Photo: banditob on FlickrSo many visits were spent saying no to sukibasami that I had very little hair vocabulary planned beyond those dreaded thinning scissors. When I began the search for the best salon in Tokyo for blondes I couldn’t imagine that the English words ‘creamy blonde’, let alone, ‘iridescent blonde’ would be heard. The fears of parting with a wallet full of cash for yet another below-par hairdo, were quickly abated by the images of past clients’ hair results and by the range of Japanese or international hair products formulated for my Western hair. In my case my hair is fine and I have plenty of it. The full-disclosure is that I have been known to crack open a box of hair-dye and get gloved-up and dirty with the best of them, but a professional job minus the brassy tones and the over-processed highlights from DIY jobs, admittedly drew me in. These are 4 of the top hair salons in Tokyo for blonde hair maintenance and image transformations. The salons all have websites and bookings can be made online or by calling the stylist. Whether you seek blonde hair coloring and highlights, have curly hair en mass or need other specialist hair advice, you can make a booking in English or Japanese and perhaps even in a little French. English speaking staff have trained overseas and have a wealth of experience with foreign clients in Japan so can not just understand your needs but make suggestions, a most vital part of the hairdresser-client conversation.
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Blondes Have Fun in Tokyo's Top Hair Salons
Joey Furukawa September 30, 2016
It is not without trepidation that I walk into a hair salon in Japan. I have been to good Japanese salons and come out with bad results and I have been to traditional men’s barbers and come out with a cheap yet cutting edge woman’s hairstyle, minus the face-shave. It has truly been luck of the draw up until now. Despite having a little Japanese salon vocabulary under my belt and a Japanese-English translator in hand, I would still struggle to get the cut I had imagined. This was even before I attempted to have my hair coloured in Japan. These bad hair days of my first year or two in Japan have caused the inertia in the years to follow of approaching salons for anything more than a basic trim, a little conservative layering or dare I even think it, a kawaii fringe.