An orange goatee…to match the blonde highlights

Posted in Barbershop at 11:41 am by Benjamin Ross

<< previous post

In terms of abilities and knowledge as it relates to hair, I am at the very bottom of the barber shop employee food chain. One area however in which my knowledge is frequently consulted is facial hair. Other than Adamum who is abnormally hairy for a Chinese guy, I am the only worker who can grow a substantial beard. Because of this, Adamum, and several of the other barbers with less facial hair have been consulting me on various styles of goatees and moustaches to go with their funky haircuts. Being that I am the latest experimental guinea pig in the shop, it was also decided it would be in the best interests of all if I were to dye my goatee. Originally, the plan was to dye it blonde to match my highlights, but it ended up coming out a shade of bright orange. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

The chief architect behind my goatee coloration was Guang Tou (fake name), one of our barbers who proudly sports the shop’s only soul patch.
Here’s the “before” shot. I thought the Elvis/Elmer Fud lip slant technique would accentuate my spikey highlights.
The “during” shot…There aren’t many sensations in life stranger than having hair dye applied to your chin.
and the finished product…enough to make even a Chinese mother proud.

next post >>


  1. Josh China said,

    June 1, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    Sole soul patch. Heh.

  2. Peter Denmark said,

    June 1, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    I don’t quite know what to say. :-)

  3. Jeremy China said,

    June 1, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    That’s pretty funky. Good job.

  4. Shane Gilchrist Ó hEorpa United Kingdom said,

    June 2, 2007 at 1:49 am

    u made me laugh…making a Chinese mother proud…


    orange goatee…get on your goat!


  5. PandaPassport China said,

    June 2, 2007 at 5:59 am

    Not bad.

    That might just be the 2nd best goatee in China.

  6. Jas China said,

    June 2, 2007 at 6:47 am

    ha ha,
    Pandapassport, who had the best then?
    Ben, you are such a brave & adventurous guy! It’s always nice to have something change in our daily life as long as it doesn’t do any harm to others, huh? Your new colored goatee deserve a five, because it gave us good laugh!

  7. Jeremy Yeh China said,

    June 2, 2007 at 10:18 am

    oh,man…believe it or not,seriously,they dont match,ben. its much better to get ur goatee hightlighted like ur hair than dippin it into some kinda orange juice…lol…nevertheless,brave try!

  8. maxiewawa China said,

    June 2, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Haha! Nice one! Soul patch? 光头?

    Soul Patch = Bald Patch?

  9. Chris China said,

    June 2, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Very stylish indeed. Question is: Will you leave it like this for the remainder of your time in the barber shop (and beyond) or ditch the thing? It might be good for jogging at night.

  10. Benjamin Ross China said,

    June 2, 2007 at 11:33 am


    A soul patch is a little patch of hair just under the lip. It’s a little bit hard to see in this picture of Guang Tou.

  11. Anonymous Sweden said,

    June 5, 2007 at 1:42 am

    You are hot!

  12. Jessica Jaffy Scher China said,

    June 12, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Hey Ben!!! I saw this link to your blog from a Shanghaiist email. What a small world. Anyhow, hope that you are well and would love to hear from you.
    Jess (from Camp Ramah in case you forgot!)

Leave a Comment

/* line below was changed, used to be wp-comments-post.php */