It can be hard enough finding a great stylist who can turn your wishes into the perfect hairstyle in your own hometown. But what about when you’re overseas and can’t afford to wait that long for your next trim (or complete style change?)
How will you explain what you want in Japanese? What if they misunderstand and botch it up? How do you make an appointment, ask for what you want, and buy certain hair products?
Fear not. You don’t have to worry about your pocket translator not being able to put your desire into words. Here is a short list of some of the best hair salons for foreigners when visiting in Nagoya.
1.ASCH – Meieki
A short 5 minute walk from the station, ASCH is a rather famous salon known for its great service with foreigners and English speaking staff. Because of its convenience and high ratings, it is a vibrant modern salon that boasts many visitors from all over.
With their young energetic staff and unique menu, you can even make this place a one-stop for all your beauty needs. Not just cut, but makeup, lashes, and even kimono dressing!
The website is mostly Japanese, but you can navigate the menu and take a look at their gallery including photos and videos of their styles. There is even a cute little side menu icon headlined “Welcome! For visitors from overseas,” which leads to a simple page which basically informs you that they have English speaking staff, so “feel free to come!”
(This is reassuring for those who might get nervous upon seeing the site mostly in Japanese!)
The message is written in not just English, but Korean, Chinese, and even Portuguese! So you really can feel comfortable coming here no matter where you come from!
With the reassurance of English speaking staff available, I am sure they would be happy to explain to you what is available and help you decide your style and budget.
Address: 1F Kuwayama Building., 2-45-19 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
Business hour: Tuesday~Saturday 9:00am~9:00pm/Sunday 9:00am~7:00pm
Phone number: (+81) 52-561-6226
Official website: http://www.asch.jp/index.html
2.Cockney Hair & Beauty
This is another highly rated salon with experience in exceptional service working with foreigners for over 10 years. The salon owner himself has actually lived in the UK and trained with Vidal Sassoon for 2 years before opening Cockney in Nagoya in 2006.
Not only does this salon provide consultations in English, but they are also experienced in dealing with many types of hair. Not just Asian hair, but Western and African hair, too!
And they don’t deal with just hair, either. After your cut you can even seal the deal with a relaxing head massage. You can even come here to experience their kimono and yukata dressing services for special events, and can bring your own or rent one of theirs.
The great news is, their website is also available in English! So this will make deciding your plan and budget a breeze before you go.
Name: Cockney Hair & Beauty
Address: 3-20-20 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
Business hour: WEEKDAY & SATURDAY 11:00 am〜8:00 pm/ FRIDAY 11:00 am〜9:00 pm/ SUNDAY&PUBLIC HOLIDAY 10:00 am〜6:00 pm
Phone number: (+81) 52-433-2254
Official website: http://cockney-hair.com/
3.Stateroom Hair Salon
Stateroom is a NYC-style hair salon near Nagoya Station. The salon owner, Hiroshi, not only speaks exceptional English, but is experienced when it comes to cutting western hair. This is because he spent ten years as a hairstylist in New York, and even worked and studied with famous stylists for the New York and Paris fashion shows. (He even has experience as a celebrity stylist, so you can rest assured that your hair will be in very, VERY good hands!)
Not only is he great at styling hair, but with interest and experience in interior design as well, you will definitely feel at home in the sophisticated, New York-esque atmosphere of the salon.
Expect to pay an average of about ¥5000 for a cut and blow-dry, which is a steal if you ask me, considering that you are getting a cut by a person who deals with the hair of celebs!
Services are available for both men and women, and he also offers special discounts for returning customers who schedule their next appointment (in six weeks for women or four weeks for men).
The website is in Japanese with the access and menu information written in English, so it should be pretty easy to navigate and plan ahead of time your budget and schedule.
Name: Stateroom Hair Salon
Address: 118 Hanaguruma Middle Bldg. 5-10-7 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
Business hour: 9:00 am ~ 9:00 pm
Phone number: (+81) 90-3253-5107
Official website: http://www.stateroom.jp/
Uraura is another salon high on the list of recommendations for those who seek not just a great cut, but a great overall experience. The stylist, Yukiko, has over 9 years of experience working as a hairdresser in New York City, and over 20 years of experience as a hair stylist in general. (And you will be relieved to know that she also speaks great English!)
In Uraura you can confidently request a variety of hair styles, be it modern, stylish or casual. The stylists here are known for their knowledge and professionalism, and take great care with all that they do, from consultations (available in English) to helping you choose the perfect products for your hair, to the simple pleasures of just having your hair washed.
The relaxing comfortable atmosphere will also set you at ease and ensures a comfortable experience. The great service here will make sure that you leave with not just a great new look but a wonderful experience.
The site is available in both Japanese and English, with a complete English menu viewable by clicking under the services tab.
Address: 3-10-4 Izumi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya
Business hour: 9:00 am〜12:00 pm / 12:45 pm〜7:00 am
Phone number: (+81) 52-932-5572
Official website: http://uraura.net/
5.ASCH – Dankei Dori
Yes, this is the same ASCH salon as mentioned in our first recommendation, but their Dankei Dori location. Just as mentioned previously, this salon boasts experienced hair staff and is known for their great service in dealing with foreigners.
There is English speaking staff available, so you can rest at ease when you come, and each of their salons have great reviews by local and foreign, past and current customers alike.
The menu is similar across the other locations, and the link to the site is also the same as above. It is mostly in Japanese, but the location and navigation menu is written in English. If you have any questions, you can speak to their English speaking staff who will be happy to help you find what you need, and leave with the hair style of your dreams.
Name: ASCH – Dankei Dori
Address: 3-7 Dankeidori, Showa-ku, Nagoya
Business hour: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am～9:00 pm/ Sunday 9:00 am～7:00 pm
Phone number: (+81) 52-842-1172
Official website: http://www.asch.jp/index.html
And there you have it – a no-nonsense, quick guide of some of the best, top rated salons in Nagoya with some of the best service available to foreigners.
So what are you waiting for? Go get your hair upgraded today!
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