There is nothing worse than getting a bad haircut. The slightest miscommunication with your hairdresser, and you’re stuck either looking foolish for a week or so, or hiding your bodged ‘do under a hat.
The likelihood of this happening can only be compounded if you and your stylist don’t speak a common language. As such, it’s best if you find a hairdressers that speaks English. If you want a specialist who listens and actually understands your needs, the salons below are the best places to go!
Ryo Izume spent time studying abroad in New Zealand, and keeps up his English by speaking with his many expat friends. His salon, LiPS, specialises in stylish, inexpensive, quick cuts for both men and women, and is easily accessible from Sakko station. Ryo is the only English speaker at the salon, so if you want to make an appointment it is best to contact him directly by using the LINE app using the ID @lkx7325y. At the store, you’ll recognise Ryo by his brightly coloured hair, which seemingly changes from week to week!
Hirotaka Aoiki – Hiro to his friends – studied at Vidal Sassoon in London, and this shows in both his stylist and language abilities. Cockney is just a three minute walk from the Kokusai Center Station and is the hairdresser of choice for young and stylish Nagoyans. Hirotaka encourages his staff to learn English too, holding after-hours lessons in store.
Address: 3-20-20 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 450-0002 (map link)
Open Hours: 11:00-20:00 Tuesday-Thursday & Saturday / 11:00-21:00 Friday / 10:00-18:00 Sunday and Public holiday/ Closed on Monday and 2nd & 3rd Tuesday
Stateroom’s philosophy is ‘natural, sophisticated and classy’ an ideal that comes from Hiroshi Morita’s time spent studying in New York. Also located near the Kokusai Center Station, you can make appointments online, making the service more convenient.
Address: 5−10−7 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 450-0002
Open Hours: 9:00-21:00 Wednesday-Monday
Offering a wide array of services, Uraura prides itself on its counselling and communication with customers to ensure that your hairstyle is exactly what you wish it to be. English speakers should receive this service from Yukiko, who studied in New York. The salon is a five minute walk from Takaoka Station.
Address: 3-10-4 Izumi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 461-0001
Open Hours: 9:00-12:00 / 12:45-19:00 Wednesday-Sunday
Studio A’s owner/stylist Akihito Kawamoto is another who refined his skills in New York. Though primarily a salon for women, Studio A, just a five minute walk from Issha Station, also has many male customers.
Address: 1-157 Takayashiro, Meito-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 465-0095
Open Hours: 10:00-20:00 Tuesday-Saturday / 10:00-19:00 Sunday / Closed on Monday and 2nd & 3rd Tuesday
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