Mums around the World — no hairwashing in Taiwan

Last year I was contacted by a journalist, who wanted to quote me regarding my experiences on zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement).  And finally, I got the result: part of a feature article titled ‘Mums around the world’ in the United Kingdom’s glossy parenting magazine Gurgle.

Mums around the world — Gurgle

The article focuses almost solely on not washing your hair for a month during zuo yuezi.  I am always somewhat amazed by the fascination people have with not washing your hair during this time.  In the days before bottles of shampoo, people didn’t really lather up their hair that often. And during zuo yuezi I also didn’t take a bath or shower for a month (which was waaaay harder), and also ate big bowls of liver and kidney soup each day.  Oh, and stayed inside even through a week of jackhammering directly above our apartment.

But did I mention the good bits about zuo yuezi, like having a nanny to care for me, look after the baby so I could get sleep and also cook means?  And that I reduced 13kg within one month?  And looked and felt better than before I was pregnant.  Now all I have to do is keep working on all that other baby fat I accumulated during pregnancy.

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About taiwanxifu

‘Taiwanxifu’ (pronounced ‘shee foo’) means ‘Taiwan daughter-in-law’ in Chinese and has been my nickname ever since I married my Taiwanese husband, Sam. I love sampling Taiwanese food, even local specialties such as stinky tofu, pigs blood cake and Taipei beef noodle soup with offal. But there are many other options on the menu. Promise!
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3 Responses to Mums around the World — no hairwashing in Taiwan

  1. It figures they would focus on that! Of course, people will read it and then think, “Oh, how backward!” but then miss the huge positives as you have pointed out. Oh well.

    • taiwanxifu says:

      Unfortunately, yes, there seems to be a fixation on not washing your hair. I have noticed it is always the first thing that people ask me about zuo yuezi. One of the reasons that I started writing about zuo yuezi is the negative discourse in Western media and blogs about the practice. When done well, it can in fact be an empowering experience.

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