Blending In and Wigging Out 黑色的假发

   Wigs have become increasingly popular around here in Qingdao. I run into a lot of girls with beautiful long tendrils of shiny golden hair and then compliment them – they then tell me where they bought their hair. Some girls at work even started rotating the same wigs so I can’t really tell them apart anymore, at least not at first glance. At first it was a bit disconcerting to see girls pull their bangs right off or to see old ladies with luscious black curls pinned to their greying buns, but the trend is really starting to grow on me.  I even bought one of those messy bun extensions that sort of matches my hair color.  The real question is – if Chinese girls can change their black hair to blonde, why can’t I change my blonde hair to black?

   You see, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to walk around China without being stared at, pointed at, or talked about. It’s true that there are more foreigners where I live now so it’s really not as big of a deal as it was a few years ago, but I still wonder what it would be like to truely blend in and not stand out.  So I bought a wig! I bought a long black wig at a 格子铺 shop. I would finally fulfill my dream!

   The next day I decided to dress up like a normal Chinese girl. I wore some clothes that I bought with my Chinese girlfriends – converse, tights, long hoodie, short skirt (the style in Qingdao is highly influenced by Korean styles).  Then I put on my long black wig and ventured out into China. Only, I didn’t blend in.

   I did on first glance. I was dressed like most girls my age and my hair didn’t stand out, but I’m really white. I’m usually pretty pale, but in contrast to the black hair, I glowed! People were doing double-takes. They’d all walk along not noticing me then stop, turn around, and check to make sure they saw right. People just stared on the bus. People usually don’t stare that much.  My face was burning and my head was itching.

   All day, it took everyone a few seconds to realize I wasn’t Chinese and then they just stared. I didn’t really get why people stared more than with my natural hair color. My friends later told me that I looked like the dead girl from the Japanese horror movie the Ring.  So much for blending in.

在青岛发现女孩戴假发越来越流行。我经常看到一些漂亮的女孩有着长而美丽的金发,一般在我赞扬之后她们会说谢谢并告诉我在那里能买的到!我的一些同事也开始交换彼此的假发,有时甚至没办法分清楚谁是谁。刚开始我不明白这个戴假发的流行趋势,不过慢慢开始喜欢,我自己也买了一个配我头发颜色的假马尾辫。主要的问题是-如果中国女孩能把她们的黑头发变成金黄色,为什么我不能把我金黄色头发变成黑色?

来中国之后,我一直想如果自己出门没有人因为我是外国人而注意我,那会是一种什么样的感觉?现在其实出门没那么麻烦,毕竟在中国的外国人越来越多,不过我还不能混入其中吧。因此我买了一个假发!我从一个格子铺店买了一个深黑的披肩长发。这才能一定程度满足我的梦想!

第二天我穿了一些跟中国女性朋友一起逛街买的衣服-那些在中国流行但在美国不敢穿的衣服。然后我戴了我的黑色假发出门。但是我感觉还不相称。

第一眼看上去没什么特别,我穿的跟别的女孩差不多,我头发也是很普通的颜色,只是我很白。我本来比较白,然后跟我乌黑的假发比,皮肤更是白的吓人!每个人都回头看我,他们会不经意的走过我,然后停下回头再看一遍我,打消他们忽然蹦出来的疑问。在公交车上更多的人看我,比不戴假发的平时还多。我更是不好意思的脸红,甚至头皮都发痒了。

整天每个人花了几秒钟发现我不是中国人然后继续盯着看我。我真不明白有什么特别,为什么看我的人比我有自然金色头发的时候还多?过了一会我的朋友们告诉我戴假发的你像日本恐怖片的Ring的死亡女主角。有关相称就到此为止。

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5 responses to “Blending In and Wigging Out 黑色的假发

  1. Chris

    Aww. Most white people I know turn reddish when tanned. Some, however are able to turn yellow, like Chinese people. If you could get a tan like that, with black hair, Chinese clothing style, and sunglasses, you’d be set girl!

  2. Eddie

    哈哈,笑死我了,BTW.Dead ring is translated as 午夜凶铃。 best wishes to 山东媳妇,我是山东银

  3. Sean

    Your post reminded me of what my mother has said to my dad (which i translated to my girlfriend) when she met my girlfriend for the first time. She said, “Wow, she’s so white she’s reflective!” That has became the joke of the family. But why do you not like all the extra attention? My girlfriend loved it when she was in China and she wanted to go back really bad!

  4. 为什么那些衣服在中国流行,而你却不敢在美国穿?那些衣服是什么样的?
    Why are there some clothes that are popular in China but you wouldn’t dare to wear them in America? What kind of clothes are those?

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