What makes Japanese hair salons a cut above the rest?
The first thing is their professionalism and skill.
In Japan, becoming a hairdresser isn’t just the matter of making the choice and making the rent to keep a chair in the building. Getting your hairdressing license requires a nationally recognized diploma, which is only attainable after completing school and passing an exam. That means that every stylist has studied and mastered the same fundamentals.
But that’s just the beginning. Even after you start working at a salon, it takes two to five years to be authorized to cut a client’s hair. Like other industries here, the Japanese salon world is a very hierarchical system, and a newbie is required to put in the blood, sweat, and tears necessary to rise in the ranks. They have to pass rigorous, incremental tests that demonstrate their progress; each step they take, everything from how to shampoo and color, to how to wind, cut, and blow dry hair, is under intense scrutiny from a senior stylist. It’s only with their approval that they’re finally allowed their own clients.
That’s how seriously we take our clients. We give you the best, because we know you expect the best.
The second is their hospitality and thoroughness.
As mentioned earlier, Japanese hospitality is legendary in a wide variety of industries, but especially when it comes to beauty.
Everything your hairdresser does is carefully considered, even when it comes to the basics. The soft way the comb glides through your hair is just the beginning. Shampooing is a science in and of itself: you’ll be covered with a blanket for maximum comfort, the water temperature and pressure will be perfect right from the start, and your hair will be rinsed gently and thoroughly. Did we mention the shoulder and scalp massage? Because that’s how they top everything off. Visiting a salon in Japan is truly a sensual experience.
These are just a couple of reasons that a trip to a Japanese salon is greater than the sum of its parts. These are the standouts; I’ve picked only the edgiest, most premium salons. Trust when we say it’s not to be missed!
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A few words on Japanese etiquette…
- Always make an appointment!
Walk-ins are rare and not welcome. Besides, in Tokyo high-end popular salons such as the ones we will be presenting to you, it is always booked out for the day, therefore it is just impossible to
walk in. From below pages, Japonism in Beauty helps you ease the appointment.
- Be on time!
The French style “casually late” is not fancy at all in Japan. Everybody shows up exactly on time and since popular salons have clients the whole day, you can be refused and loose your
appointment, if you arrive late.
- Be quiet in the salon!
In a public place, being quiet is the Japanese way of showing respect to others. You may notice nobody talks on the phone on the train. In salon, it is the same, people keep their voice down.