Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Tops Tuesday

Not Tops

Spring rains set it this past week or so and in Japan, moisture = humidity, and humidity = insane hair frizziness. A mild inconvenience you may be thinking? No. Try an ungodly mess perched on top of your head leaving you in a position where your students and coworkers struggle to take you seriously (because there is a thing on your head). Imagine spending each morning painstakingly flat-ironing your hair (as I did) only to find not 15 minutes later, before you have even left the house, your hard work has been undone and your hair has frizzed up! The stuff of nightmares, my friends. The stuff of nightmares. ...Well, if you have naturally curly hair that you wear straight and you live in Japan. Positively hell on earth!


Fret not. I have discovered the wonders of the Japanese straight perm. This miracle treatment obliterates any potential frizz risk in a matter of hours. No longer will leaving your house on a rainy--nay, any high-humidity--day require you to spend hours taming unruly locks. I actually wrote a post about the Japanese straight perm way back in mid-2011 the first time I got the treatment done. Check out that post for all the relevant details on getting a straight perm procedure in Japan. I definitely recommend it! It will save you a lot of time and stress. I also recommend the Toni&Guy salon in Shizuoka City where I get my cuts and straight perms. English-speaking staff is always a plus!

Where is your favourite hair salon in Japan?


  1. Haha! I'm glad your hair woes are solved. :P My hair must be used to humidity because it's always tame. I guess I got lucky in that department. :P

    Or maybe hair adapts, and I've lived in humid south Florida my whole life. :P

    1. You must be lucky! I know so many girls who come to Japan and are so surprised by the humidity and its affect on their hair so I'm always recommending the straight perm. :)

  2. I feel you on this one! I have curly hair and during my first summer in Japan I cut it all off so short! When I lived in Hamamatsu I always went to Toni & Guy there, and it was brilliant. ;)

    1. I've heard great things about the Toni&Guy in Harajuku too. It seems they are a very popular hairdressing chain with westerners. :)


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