Hairdressers in Japan - Curiosities and Vocabulary

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Want to cut your hair in Japan and don't know where to start? Japan's hair salons are wonderful, but they can be expensive, they have different names and the Japanese may not have the experience with their hair. In this article we will talk a little about the barbers, beauty salons or hairdressers in Japan.

Traditional barber shops can be identified by a revolving post with striped colors of blue, red and white. They are called tokoya (床屋) and are aimed at the male audience, where the majority are middle-aged men. The beauty salons are called biyouin (美容院) and are intended for both sexes.

Differences of hairdressers in Japan

There are many different things about a hairdresser in Japan. They usually cover their face with a cover to wash their hair. The covers usually have arms, and many salons offer drinks such as tea, coffee or even soft drinks. The price can vary if your sabelo is too long and the weekends are usually more expensive.

Hairdressers in japan - curiosities and vocabulary

Salons tend to offer low prices if it is just the cut. Many salons charge for using Shampoo and drying in the service. The cuts can range from 500 to 3000 yen. Of course, there are many other services involving hair that are much more expensive.

Although beauty salons in Japan are expensive, their experience and service is incredible. It is very normal for hairdressers to offer something to drink, a shoulder massage and even washing your hair with shampoo (it looks like a massage too).

Tokyo's most popular beauty salons and hairdressers are hayato, shinka, assort, sozo, bondz salon, natura and hiroin. If you are traveling through Tokyo, we recommend these places. Remembering that, as they are the most popular, they are probably the most expensive.

Most lounges have massage chairs, offer services such as ear cleaning and provide other procedures for comfort and relaxation. There are many salons that already have the objective of serving foreigners. They end up creating real community centers for foreigners to delve into the culture.

Hairdressers in japan - curiosities and vocabulary

Japanese vocabulary and haircuts

There are thousands of words related to haircut and used in beauty salons. Know some below:

PortugueseJapaneseRomaji
Barber Shop床屋tokoya
Barber理容師riyoushi
Cut切るkiru
Cutカットkatto
Long長い / ロングnagai / rongu
I enjoy短い / ショートmijikai / shooto
Mediumミディアムmidiamu
Haircut髪のカットkami no katto
Hairdresser美容師biyoushi
Frizzクセkuse
Bobボブsilly
Beauty salon美容院biyouin
Washingヘアサロンhea saron
Shampooシャンプーshampuu
Hair treatmentブローburoo
Treatmentトリートメントtoriitomento
Permanentパーマpaama
Straighteningストレートパーマsutoreeto pama
Dyeカラーkaraa
Fringe前髪maegami
Peak cutシャギーshagii
Razor cutレザーカットpray katoo
Cut with scissorsスキバサミsukibasam
Trace cutストロークカットsutorooku katto
Layer cutレイヤーカットreiyaa katto
Effect cutエフェクトカットafekuto katto
Manicureヘアマニキュアーheamanikyuaa
Hairstyle髪型kamigata
Wavy Hairウェーブweebu
Mushroom Cutマッシュmasshu
Texture, hair wave髪質kamishitsu
Straight hairストレートsutoreeto
Brown hair茶髪chapatsu
Black hair黒髪Kurokami
Blond hair金髪kinpatsu
White hair白髪shiraga
Roots根元nemoto
Moustache口髭kuchi hige
Beard顎髭ago hygiene
Combkushi
razorカミソリkamisori

Phrases to speak at the hairdresser

How much does a haircut cost?カットはいくらですか?Katto wa ikura desu ka?
What length do you want?長さはどうしますか?Naga-sa wa dou shimasu ka?
I want to cut my hair, please.カットをお願いしますKatto wo onegaishimasu.
Can you cut it a little shorter please.もっと短くしてください。Motto mijikaku shite kudasai.
Please cut this far.この辺まで切ってください。Kono hen made kitte kudasai.
Is this length okay?長さはいかがでしょう?Nagasa wa ikaga deshou?
Cut a little more please.もう少し切ってください。Mousukoshi kitte kudasai.
Please show me color samples.色のサンプルを見せてください。Iro no sanpuru wo misete kudasai.
Please put some gel on the hairヘアジェルをつけてください。Hea jeru wo tsukete kudasai.

Although we share some phrases, remember that numerous dialogues can arise within a beauty salon in Japan. Be sure to go with a friend who is fluent in Japanese.

I hope you enjoyed this short article. Share your experience at a beauty salon or hairdresser in Japan through our comments. We appreciate comments and shares. We also recommend:

Finally, we will leave a video of our Japan channel every day, where they visit a Tokoya.

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