More Than Just a Business Transaction
For many people, getting a cut and color is somewhat of a business transaction. The most important thing is results, of course. Who wants to leave the salon with a wild hair style? What happens between point A to point B isn’t so important, as long as you walk out with great hair then you’re happy. However, the Japanese salon world is a bit different.
Obviously leaving with an amazing cut is the goal, but the journey from walking through the door to leaving is valued by many. Salons in Japan strive to create a full experience from A to B. From getting a one-on-one consultation to lock down what style you’re looking for, to being offered treatments to focus on your individual hair needs, to head spas and warm conversations, the world of Japanese salons is something I think everyone should experience at least once.
That being said, if you’ve ever looked into going to a salon in Osaka, you quickly realized the insane amount of options there are. Why in the world are there over 1000 salons in just the Chuo Ward? The salon industry here is extremely competitive.
There’s more to the Japanese salons than just getting a cut and color, many Japanese people really want a full experience for their money and this has driven the industry to become extremely competitive. While this makes the business side difficult, the customers benefit quite a lot. You can really get a full experience for the same price you’d pay for a haircut in a country like America. From included hair treatments in menu packages, or extra services like drink bars and shoulder massages, the salons here are sure to wow you.
Bridging the Language Barrier
The next hurdle is the language barrier. There’s two big things about being a foreigner in Japan. The first is that many Japanese don’t speak much English, which can be a little intimidating if you’re still learning the difference between ‘biyouin and ‘byouin’ (salon and hospital). On the bright side, the second thing is that Japanese are extremely welcoming and hospitable to foreigners, whether they can speak English or not. The famous phrase “Omotenashi,” highlights the customer services standards in Japan, customers are more than just right in Japan.
Trust that the salons will do everything they can to make sure you are comfortable as well as getting a good idea of what style you really want before moving forward. I personally suggest trying out apps like Google Translate if the staff don’t already use it off the bat. Once you make that first step, the Japanese salons will take care of the rest.
10 Best English Speaking Salons in Osaka
Here are the best English speaking salons in Osaka. All of these salon’s have stylists who can use English. If you’re particular worried about the language barrier, then look no further.
grace by afloat
A very fashionable salon who’s styles are designs are frequently featured in magazines throughout Japan, ‘grace’ is an up and coming salon in Osaka. With a modern/industrial interior with retro 70’s accents like orange leather seats, this fresh and fun atmosphere is a big drawing point for customers. Despite being such a trendy salon, the prices here are quite reasonable with only a 5500 Yen cut, as well as a full menu of options for men as well.
Address: エスパシオン梅田ビル 6F, 12-6 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0013
Phone Number: 06-6373-7800
TITY is a trendy salon popular among many college students who come for the student discounts. The feel of this salon is very modern. Big retro decals on the windows contrasting with large full-body floor mirrors, this upper floor salon looking out on Osaka is wonderful. Attracting many foreign customers, this friendly salon has a wide range of options to make sure you end up with exactly the style you want.
Address: 〒550-0015 Osaka, Nishi Ward, Minamihorie, 1 Chome−9−9 2F
Phone Number: 06-6585-9767
Boasting an open concept, this classy feeling salon has a very modern atmosphere with stark natural materials and mixed woods contrasting with the bright faces of the staff. ‘hair Mission’ is a fully equipped salon with a head spa, nail and lash salon and a kids room if you’re short on a baby sitter for your appointment. On top of all that, the prices are unbeatable. With great pricing from a cut to a perm or color, you can really get the whole deal here. However if you’re a man don’t let that scare you away, hair Mission has a full menu of options for men as well.
Address: 〒542-0083 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Higashishinsaibashi, 1 Chome−18−7 大質ビル 2F
Phone Number: 06-6245-6554
Website: hair Mission
This salon is run by an extremely successful line of salons throughout the world. Stationed in Tokyo, the assort group has grown branches world wide, including major city centers like NY, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam. Well versed in treating western customers as well as communicating in English, this salon will put your worries to rest as an English speaker. However their skills don’t stop at breaking language barriers, the techniques here are top quality, having a large library of skills acquired world-wide. Also this salon is really easy to book, as there is an online option specifically in English. With a wide customer range of men and women, Japanese and foreigners, this place will surely impress.
Address: 〒550-0014 Osaka, Nishi Ward, Kitahorie, 1 Chome−3−24 ルイール北堀江2F
Phone Number: 06-6534-0504
Craive New York
Craive is widely popular among English speaking foreigners in Osaka. The staff here are well known for being friendly and helpful, doing everything they can to reach the best outcome. With an outstanding array of options on the menus, this salon does it all. The fashionable atmosphere and the view of Osaka matched with the wonderful service, this salon will leave you glowing when you walk out with an amazing cut.
Address: 〒542-0081 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Minamisenba, 4 Chome−4−8 クリエイティブ心斎橋
Phone Number: 06-6241-0323
Featuring a quirky and retro color scheme, this cozy salon mixes takes modern lines and adds some funk. With over 20 years in the game, this salon is definitely not like the rest. You can get everything done here from treatments, perms, and they even have a head spa. Being one of the top spots in Osaka, this will leave you satisfied with the trendy cuts and outstanding service.
Grace Alley’s staff have trained in California, making this a very attractive quality for English speaking customers. After studying on the Golden Coast, they are well versed in the differences between Western and Japanese peoples’ hair textures and needs. With competitive pricing from cuts to colors, and an array of extra treatments on the menu, this is a one-fits-all salon. Grace Alley is also well known for styling appointments, so when you have a special occasion, come here for a blow out or hair arrangement. Sit back and enjoy, while Grace Alley deals with the rest.
Address: Melody-Heim Nakatsu II, 1 Chome-12-11 Nakatsu, Kita Ward, Kita-ku Osaka 531-0071
Phone Number: 06-6136-3916
This salon is quite popular with younger women. Whether you are looking for a trim, or a chop, this salon executes every style to the highest degree. Able to use English well, this salon has been gaining traction with a lot of young women working abroad in Osaka. If you’re particularly worried about not being able to speak Japanese, you can book ahead for a stylist who speaks better English, however all the staff can speak to some degree in terms of hair styling. This salon will do everything they can to make sure you leave happy with healthy beautiful hair.
Address: 〒550-0015 Osaka, Nishi Ward, Minamihorie, 1 Chome−22−6 2F
Phone Number: 06-6556-6433
The last but certainly not the least, allys hair ShinsaibashiOPA is a top quality salon and spa. This relaxing and luxurious spot in Osaka strives to balance every individuals facial structure to the cut, and starts by trying to make the hair healthy to create a beautiful style. This modern salon will relax an draw out your inner beauty, leaving you refreshed and ready to carry out the week.
Address: 〒542-0086 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nishishinsaibashi, 1 Chome−9−2 OPAきれい館 2F
Phone Number: 06-6244-0339
unopulir at HERBIS PLAZA
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, this salon just recently opened in Osaka. With hairdressers who have experience working in big overseas places like New York, this salon offers a no-compromise service, what you want is what you get. Cuts, colors, perms, this salon offers many options.
Having stores in New York and Tokyo, this salon is well connected with new trends and techniques. The owner of the salon frequently travels between these branches to offer his knowledge and techniques to the staff, not to mention, this salon is a total beauty salon. If you’re looking to try out some lashes, nails, or luxury hair treatments give this salon a try.
Address: 〒530-0001 Osaka, Kita Ward, Umeda, 2 Chome−5, 25 HERBIS PLAZA 3F
Phone Number: 06-4256-8808
13 of the Best Salons Among Japanese Customers
Not too worried about the language barrier? Let me introduce the best 13 salons in Osaka. After doing research and interviewing salons all over, our team has put together a list of the most popular salons that offer the best services around. Whether you just need a trim, or are looking for a big change, there is something for everyone here. Take a look and get ready to enjoy the wonderful world of Japanese salons.
The Unreve goal is creating the customer’s ideal look. Meeting with the hair designer Mizuai, he talks about how Unreve’s approach to styling prioritizes the customer’s “want to be” rather than just what “looks good.” It’s easy to just create a style that looks good, but what keeps customers coming back is Unreve’s ability to really capture what the customers want, rather than just create something that simply suits the customer.
Of course, prioritizing the customers ideal imagine doesn’t mean ignoring things like balancing facial structure and natural hair tendencies. This isn’t easy, but Unreve’s ability and professional cutting techniques make creating outstanding textures and precise weight placement possible. You can trust they will do everything they can to create the best outcome with the closest match.
Address: 〒542-0086 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nishishinsaibashi, 1 Chome−12−8 大美建築ビル 2F
Phone Number: 06-6245-0755
Located underground in Umeda, the stylish interior of ‘_13’ with low lit walls and industrial accents truly creates a basement vibe. In particular this salons reputation is in it’s cutting, utilizing custom-made scissors and modern techniques to create lines and shapes. They also have an array of hair care options, such as a keratin treatment derived from natural wool, which is the most popular option.
Talking with the director Hirakawa, what surprised me the most was how he didn’t mention perms at all. These days perms are all the rage in Japan, often used create unique textures and soft waves for many Japanese customers with straight hair. However, for creating most styles ‘_13’ prefers to focus on the cut alone. This goes to show how wonderful the techniques are here.
flower by enn
The sister of the popular salon ‘enn’ in Chayacho, this salon is located in Minamisenba. There are talent stylists here who often win contests, as well as have their works featured in beauty magazines. The shop has an original style book with over 500 photos to look through and choose from, which makes communicated as a foreigner much easier.
‘flower’ is one of the best places for coloring. After doing a color diagnosis they carefully formulate how to get from your current color to the final product, taking into account hair thickness, quality, and previous coloring. After everything is said and done, they are able to offer at home care advice, as well as treatments or products to keep your color long lasting and beautiful.
This salons customer base is quite diverse, from kids to men, and of course women of all ages, this smaller yet popular salon is able to do it all. The stylists here are well versed in the latest styles and trends, and the classic styles as well, so no matter what the goal is trust that CORAZON will achieve it.
This salon loves to create natural looking styles and cuts that you can easily style at home. After going through the initial counseling, the stylist take into account your natural hair tendencies, and things like every day routine to create something that easily fits into your life style. Walk into CORAZON confidently, and enjoy their masterful approach to hairdressing.
Address: Marines Building 1F, 1-1-5 Gamo, Joto-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Website: hair place CORAZON
*Directions:Go out the south exit and follow the river to the left. At the first corner to the left, you will find the Orthopedic Clinic and the railroad crossing. Beyond it, you can see right before the first intersection.
From the north exit, exit the ticket gate and go to the left to find the Keihan Department Store. There is a bicycle parking lot on the left facing the department store. Go up the stairs beside it and you will find an elevated building on the left. There is an intersection when you go about 200m beyond it, and it is behind Takoyaki.
This is a popular and well decorated salon, competing in and winning many competitions throughout Japan. The owner Yamamoto is a seasoned stylists, having studied abroad as well as winning their fair share of contests, Yamamoto’s skills are in cutting and chemical treatments. ZOU’s approach to cutting is balancing weight with facial structures, and really perfecting all of the basics.
Creating modern and trendy silhouettes with natural and easy to style looks is what makes this salon so special. The stylists here actively look to sharpen their skills and are always studying and working hard. Be sure to experience the ZOU STYLE cut.
Address: 2 Chome-1-38 Higashinodamachi, Miyakojima Ward, Osaka, 534-0024
Phone Number: 06-6353-2019
HAIR DESIGN melo
‘HAIR DESIGN melo’ is an up and coming spot in Kitahorie. Lead by owner Sawai, this salon has created a very friendly and professional atmosphere. ‘melo’ values staying on the move. Always working hard during the day as well as striving to gain more skills after work, the stylists here work hard.
Creating a great style is easy, but matching a style to each unique individuals facial structure, shoulder width, etc. is the sign of a true professional. Taking into account each of these measurements, Sawai’s self-written manual describes this golden ratio, and it truly works. All of the stylist are familiar with it, and it’s what keeps customers coming back. If there is a style you want out there but are thinking there’s no way it suits you, I want to experience ‘HAIR DESIGN melo’.
RUCCA is one stop for all beauty salon. From hair, to makeup, food to yoga and more, RUCCA strives to create beauty from the inside out in every woman, really taking inner beauty seriously. With many options, there’s really an endless amount of things to try here.
In terms of the hairdressing, every appointment starts with careful counseling to propose a goal that matches the persons fashion and life style. In order not to damage hair, RUCCA offers the best treatments and also gives careful styling advice for when you’re reproducing the look at home. A stylish and feminine salon, this salon truly offers a different experience.
Address: 4 Chome-3-4 Bakuromachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 541-0059
Phone Number: 06-6245-5620
Avant is a retreat salon in Shinsaibashi. Gathering talented stylists from all over, the owner Furuya has been nominated as a profession hairdresser’s lecturer for Japan’s most prestigious hair convention “JHA.” Well versed in the most popular styles in Japan and also Korea, this salon loves to create trendy bobs that can be easily styled at home.
In addition to cutting, the values of Avant include communicating with every customer. Building trust by only recommending needed courses and treatments is how this salon has grown it’s customer base, not to mention the outstanding techniques of the stylists here. This is especially recommended for those looking for short cuts in the Osaka area.
Address: 〒542-0081 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Minamisenba, 4 Chome−13−11 ミフネビル 2F
Phone Number: 06-6243-2486
Being the regular winners of the big styling contest, “Grand Prix,” on top of covering many magazines and articles, ‘enn’ is a wildly popular salon in Minamisenba. This luxury salon boasts a fully equipped shampoo booth, and outstanding technical cutting methods. Undergoing weekly training, the stylists here are very hardworking and talented. With excellent sense and fashion, they are sure to help you come up with something trendy and suitable.
This salon is also great at coloring, as well as color correcting from previous treatments. After a quick diagnosis, they help you achieve any desired color, and can offer treatments and hair care advice for up-keep at home. This successful and professional salon is sure to leave anyone satisfied.
Address: 〒542-0081 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Minamisenba, 4 Chome−5−4 オカモトビル3F
Phone Number: 06-6281-9933
This salon has a cafe-like atmosphere that is very eye-catching and trendy. However the impressive qualities don’t stop at aesthetics, this salon has a very high-level of technique, especially in cutting and perms. One of the characteristics of MOSAIQUE is razor cutting. With this method, it’s possible create an array of textures suitable for all hair types that normal scissors can’t achieve. It’s much easier to control hair weight and placement with a razor, making a silhouette that balances facial structure when done right.
This salon is particular good for people looking to grow out their hair. Using a gross cutting technique, this salon can layer the hair nicely, getting rid of unhealthy and damaged split ends but leaving the longer healthy hair so that all of the hair is able to grow. This is the best way to maintain length while grow out your hair, so if this fits you please give this salon a shot.
Address: 1 Chome-19-23 Miyahara, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka, 532-0003
Phone Number: 06-6391-2650
Salon MEUZ is all about ‘beauty hair,’ a popular buzz word in Japan. By carefully removing damaged hair while leaving healthy hair, and blending everything together, you can leave with extremely smooth, healthy looking hair. After studying overseas, the owners are very high-level stylists, able to offer many techniques and looks to customers.
Of course, all of this is great. Who doesn’t want shiny beautiful hair? MEUZ proves time and time again that they can satisfy customers of all types. Whether you want something glamorous or more natural, this salon can deliver.
Address: 〒542-0081 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Minamisenba, 4 Chome−13−1 船場心斎橋ビル 2F
Phone Number: 06-6252-1237
A private salon with only 4 seats, this salon is very popular among working women. The main customers here enjoy the fact that the whole process is 1 on 1 from start to finish. The stylists will work with you to find the best style, diagnose any hair problems or issues, and then get to work creating a style.
At Eclat, emphasis is placed on the inner cut, which adjusts the volume of the hair that you usually don’t see. This ensures the weight placement matches the facial structure, keeping the volume only where it needs to be. Each stylist takes into consideration how the hair naturally flows and falls, and makes proper adjustments accordingly. This masterful technique keeps customers coming back time and time again.
This salon is gaining quite a lot of popularity in the Ikuno Ward. Although far away from the big competition in Kita Minami and Chuo, this has become a draw for many looking to stay out of the city center, as well as some incognito celebrities, says the owner. In addition to cuts and colors, this salon also offers extension and lash extension services, as well as a nail salon.
‘KKH’ loves to stay up to date on new styles, so if you’re looking to hop on the latest trends come here! I think with the high level of techniques here, this salon can give anyone a style they really will love.
Address:〒544-0015 Osaka, Ikuno Ward, Tatsumiminami, 5 Chome−1−6 インフィルドハイツ１F
Phone Number: 0120-439-292
Experience a Japanese Salon
Whether you’re travelling and looking for something more unique to do in Osaka, or you’re an English teacher like me living in Japan, giving one of the salons a shot won’t hurt anyone. The Japanese really know how to treat a customer, as well as cut hair! I’m confident visiting a salon in Japan will be an experience you won’t soon forget.