my arrival is often greeted with an effusive bubbling of Vietnamese chatter.
This usually translates, I have learnt, as something along the lines of, “OMG check out this dude with the crazy moustache”.
This doesn’t happen at Mai in Footscray, however, on account of me going there so often for so long.
Mai is not a barbershop, of course.
They do all sorts of do’s here, male and female.
But for my purposes, it’s perfect.
A smile, a welcome, “how you want your hair?” is the usual routine.
“Zero, all gone, very shiny.”
No problem – $8 including eyebrows!