Kami wo Suku (髪をすく – Thinning Out One’s Hair)

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    Kami wo Suku


    I had my hair cut at a barbershop yesterday.

    Whenever I go to a barbershop, in addition to the order of cut length, I always say “suite kudasai” (すいて下さい) by using the Japanese verb ‘suku‘ (すく).

    Suku originally meant to comb, fix or shove one’s hair.

    However, when you use this verb at barbershops or hair salons, it is usually mean to thin out one’s hair or reduce the volume of one’s hair.

    The reason is probably that the character ‘su‘ (す) itself has a nuance of “hollow.”

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