Beauty Parlor Fraud
My Chinese tutor was just telling me about a method some beauty parlors (美容院) use to cheat girls out of money. The shops have someone standing on the street outside the shop, luring in girls with an offer for a free facial. Girls just love to get that crazy facial treatment (做脸), so they go for it.
Then the beautician cleanses/treats half of the girl’s face and allows her to compare the “beautified” side with the untreated side. At that point, the beauty parlor will tell the girl that if she wants the other side done, she has to pay for it, and it will cost her several hundred RMB. Scandalous. The girls will often do it, because they think they’ll look like a freak if they’ve only had half the facial done, but in fact the visible effects of the facial treatment last less than a day.
Reminds me of the time my little sister went to Paris, and a guy wanted to braid part of her hair. She told the guy she didn’t want to buy anything, but he insisted. When he finished and she still didn’t want to pay for it, he cut that part of her hair out!
Play it safe: stay ugly.