The Weekender’s Guide to Tokyo’s Hottest Beauty Salons
As we head into our favorite season of the year full of cherry blossoms and ideal weather, we rounded up a list of our top beauty spots in Tokyo to recover from those extra cold days of winter this year. From hair salons to beauty shops, here are our top picks:
Nails can always use a little cheer, and whether you’re in for a French manicure, gel or customized decoration, the English-speaking nail technician and salon owner Rie-san will happily welcome you in the Shibuya salon, which is just 1 minute from Shibuya Station. You can browse their English website to check out their extensive menu, or go ahead and book the popular and durable French Calgel, starting at ¥8,400. Calgel is an advanced nail system that promotes a healthy nail, and won’t damage your nails like harsh acrylics can. You can pick from among over 80 shades, and choose special techniques such as art, gradation or French manicures, and get your nails done while watching a big-screen TV in a comfortable massage chair. Basic manicures (cut, file, massage, cuticle treatment, color) and pedicures are also offered, and the salon has a special menu for brides-to-be. First-time customers get 10% off their first visit.
Manchester-based beauty brand, Grace Cole, recently debuted their new collection, adding four new fragrances to the body care line. As we head into the spring season, the Floral collection fragrances are sure to complement this season’s ambience, with scents including white rose & lotus flower, lavender & chamomile, magnolia & vanilla, and lily & verbena. The lightweight creams enriched with natural essential oils will leave your skin glowing and fully recovered from the dry winter season. But the carefully crafted products aren’t just meant for women to enjoy, the Floral collections are suitable for men and women of all ages. Find the collections online or in selected shops if you’re looking for the perfect gift or to indulge yourself!
WEC Hair, located in the trendy yet relaxing neighborhood of Ebisu, is a hair salon whose name is inspired by the World’s End district in London where owner Kenji gained most of his hairdressing experience. Kenji worked in London and New York as a hairdresser for over three years, styling customers from all around the world. After his return to Japan, Kenji opened up his own shop in November of 2012, 5 minutes from JR Ebisu Station, and continues to practice his specialty techniques while also giving seminars on his color skills to Japanese hairdressers. Many of his clients include British and Americans who appreciate his international experience and specialties in highlights, cut, straightening, and perms. To book an appointment with Kenji, email firstname.lastname@example.org. First time customers will receive a 20% discount.
Address: Bondz Salon 4th floor, 1-8-13, Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
Leave your locks in the hands of a professional and experienced stylist: English-fluent Kenji Suzuki has been part of the high profile, international beauty industry for over 20 years. He lived in New York City for most of those years, taking care of the city’s stylish clientele. Having relocated to Tokyo last year, he joined Bondz Salon in Azabujuban, which rounds up a crew of highly skilled stylists. With several years of salon and fashion industry experience under his belt, he is now ready to introduce his NYC-acquired knowledge to Tokyo, and “not only creating clients’ hairstyles but also creating their lifestyles” is his motto. He specializes in men’s and women’s haircuts, and first-time clients get a 20% discount, with an additional 10% off for your next, pre-booked haircut.
Getting a haircut in Japan should not involve being lost in translation: hair stylist Soeda Kensuke has spent five years working in NYC and specializes in Caucasian haircuts and color. The stylist is aware of the cutting-edge trends but will also take into consideration your specific styling needs, which can be discussed in detail during the consultation. One of his specialties is blonde highlights, which is a difficult service to find in Tokyo. Let the experienced hands of Soeda-san get your color just right. Conveniently located a few steps away from Daikanyama station, this English-speaking salon will cover all your hair needs for the reasonable fee of ¥6,825 for a basic cut, with a 20% discount for first-time clients, and 10% off the second visit. Soeda also specializes in both formal and casual styles for men, and the full service treatment includes a shampoo and blow dry.
It’s finally getting warmer: time to shed those outer layers. This spring, to ensure smooth skin that’s free of excess hair, rather than shaving or waxing, why not try a safe, longer-lasting solution? MDSA is a salon that offers effective results thanks to Intense Pulsed Light hair removal treatment, located two minutes away from Azabu-Juban Station. Many of MDSA’s clients are foreigners, and the salon is proud to offer service and consultation in English. You can have your choice of male or female staff, and all treatments are performed in fully private rooms. They offer the most popular hair removal treatments for men and women, and trial prices are also available. If you’ve never tried light-based hair removal treatments before, feel free to arrange a free consultation or patch test.
Phone: 03-3444-3055 (Hiroo), 03-6804-5285 (Omotesando)
Address: Muramatsu Building 4F, Minami Azabu 5-16-4,
Minato-ku, Tokyo (Hiroo) | Lamial Jingumae #102, Jingumae 4-8-17, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Omotesando)
Let the highly qualified NUA technicians pamper you with a range of treatments ranging from facials and waxes to manicures, pedicures and hair removal. Need a bit of a boost? Facials offer a deep cleanse and help you achieve a clearer complexion. Beyond the pampering are the health benefits associated with facials, including increased circulation and lower blood pressure. Take your facial a step further with the Photocare Antiaging Facial, the most advanced non-invasive procedure for skin rejuvenation. Or try a Microcurrent Facelift, which improves and lifts sagging skin, treats the dreaded double chin, stimulates facial muscles, and enhances skin tone and vibrancy. And as beach season is fast approaching, you can achieve a smooth leg and bikini area with IPL hair removal, or go Brazilian with the Hot waxing method.
Treating the mind, body and soul, this lounge-like esthetic salon will leave you feeling relaxed, revitalized and completely reinvigorated. Holistic Sanctuary is more than just a modern, sleek space: targeting mostly a male clientele, owner Keiko Chiba is aware of men’s increasing interest in personal grooming. Join the sports stars and celebrities who frequent the salon regularly to get your own personalized treatments: aromatherapy, deep tissue massage, reflexology, Swedish massage, manual lymphatic drainage, facial massage, hot and cold stone massages, and Thai foot massage are all part of the menu. Ladies are also welcome to the salon for the same blissful experiences, and couple/pregnancy treatments are even available. Lipo-cavitation (non-surgical ‘lipo-suction’) will help you slim down, and the Phytomer treatment can help you free yourself of all of the stresses of city life.
Elana Jade: Organic Salon
The Australian-themed salon offers a wide range of personalized treatments according to your skin type and needs, and the attentive staff will pamper you using exclusively organic products. Although well sought after for their waxing and hot-stone massage services, the Elana Jade salon is fast becoming famous for their organic anti-age and peeling facials. In fact, celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson have praised the exclusive IIcsi products used in the Elana Jade Peeling Facial. Mommies-to-be can also find a range of prenatal massages and treatments to fit their needs during that special time. “Your oasis in the heart of Tokyo”
Address: Latorie Memorial Building 3F 1−5−19 Azabujuban, Minato-ku,