Hair stylist Yoshiko Morimoto is on a mission to bring the high-level of style and service available in Beverly Hills to Japan, but offered in English and without the huge fees charged by salons in the most exclusive parts of Tokyo. She has the experience, having trained at Vidal Sassoon in London and at top salons in New York and LA—where clientele included Hollywood entertainers and models—so she knows how to work with Western hair. On her return to Japan in 2001, Morimoto opened Afrodita near Yokohama station. Now, she has clients who travel from Saitama, Chiba and Yokosuka just to get styled. Her friendly international staff all speak English plus other languages from across the globe. Afrodita salon even stocks exclusive American hair care brand Redken. Follow the photos of her latest cuts on Facebook at “Afrodita Yokohama Hair Salon.”
- Metropolis readers who bring this ad for a cut or color receive our new split end repair treatment from Brazilian Blowout for only ¥2,100 (reg ¥3,150)
Valid until March 31, 2014
1F, 2-108-1 Sengencho, Nishi-ku, Yokohama. Tel: 045-311-0139. Wed-Thu & Sat-Sun 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-8pm, closed Mon-Tue. Nearest station: Yokohama. www.yokohamahairsalon.com
At a typical Japanese hair salon you are confronted by an army of staff fawning over you like a movie star or minor member of the Royal Family. And instead of just getting on with the job, they wrap you up like a Victorian doll and subject you to endless interrogation about what you eat and don’t eat, where you’re from, the weather in Japan and your home country and other delightful topics. This might be great for some people, but if you just want to have your hair cut with no extra hassle, you should zero in on Dude. Located among the trendy lanes of Shimokitazawa, Dude is a salon with its priorities firmly in place. Friendly and efficient, the staff give both dudes and dudettes what they came for—the stylish haircut that suits them best. They also provide a totally relaxing atmosphere that leaves their customers in peace. So aim for a hassle-free life—and haircut—at Dude.
- Free consultation in English for Metropolis readers
2-26-10 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku. Tel: 03-3468-9116. Email: email@example.com. Wed & Fri 10am-7:30pm, Thu 10am-8:30pm, Sat-Sun & hols 10am-7pm, closed Mon-Tue. Nearest station: Shimokitazawa. www.dude.jp
Gold Salon’s team of hair stylists have spent years honing their skills under the direction of salon director Howard Regner, and can work with all manner of hair types to provide the level of service their discerning clients demand. Over 98 percent of clientele are foreign ex-pats. The team’s strength lies in the ability to communicate with clients to gain a thorough understanding of each individual’s desired look before picking up any tools. All staff adhere to the “Sticking to the Brief” policy, which means whatever the guest has said during the consultation stage will be followed to the letter. If your hair starts to behave in an unexpected way, your stylist will stop and consult with you again in fluent English. For Tokyo’s best crafted haircuts, beautiful, natural looking hair colours and the sleekest, smoothest Brazilian Keratin Treatments, the only choice is Gold.
- 20% off the total service bill for new clients on their first visit
6F, 4-1-9 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6436-0228. Mon & Wed-Sat 10am-8pm, closed Tue & Sun. Nearest station: Azabu-Juban. www.goldsalontokyo.com
Hayato Salon just celebrated its second anniversary at its new Roppongi location after moving from Omotesando. It was first established in 1994 in New York City before moving to London. Currently, there are now branches in the three most sophisticated hairstyling cities of the world. Hayato guarantees absolute satisfaction for all of its customers. Each team member is bilingual and all do their very best to create a relaxing, comfortable and classy environment. The stylists are all experts, especially at handling the varied hair types of foreigners. The reason for their expertise is that the founder Hayato himself spent more than 12 years developing a training program for his staff. They obtain on-the-job training at Hayato New York for two years where they learn to speak English. When they debut as a hairstylist at Hayato Tokyo, they are more than ready to serve you.
Until the end of March, first-time visitors receive:
- Cut & color: ¥9,800 (reg. ¥14,000)
- Cut & full color: ¥12,250 (normally ¥17,500)
- Cut & perm: ¥9,800 (reg. ¥14,000)
- Cut & digital perm: ¥11,900 (reg. ¥17,000)
- Cut & treatment: ¥7,350 (reg. ¥10,500)
- Services include shiatsu massage, shampoo and blow dry
206 The Roppongi Tokyo Plaza, 3-7-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5574-8844. Mon & Wed-Sat & hols 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm, closed Tue. Nearest station: Roppongi. www.hayatosalons.com
Kenji Suzuki is one of the many talented stylists who have come together at the Bondz Salon in Azabu-Juban, where the relaxed and boutique-like atmosphere makes you feel right at home. He has held high-profile positions in the international beauty industry for over 20 years and having lived in New York for most of them, he is a haircut specialist that is fluent in English. Suzuki was a top stylist at the Antonio Prieto Salon in the Chelsea district and worked for many big fashion shows and photo shoots. Currently, he counsels foreign clients here in Tokyo to provide them with the best personal service they can get in Japan. His motto? “To not only create a client’s hairstyle, but to create their lifestyle.” He believes in working with the client to find a style that not only follows trends, but also brings out their own personal beauty. Both men and women are welcome.
- Mention Metropolis and first-time customers receive 20% off all services
- Pre-book your next appointment and receive 10% off your next cut (20% if you return within four weeks)
Fabio Alfano grew up knowing how to create beautiful hair. After studying at his father’s salon on Southern Italy’s breathtaking Amalfi Coast, he expended his horizons by styling hair in all the fashion centers of Italy. He then honed his skills in the Mayfair district of London, which led to teaching at the Toni & Guy Academy and being asked to add his personal flair to London Fashion Week. From the moment he arrived in Tokyo, at Sin Den in 2006, Alfano’s professionalism, warmth and passion for “the right hairstyle for each individual” energized the popular salon. Though much in demand at fashion shows for their innovation and expertise, Alfano and his team of hairdressers always have plenty of time to put their client’s needs and desires first. Fabio Alfano and his fabulous and talented crew are eager to show you how great you can look this year.
- Mention Metropolis and receive 20% off hair services until March 31
- Shellac manicure for ¥4,500 or pedicure for ¥6,500 (first -time visitors only)
3-9-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3405-4409. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-7pm. Nearest station: Omotesando. www.sinden.com
VIP Creative Hair
VIP Creative Hair International is here to meet all your hair care needs. Their team of experts have served the Japanese and foreign communities in Tokyo for many years. They work to provide a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere of pure luxury in their private treatment rooms. Their exclusive “tewaza” (“hand technique”) spa relaxes head and scalp muscles, improves circulation, stimulates facial muscles and enhances your body’s natural healing powers. The salon staff have extensive experience in the US and Japan and can work with the full range of hair colors, as many loyal foreign customers can attest. Leave your stress behind, relax and enjoy the VIP treatment at this exceptional hair salon.
- Mention Metropolis and receive 20% off on services over ¥5,000 (first-time visitors only)
- Hair: Cut, color, perm, highlights and head spa
- Body: Waxing and facials
2F YS Bldg, 2-1-21 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6408-6132. Tue-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun & hols 10am-7pm, closed Mon. Nearest station: Hiroo or Roppongi. www.vipcreativehair.jp