Our Japanese reporter went to Korea to interview TVXQ’s hairstylist on the 11th!
“Hairstyles change about once every two weeks. To Korean celebrities, this is a first,” says charismatic Kanho, who is TVXQ’s hairstylist.
Fans must have been very surprised at the hairstyles TVXQ had when they came to Japan on the 16th for their new single, “Mirotic,” fanmeet, right?
Truthfully, the man behind such image changes is a hyung TVXQ respects, Mr. Kanho. He is owner of “the RED CARPET,” a very popular hari salon in Seoul, and in both private and business matters is a great supporter of TVXQ.
“I met the members about six years ago, which means I’ve known them from their debut until now. Although I’m responsible for many other celebrities’ hair styles, TVXQ is special.”
In the past, he’s seen many celebrities, but to him, the TVXQ members are like his little brothers.
“In our store, most celebrities use private rooms, but when TVXQ comes, they always sit with the regular customers. I heard it’s because they’re more relaxed and happy when they can talk with the workers and with each other.”
Even with celebrities who come often, there are those who don’t even say hello. But with TVXQ, “Even though they’ve become superstars, they still say hello to all the workers, and their attitude towards people have not changed a bit. Also, to prevent making the workers nervous, they never forget to carry a friendly attitude to create a good atmosphere. Such modest and cool attitudes must be one of the reasons why they’re so popular!”
The busy members also call for take-out a lot while at the salon. “They like to eat jjajjangmyun and fried rice. When they don’t have time they usually eat at restaurants or get takeout. At their dorms, they cook whenever they can.”
Besides Yoochun, the other four members currently live in a luxurious place in Seoul, and during breaks, they often eat together. “Jaejoong cooks very well, he often cooks kimchi pot and rice cake for me and the TVXQ members. Yunho and Junsu are very particular to eating, and Changmin is a greedy eater. (laughs).”
During the interview, the TVXQ members were flying to Japan for their new single. Although they are often not in Seoul, Changmin never forgets to call or text Mr. Kanho. “When in Japan or another place, Changmin never forgets to call me. The other members, usually call me when they want to buy something and need me to help. (laughs).”
Because Kanho’s vacation times need to work well with TVXQ’s schedules, these few years “I really haven’t had time to go on vacation, ” he says laughing.
On the day of the interview, his salon was very busy, with many Korean celebrities coming and going to do their hair. Super Junior leader Eeteuk also came today, saying “I just went to the sauna with Jaejoong a few days ago.”
Also, a regular customer who knows Yoochun well said, “Yoochun’s fallen in love with fishing recently. He goes fishing at night when he has time. On 9-21, when they had their comeback event, he didn’t reply my text for a whole day, and I was worried, but the next day he said, ‘I was really tired that day so I couldn’t reply your text,’.”
Coming back to the Korean music industry after a year and seven months, they seem to have carried many unspoken burdens. Of course Mr. Kanho has felt the same, standing behind them and supporting them.
“Beginning their new Korean activities with a new hairstyle, I really wanted to try something. Especially with Yoochun, I’ve wanted to do that hairstyle since six years ago, and Yoochun liked it a lot too.”
However, Yoochun’s new image brought lots of controversies among fans. “I really heard lots of different opinions from fans, and there were also many burning comments. Truthfully I was kind of down for awhile, but I can guarantee, his hairstyle will definitely start a new trend!”
Their hairstyles and hair colors are basically decided with respect to their own opinions. “This time Yunho’s hair color effect wasn’t that good, and to get to the current color we dyed it four times.”
Here, we also asked Mr. Kanho’s plans for TVXQ’s future hairstyles. “Jaejoong’s hair color will stay a wine red, and his hairstyle will change a bit. Yunho plans to cut it short all at once, but Junsu is opposite and he’s thinking of leaving it a bit longer. Yoochun is currently thinking of trying all kinds of ‘hat’ hairstyles. Changmin…please think of it as something to anticipate from today on. (laughs).”
Their new single “Mirotic,” has made yet another spot of history on the Oricon charts for foreign artists. Please anticipate what “surprises” Mr. Kanho and TVXQ will bring us next time!
Credit: Shinki Forums
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"..Such modest and cool attitudes must be one of the reasons why they’re so popular!..”
This is s0 true.. That's why I l0ve them t00.. They've always been s0 nice t0 every0ne and yet stayed true t0 themselves..
i want the old me back..