16 Feb 2007

questioning japanese hair salons

Since I moved to London, I've been trying to live a more British life as possible, not in a Japanese way. But, there are things that I can't give up like Japanese food. Haircut is also a matter. Among the Japanese residents in London it is commonly said that we should go to a Japanese salon as we Japanese require a special technique for our haircut. For example, the technique called 'suku', meaning reducing the volume by cutting the hair randomly sometimes with razor, is believed not to exist here as the local people don't require it.

Following this theory, I've been going to Japanese salons. But the two salons I went so far were both not that good. FIrst of all, they are very unwelcoming and not motivated. Though their technique seems to be below the Japanese standard, they are very expensive. I suspect this is because there are much more demand than the supply of services and they don't have to make any particular efforts for their good business. The theory above must also be helping them get more Japanese customers.

The salon I'm using is really disgusting. They don't have air condition so on a hot summer day they use the hair dryer only by the cold air. On busy Saturdays, the hot water frequently runs out and the customers have to suffer the cold water shampoo! Even so, I kept going there as the hairdresser who did my hair seemed to be quite good and, more than that, there seemed to be no better choice.

However, recently I started wondering... Is the theory true? I understand the volume and quality of hair or the shape of head differ very much between Japanese and white people. But, London should be the fashion leading city in the world and there must be the latest and the best techniques of haircut. In fact, many Japanese hairdresser come to the famous salons in London like Vidal Sasoon for training.

Actually, there's another reason why we tend to go to Japanese salons. It is... the difficulty in explaining our requirement to the staff in English (not only for this, I must say...). If the theory above is just a superstition, some dresser might have imposed on such weakness of Japanese people by making up such story.

So now, it seems it's time I explored British salons? This could be the second challenge for me for the more British life, following the launch of this English blog, couldn't it? It's not too late, cos I believe there are still enough hair left somehow!


Anonymous said...

Would you please provide the name and location of your hairstylist as I would love to try out such a disgusting salon. ^^

Anonymous said...

i really prefer going to japanese salon wow its amazing how your hair becomes healthy again and the hair cuts, my god i love my hair cut.

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