Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Paul Hefft Salon

After moving to Dodoma one of my burning questions was this: "Where do I get my hair cut?" I expected the answers I received (knowing a little from friends and family about the typical missionary experience), but secretly I was hoping for a much different reality. If you are a mzungu (white person) here in Dodoma, your best option for hair cutting is to either do it yourself (and, really, how does one cut the back of their own head in any sort of straight line?) or have a trusted friend do it for you.

Last night, I reached the end of my rope. After five months without a haircut, washing my hair in dirty river water for four of those months, and general dissatisfaction with the style of my hair, I asked Paul if he would be willing to try and cut it. Being the "go-getter" type, he agreed.

The before picture:

First, we did a little research on the internet - a simple, medium-length bob didn't seem so difficult. Then, I wet my hair down, we grabbed our hair cutting scissors and clips, and he gave it a go.After half an hour or so, the work was done. My hair was shorter and healthier. And, personally, I think he did a really good job. He even gave me some basic layers.

I guess we have one more talent to add to his long list of abilities. (Although, he's made me promise that I won't offer his services to any of our friends.)


  1. Your hair looks great! Good job, Paul! Dan talked me into letting him cut my hair about 5 or 6 years ago...and I haven't been back to a salon since. :)

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Your hair is super cute!!! Nice work, Paul! We are totally impressed! Merry Christmas to all four of you - love you lots!

  3. I think it looks good - way to go, Paul! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!!

  4. Nice job! We lost out on a haridresser for wazungu hair in Dodoma not so long ago...although I'm guessing Paul would find it weird to cut anyone but his wife's hair...maybe he could give Luka a few tips though! :)