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Barbershop Causes Outrage By Opening on Wednesdays

CityNews – A barber shop in Chiang Mai has caused outrage across social media after they began opening on a Wednesday, a day believed to bring great misfortune if one was to get a haircut.

Zoron Hair Care in Chiang Mai grabbed the attention of netizens after they promoted a Wednesday haircut promotion.

Traditionally, the royal lords and ladies, and allegedly the King himself, would get a haircut on a Wednesday, with the best barbers in the land being summoned to royal residences across the country. As a result, people believed that ‘common people’ should not get their haircut on a Wednesday to avoid appearing to rise to the status of a lord or lady, which was considered incredibly rude. As the tradition continued, the story morphed into a message of bad luck, promising bad omens if one was to have a haircut on a Wednesday.

To this day, many hair salons and barbershops are closed on Wednesdays to honour this tradition, with many customers still fully convinced that a Wednesday haircut is a terrible thing to do.

As a result, Zoron Hair Care has received a large amount of criticism online, with the outrage being shared in national media outlets.

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Zoron Hair Care owner, Wut Putcharoen, said that the tradition is dated and his barbershop will stay open on Wednesdays. Their Wednesday promotion includes a facial massage, scrub and face treatment, along with a haircut for just 300 baht, discounted from 600 baht. They also have a three-per-month ‘hair checkup’ for those overly concerned about their hair.

Whether this is a great marketing campaign or some serious outrage, you can join with the thousands of others and vent you opinions (or learn more about their hair promotions) on their Facebook page: zoronhaircare.