As a foreigner, living in a new country, it can be a little difficult to find a trusted hairdresser or a salon, who can cut and style your hair just the way you want it. It’s even more difficult, when you are living in Japan, where not everybody speaks English. I mean, can you imagine what would happen if “Please cut one inch of hair from the bottom”gets lost in translation, and becomes “Please leave an inch of hair…cut the rest”! Tears, sorrow and agony guaranteed.
But, fear not. It doesn’t have to all end in tears and pain. Many salons and hair spas in cities across Japan are targeting foreign customers, in order to boost their business. This means having staff that speak and understand English, and even creating an international ambience where foreign customers feel more welcome and comfortable.
Here’s a list of some great hair salons in Sendai. If you live in the Miyagi prefecture, and are tired of cutting your own hair, you really must visit one of these places soon. And yes, you can always thank me later 🙂
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H.U.G, which stands for Hair, Upgrade, Glad, has a mission. The owners not only want to make their customers hair beautiful, but they wish to provide an overall sense of pleasure and satisfaction to their customers, based on their hair. They aim to be a low-cost hair salon, where women (and men, as well) will feel welcome at all times, for all their hair and hair damage problems. But even though they aim to be an affordable salon, there is nothing ordinary or inexpensive about the ambience and style of the salon itself. Their warm wooden interiors give a sense of cosiness and friendliness, and the great service makes you feel even more like royalty.
2.Behive Ichibancho Aveda
Behive Ichibancho Aveda is one of the most popular hair salons in Sendai, and with their reputation for great styling and warm service, it’s no wonder why. This salon plus store promotes organic hair and beauty products to ensure the best results for customers. Whether you want a cut, a perm or a straight perm (which means getting your hair straightened), they offer all the usual hair styling options. They also offer hair conditioning treatments, to strengthen weak hair or to combat hair loss.
One of the most popular treatments that Behive Ichibancho is famous for is their hair colouring treatment. They use colour that is primarily derived from plant components, making it natural and safe for hair. This colour also lasts longer and also gives a lustrous look to the hair. They also offer a large number of colour options, which can be tailored to suit your overall look and personality. Another great plus for this salon is that most of the staff here can speak English, and as a result, several foreigners ofter come to this salon to get their hair cut.
Name: Behive Ichibancho Aveda
Address: 3F Ichibancho Heiwa-Billding, 3-6-1 Ichibancho, Aoba-Ku, Sendai, Miyagi
Business Hour: Tuesday~Saturday 10:30-19:30/Sunday&Holiday 10:00-18:00
Phone Number: (+81) 223-98-5393
Official Website: http://behive-jp.com/wp/ichibancho/
3.Savon Hair Design Casa
Savon Hair Design Casa offers customers an extremely comfortable ambience and the latest technology to get their hair and beards styled and cut. This salon is open 7 days a week, and generally there are no long waits here. They provide personal, customised service and ensure that all customers get the best possible service, from the time they walk into the salon, till the time they leave. They have multiple stylists, including men and women, who are focussed on giving you the most perfect hair treatment you could imagine. The stylists are well trained and warm and friendly, and recommend products and services, best suited to the needs of each customer.
They also provide you with a free drink and some candies and sweet while you wait, or are getting your hair done at the salon, which only makes the overall experience all the more enjoyable.
Name: Savon Hair Design Casa
Address: 3F IBUBURIAN.bld, 2-3-21 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi
Business hour: 10:00-22:00
Phone number: (+81) 22-224-8680
4.hairmake& design Axe-l
Located in the Hokke Club Hotel, Axel offers customers a classic selection of haircuts, and treatments, including colouring and styling services. The team is truly passionate about their work, and they focus on being more than just a ‘place which cuts hair’, but ‘a place that makes you look and feel beautiful and happy’.
The entire area inside the salon is filled with aromatic scents and lots of plants and flowers to help customers relax and be comfortable. They also have private rooms or pair rooms where couples can get their hair done together. For guests with children, they also have a kids room, to help keep the kids occupied. They also serve teas from around the world, including green tea, non-caffeine tea, original blended tea, and flavoured tea. The great team here doesn’t distinguish whether you are old or young, foreign or local, they just ensure that you get the best service possible.
Name: Hairmake&design Axe-l
Address: 1F HOKKE-CLUB SENDAI, 2-11-30 Honmachi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi
Business hour: Tuesday~Saturday 10:00-20:00/Sunday 10:00-19:00
Phone number: (+81) 223-93-8857
Official website: https://hairmakeaxel.jimdo.com/
This hair salon is quite well-known for its carbonated water hair treatment that removes dirt and silicon from hair. Most customers recommend this treatment, along with the Kerastase shampoo treament. The friendly staff does a great job of making one feel pampered and the stylist is known to even gives good advise when it comes to hair care and beauty treatments. Like other good salons, they also offer tea, coffee and other beverages while customers wait. And they also give you a discount if you get a haircut or styling done there in your birthday month.
Address: 2F Clisroad Abekamaboko.Bld, 2-3-18 Chuo, Aoba-ku ,Sendai, Miyagi
Business hour: 10:00-19:00
Phone number: (+81) 22-222-8431
Official website: http://lenahc.co.jp/
Whether you are looking for a simple hair cut, or restyling your hair, with some new highlights, there are several great salons in Sendai. Some of them specialise in hair colouring, others in hair straightening or curling. A few stylists also take bookings for odd times, like before the salon opens up, in case of emergencies. Another plus point is that many of these salons have stylists who have worked with international customers a lot, and know how to style and take care of hair of people from different parts of the world.
So, whatever your hair type, colour and requirement, you can be sure to find something that meets your needs in Sendai.
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