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In Japan, most of the famous hair salons gather here at Tokyo’s Omotesando, Harajuku and Shibuya area. Many celebrities and famous people will frequent these famous hair salons and it is rumored that these 3 areas probably have more hair salons than convenience stores (and we know that in Tokyo, in general you won’t starve cause you’ll notice that there’s probably more than 4 convenience stores in one single block)! Even among so much competition, these hair salons offer the best by recruiting talented hair stylist that have served for major salons worldwide and by offering the latest hair treatments, technology and styles. We would recommend you to step foot into one of these salons (that we are about to introduce) to experience the incomparable service and you don’t have to worry about getting lost in translation as these salons have signs in English and their staff are comfortable in communicating in English.
1. HAYATO TOKYOwww.hayatosalons.com
The hair stylists here are all bilingual because they have gone through training and language classes in New York City for more than 2 years and by bilingual, we really do mean that they are able to converse with you smoothly in English and not just come up with simple questions or one-word answers. So it is no wonder that this salon receives a lot of foreigners that are working and staying here in Tokyo. With their experience overseas, the hair stylists here are well verse in different types of hair textures and volume. They definitely know what they are doing and they are not only famous for their cutting and styling skills, but customers are always raving about their shampoo skills too. That’s because HAYATO provides Shiatsu massage training for their staff, which is then applied during shampoo and treatment sessions. Customers come out feeling very satisfied, relaxed and refreshed. We are not kidding when we say you must come here to experience for yourself their great Japanese service and their skills and technology that they have brought back from the Big Apple City.
3-7-1 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Tel. No.: 03-5574-8844
10am – 9pm on weekdays and public holidays
10am – 7pm on Sundays
Closed on Tuesdays
2. SHINKA at Roppongishinka.com.au
You might find it interesting that although the founder of this salon is Japanese, this salon started out in Australia first. There are two branches in Australia and one right here in Roppongi, Tokyo now. Each staff member here can speak in English and there are many foreigners that come here to have their hair done. This salon has also been featured many times in magazine articles and they are well recommended by beauty and styling magazines. Australian organic bath and beauty products are used in their shampoo and hair treatments. Oh, and if you are looking for the latest watercolor hair dye, well, you’ve come to the right place cause they are famous for watercoloring hair. If you are in the area, just look for the butterfly logo of the salon!
2nd Flr. Roppongi FIVE, 5-18-20 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Tel. No.: 03-5575-6768
11am – 8:30pm on weekdays
10:30am – 6:30pm on Saturdays and public holidays
Closed on Sundays and the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
3. ASSORT at Gaienmaewww.assort-hair.com
This salon is truly making headlines all over the world with two branches here in Aoyama and one each in New York and Hong Kong. The team here is far beyond talented, having worked in different parts of the world and being highly ranked among the nation’s hairstylists. The team here is undeniably diverse with staff that have gone round the world to learn about different cultures and hairstyles and are well versed with what is trending in other major cities, staff who have had the experience of working in the best salon in New York City and staff who are always featured on magazines and TV programs. It doesn’t matter how old you are, whether you are a child or a senior citizen or who you are, whether you are a foreigner, a designer, a celebrity or a model, they serve you the best.
B1 Rihei Bldg., 2-10-28 Kita Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Tel. No.: 03-5772-6461
11am – 9pm from Tuesdays to Fridays
10am – 8pm on Saturdays
10am – 7pm on Sundays
Closed on Mondays
4. SOZO at Omotesandowww.sozo-hairmake.com
With its steady rates of having more than 90% of its customers coming back, SOZO is located at one of the most competitive areas for hair salons, Omotesando. It’s super popular and well known in the Aoyama and Omotesando area and many foreign models and celebrities come here to dress up to the nines. Customers get pampered here with their shampoo treatment that comes with a really good massage. You’ll find quite a number of male customers too as they are well acknowledged for their skills in men’s hairstyles. Oh, and since they are so popular you would expect a long queue and we suggest you to call up to make an appointment first. Not to worry because they have a special English reception to take your reservations down. Even if you have to wait for a teeny bit at the salon, their mini art gallery will keep you entertained!
B1 Flr., 4-25-1 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Tel. No.: 03-3478-8691 (English) or 03-3478-8692
11am – 9pm on weekdays (except Tuesdays)
10am – 8pm on weekdays and public holidays
Closed on Tuesdays
5. BONDZ SALON at Azabujubanwww.bondzsalon.jp
If you have ever wondered why Azabujuban always seem to have a lot of foreigners, that’s probably because this is where a lot of embassies are located. To meet the demands of the global community here, this hair salon gathers top hair stylists that have had the experience of working in New York, whose fingers just know how to work magic into hair cuts and styling. BONDZ SALON is a notch on top of others by offering value added services like gallery events. Plus, they’ve worked closely with Fukuoka’s high grade charcoal and came up with their own hair care products. Hence it wouldn’t come as a surprise that the treatments here are famous and popular. You might not believe it but the charcoal powder truly provides the nutrients your hair needs for shinier healthier hair. This should be on your list when you are here in Tokyo.
4th Flr., 1-8-13 Azabujuban, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Tel. No.: 03-6426-5562
11am – 9am
Closed on Mondays and 2nd Tuesdays of the month
6. ke’ International at Kagurazakawww.ke-salon.com
The owner, Takeuchi Kengo has have had a rich experience in managing enterprises and working in Paris, the fashion capital of the world! His talents and knowledge doesn’t only stop in the world of beauty. He is well versed in culture, history and art too and it shows in his hair salon. His team has also had work experiences in Paris, so I guess the saying “birds of the same feather flock together” holds true here. With their experiences in Paris, you can expect some great hairstyles here and that is probably why they are so popular in Japan as they are able to meet the local demands here. Kill two birds with one stone, by having your hair done in this hair salon and then taking your time to stroll around the popular chic Kagurazaka area.
2nd Flr. Mikami Bldg., 6-66 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Tel. No.: 03-5579-2474
9:30am – 7:30pm on weekdays
9:30am – 6:30pm on Sundays
7. NATURA at Omotesandowww.natura-hair.jp
We all know that the locals flock to Omotesando to get their hair done and this salon here is another popular one at Omotesando. It opens from 10am till 10pm, which is great for busy working people. This salon has been featured many times in magazines and on TV and fashion models have vouched for them too. Local patrons just keep coming back for their casual feminine hairstyles. Step right into this salon and you can’t help buy notice their casual and fun interior that might remind you of California. Apart from that, what we truly like about this place would have to be their people skills. Each stylist is trained to listen to your needs and they really do give the best advice in maintaining your hairstyle and keeping your hair looking healthy and gorgeous. This salon is highly recommended.
2.5th Flr. Violet Bldg., 5-2-15 Minami Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Tel. No.: 03-6427-4742
Closed on the first Monday and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Please note that it’s recommended to make reservations by phone or their website before you go. You can also ask for a specific stylist.
8. HIROIN at Nishi Azabuwww.hiroin.co.jp
We all know the brand L’oreal Paris, right? Well this salon here was highly recommended by L’oreal Paris and it shouldn’t come as a surprise as this salon offers a team of very talented hair stylists in Nishi Azabu. This salon provides a very comfortable atmosphere with its high ceilings and bright wide space. You don’t have to worry about language barriers because they have non-Japanese staff here to provide you with the right advice on how to keep your hair healthy. Don’t just stop at cutting, try their hair treatments too that naturally use L’oreal Paris’ KERASTASE series. Plus, you’re going to get your money’s worth here with their hair styles cause it will stay the way it is all night long! That’s how great their skills are.
4-6-4 Nishi Azabu, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Tel. No.: 03-3407-8028
Opens from 10am to 7pm
Closed on Tuesdays
9. GARDEN at Harajukuwww.garden-hair.jp
This super famous hair salon in Harajuku would definitely catch your eye with its big windows. They are famous and popular for being a trendsetter in Japan and you must come here at least once to experience yourself the high quality service that they offer here. Head up to the 5th floor and step right in to their spacious salon (and you might forget that you were ever in crowded Tokyo). Take a seat, get pampered by their top hair stylists that have served famous celebrities and models and get valuable advice on hairstyling.
5th Flr. THE ICEBERG, 6-12-18 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Tel. No.: 03-5468-8686
*This branch will close on April 24th 2016. On April 28th 2016, two new branches will open
LAiLY by Garden
Please check their webpages for more information.
10. mod’s hair at Ikebukurowww.modshair.co.jp
mod’s hair is a major household brand all over the world and here in Ikebukuro, you get to experience their salon. Their staff is fluent in English and when you step into their salon on the 8th floor you’ll love the ambience as the warm sunlight floods in. Their treatments offer a great hair pampering time that uses organic products. Your hair and scalp will feel refreshed after being pampered.Do we need to say more? Come to this hair salon to experience their latest treatments and styles.
8 Flr. Takamura Bldg. 1-1-2 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Tel. No.: 03-5911-4733
11am – 8pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
12pm – 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays
10am – 7pm on Sundays
Closed on Tuesdays