In this special Father’s Day edition of Indulge, we give Beijing dad Sunny Kim a day of pampering that fits his easy and outgoing personality. Sunny is the headmaster at the newly opened Olive International School (OIS) in Wangjing. He and his family, wife Suzy, 12-year-old Miriam, and 11-year-old Noel have been residents of the capital for six years. Suzy is the curriculum director and teacher at the OIS. The family moved to Beijing so their children could experience the world, and especially China. “We felt it would be important for their future to know Chinese,” says Sunny.
Sunny’s grooming is pretty simple: he gets a haircut every two to three months and shaves every other day or when he feels it has overgrown. The initial plan was to color his hair but after talking to Clayton Olsen, creative stylist at Z Hairdressing, they both agreed that color wasn’t necessary after all. Olsen’s laid back and charming nature put Sunny at ease to talk about him having very dry hair. Olsen did an initial assessment and proposed a natural scalp treatment from Korea.
The scalp treatment is customizable depending on the scalp and the salon offers it as part of their male grooming services. “It makes such a difference in maintaining hair here,” says Olsen. The main long-term benefits of the treatment are dandruff removal, a healthy scalp, and shiny hair. Beijing’s dry weather damages both men and women’s hair, and the good news about scalp treatment is that it can be done once every three months as long as you buy the correct shampoo and conditioner that the salon recommends as part of the treatment. The treatment starts at RMB 300, depending on what needs to be done.
Lily Liu, a technician, assisted Olsen in applying the treatment. Liu has been working for the company for several years and understands the treatment very well. Sunny was pleased with the team and definitely will be going back as his new look was short but stylish, and his family and friends love it. He might make it a dad’s day out with his daughters to enjoy a grooming session together.
Liu applies an exfoliating cleanser, which causes a tingling sensation, to clean debris from the scalp and open pores. Then Sunny’s head goes into the hydration machine for five minutes, with light heat to let the cleaner process.
Liu applies the therapeutic treatment that is going to help with the dry scalp. After applying, it’s another three minutes in the hydration machine on light heat.
Liu uses moisture and finishing serum to lock hydration into scalp and hair. Then afterwards she massages the scalp.
Olsen cuts the hair with the serum still applied, then the hair is rinsed and styled.
Z by David Hairdressing
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This article originally appeared on page 12 of the 2016 June-July Issue of beijingkids magazine. Click here for your free online copy. To find out how you can obtain a hard copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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