There are many challenges when visiting or living in a foreign country; the differences in language, culture and gastronomy can prove to be rather frustrating at times. Sometimes it is the inability to address one’s very basic needs that proves to be the most exasperating. For instance, when visiting Japan, where would you go to get your hair cut or styled? The need would arise at one time or another, wouldn’t you agree? It is true that the language barrier would pose a problem but even more profound in a nation with so few foreigners, is the fact that the average barber or stylist will not be acquainted with your particular hair type!
Rest assured that when you are visiting Tokyo, Japan you will be able to find salons where the stylists not only speak English but they were trained overseas in places like New York and London and are very familiar with a variety of hair types and styles. One such salon is Hayato Tokyo located at the Roppongi Tokyo Plaza:
206 The Roppongi Tokyo Plaza,
3-7-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku,
Located in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, Roppongi with its vibrant nightlife, shopping and dining features is a hot spot for foreigners. The Roppongi Tokyo Plaza is a mere 40 minutes from Tokyo Station, easily accessible via the JR Chuo Line or the JR Yamanote Line.
The Hayato Salon was first established in 1994 in New York City and currently has branches in London and Tokyo. The Tokyo salon enjoys a constant influx of foreign clients as the stylists are experts in both women’s and men’s hair styles. Each stylist obtains on-the-job training at the Hayato New York location for two years where they learn to speak English. Speaking English is not the exception but the norm here. Further, the salon uses hair products from overseas, some of which you are likely to find in your local salons.
A simple shampoo, blow dry and “massage” if performed by an associate costs ¥ 7,000. If you are fortunate enough to get the salon’s owner, Mr. Hayato to work on your hair, expect to spend ¥ 15,000. Bridal services are also available to those who choose to have their wedding ceremony in Japan. An associate can come to your home or wedding location for a cost of ¥ 20,000 for a 2 hour session. (Hair only) If you would like hair and makeup services a 2 hour session will cost ¥ 30,000. Lastly, although all associates seem to be good, their stylist, Hitomi, comes highly recommended by the salon’s foreign clientele.