What should I know before entering a Japanese barber or hair salon in Japan?

The Three P's



Japanese hair salons are known for great service and outcomes. However, to make your experience successful, there are three P’s you should keep in mind: Pictures, phrases and price.
Pictures. It is always a good idea to have a picture of what you want your hair to look like using pictures on a piece of paper or on your phone. I usually go to the hair salon slightly earlier than my appointment to look through the magazines offered and to show the hair stylist what I want my new style to be. This makes the process easier, especially if there is a language barrier between the hair stylist and the customer.
Phrases. For a better and smoother experience, you should learn several phrases in Japanese, such as “長さ (nagasa)” meaning length, “パーマ (paama)” meaning perm and “カラー (karaa)” meaning color.
Price. Japanese hair salons tend to have a unique pricing system, in which the position of your hairstylist changes the price of the hair cut. I usually have a stylist, the cheapest choice, cut my hair and I always come out happy! Japan is also a great place to perm or straighten your hair, because so many people do it! Although they are expensive, you should definitely give it a try if you’ve always wanted straight or curly hair!

by RieS

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