Communicating at a Japanese Hair Salon: How to Get the Hairstyle You Want

February 17, 2018

The following is an excerpt from an excellent article on “communicating at a Japanese hair salon: how to get the hairstyle you want” from www.tsunagujapan.com.  Rather than trying to recreate with what a I can imagine being a lesser article, we have linked to it here after an excerpt.  Check it out!

Communicating at a Japanese Hair Salon: How to Get the Hairstyle You Want

Trying a new salon anywhere can be stressful, but it’s infinitely more so in a foreign language. Whether you’re a tourist looking for a unique experience or you’re here for the long-run, use this conversation guide to help make your trip to a Japanese salon go as smoothly and as stress-free as possible.

Anyone who has ever been to Japan has likely noticed how incredibly beautiful most people’s hair is. While this may be due in part to good genes, it’s much more likely that these fashionable locals frequent a good salon. The salons of Japan are some of the most technologically advanced in the world, and the staff members pride themselves on their superior technique, exceptional customer service, and that special Japanese hospitality (おもてなし, omotenashi) not available anywhere else.

The basic services available in Japanese hair salons (美容院, biyo̅in) include: shampoo, haircut, blow dry, hair color, perm, straightening, conditioning treatment, extensions, style setting, make-up, and more. While these may be offered in most countries, the experience of a visit to a Japanese salon is incomparable . That being saidHowever, many people visiting Japan avoid this luxurious experience despite wanting to try it simply because of the language barrier. Worrying about communication takes the fun out of an experience that is supposed to relaxing.

Click through to the article for MUCH more, including: 

  1. Basic Salon Vocabulary
  2. How to Make a Reservation
  3. During the Salon Visit: How to Explain Your Wishes
  4. During the Salon Visit: Discuss Hair Designs
  5. Paying for Your Visit



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