Wenfeng is a pioneer in the hairdressing game. A boss, a don; something like Rick Ross x Mao. He has somehow amassed an army of above-average looking women and confusingly-not-gay men* to cut hair at extremely low prices (haircut with wash is like $2.50).
HOW does Wenfang do it? The answer – mind control.
Borrowing from Scientology, Manchurian Candidate brainwashing techniques, and CIA training manuals, Wenfang has perfected techniques to make his army of hairdressers cut, style, and color hair for low wages while wearing faux-navy uniforms.
Every morning between 9:30 – 10AM, a Wenfeng Team Leader (this position takes seven years to achieve, and candidates are carefully screened under the influence of truth serums) drills the other employees on Wenfeng Seven-Thoughts Theory, The Wenfeng Method, and The Consequences For Betraying Wenfeng.
I’ve only had my hair cut at Wenfeng once. A pretty girl washed my hair and rubbed my back, and a man in a sailor uniform did the cutting. I asked the girl where she was from, and she couldn’t remember. She then told me about the Wenfeng VIP Card and all the benefits it entailed. She seemed to have been reprogrammed with only this knowledge.
*here’s the thing…China is still a male-dominated society, and thus most skilled trades are still performed predominately by men. It’s like hairdressers fall into the same category as locksmiths or plumbers – a kind of 师傅, or master – and they’re mostly men. In America, let’s be fair, most male hairdressers are gay (excluding barbers, generally..i will draw a distinction). In China, they’re generally not – they’re just working dudes. But the weird bit is that many of these straight Chinese hairdressers look flaming – flamboyant trash-cat haircuts, tight shirts, sitting on each-others laps…these are extremely confusing cultural differences. Not that any of this matters, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
anyway, i still like to eat a carrot cake from my local yuppie bakery and watch Wenfang’s Gang of Bitches do their morning exercises.
There’s a really good italo disco dude playing at Yuyintang tonight – he’s called College, and he did some original compositions for the Drive soundtrack. He’s doing both a live music and live video set. Very 80s, but in a classy way. I’ll be down there.
Not sure who is promoting this event but I’d heard almost nothing about it until I read a feature with College on Shanghai247.
Here’s one of his tracks I was jamming way back in 2008. Show starts at 9PM, it’s 60RMB.
College – The Energy Story