Whether your locks are in need of a quick pick-me-up for your next night out in Shibuya, or you want to experience the latest Harajuku hairstyle trends, you might need to choose your salon and stylist with great care. It’s important that the salon you choose has English speaking staff (if you’re not comfortable communicating in Japanese, that is), and, preferably, caters towards a mixed or foreign clientele. Those salons will usually work with products specifically designed for Western hair types and will be aware of the latest trends and techniques that are popular with foreigners. Without further ado, let’s get into them:
1. Sin Den
Sin Den is a hip hair salon located right in the heart of Shibuya. Both their front desk staff and stylists speak fluent English, so you won’t have trouble making a reservation, or communicating your needs to the stylist. They are well versed in modern Western hair trends, such as balayage and natural highlights, and work with a lot of brand we are used to in the west – Wella, L’Oreal, Revlon, Schwarzkopf, Revlon, and more. They are also one of the few salons in Tokyo to offer Olaplex treatments – a product that does wonders for bleached blonde hair. The prices at Sin Den range from ¥7,500 for a ladies’ cut and ¥6,000 for a men’s cut to ¥23,000 for a full head of highlights.
Name: Sin Den
Address: 3-9-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business hour: 10am – 8pm on Wednesday to Monday
Closed on Tuesday
Phone number: (+81)-3-3405-4409
2. Gold Salon Tokyo
Located in the hip neighborhood of Omotesando, Gold Salon Tokyo might be the perfect place to pop in after a session of shopping in the area. Or not – the salon is pretty popular, so they highly encourage their clients to make an appointment in advance. The best part is that their website offers a convenient form (in English, of course!) that you can use to make your reservation online. After you get your confirmation, you’re good to go – just make sure you have enough time to do your shopping before the appointment!
The prices range from ¥8,500 for a ladies cut and blow to ¥35,000 for a Japanese or Brazilian perm. Gold Salon also does extensions – but a full head of them can set you back around ¥90,000.
Name: Gold Salon Omotesando
Address: Cinnamon Oak B1F, 4-11-15, Jungumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
Business hour: Mon-Sun 10am – 8pm, Tuesdays closed
Phone number: (+81)-3-6438-9722
3. Hayato Salon
Hayato has a couple of salons throughout Tokyo, including one in Roppongi, one in Harajuku, and another one in Omotesando. Whichever place you end up going for, their service is impeccable – fluent English speaking staff, luxurious interiors and products, and amazingly skilled stylists. Most of them have worked and lived overseas, so you might even have a little friendly chit-chat with your stylist while you’re getting your hair done – much like you would do back home!
As far as prices go, Hayato charges only ¥5,000 for a cut and blow, and roughly ¥12,000 for ombre or sombre highlights.
Name: Hayato Omotesando
Address: 3rd fl. 5-9-3, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
Business hour: Mon-Sun 10am – 8pm, Tuesdays closed
Phone number: (+81)-3-3499-6555
4. Assort Tokyo
Located in Minato, Assort might not be the most accessible salon on this list, but it definitely has one of the best reviews when it comes to foreigner-friendly hair salons in Tokyo. They have even been nominated as the #1 English-friendly salon in Tokyo, not only because of their language skills, but also thanks to their understanding and knowledge of international trends and techniques. Their services include cuts, perms, coloring, highlights, and make-up, and the prices start at ¥6,000 for a simple cut. They also have a convenient online reservation system, for those who want to set an appointment from across the world.
Name: Assort Tokyo
Address: Rihei Building B1F, 2-10-28, Kita-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Tues – Fri 11:00 – 21:00
Sat 10:00 – 20:00
Sun & Holidays 10:00 – 19:00
Closed on Mondays
Phone number: (+81)-3-5772-6461
5. Number 76
Also known as Nalu hair salon, Number 76 is an international salon chain that has a branch in Tokyo’s Omotesando neighborhood. Now, their stylists are all Japanese, but they speak conversational English so you probably won’t have a problem getting your point across. The special thing about Number 76 is that they are not afraid to experiment with funky colors and cuts – something that might not be available at just any Japanese hair salon. Number 76’s prices aren’t that high either, starting at ¥6480 for a ladies’ cut and ¥4,320 for a color job. They also do extensions for a really great price – starting at only ¥560 per piece.
Address: 2F, MM Bldg. 4-9-2 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Business hour: Mon-Fri 10:30am – 9pm | Sat-Sun & Holiday 10am – 7pm, Tuesdays closed
Phone number: (+81)-3-5786-1642
Here you have it – five hair salons in Tokyo that can give your locks a complete makeover, or just dress them up for that special occasion you’re looking forward to. As you can see, it’s not hard, much less impossible to find an English-friendly hair salon in Tokyo – all you have to make sure of is that you make an appointment ahead of time.
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