Yesterday I got my hair cut. (It was close, but my youngest sister Allison won the long hair competition. DAMN HER.) Just a trim. It took about 30 minutes to wash, cut, and dry my hair, which was fine because we wanted to do other things with our day. But it was a stark contrast to the 3-hour luxury treatment in Japan. There were no matcha lattes, exotic pets, massages, deep conditioner treatments, or group farewells at the end.
I thought it was a cool experience at the time, but now I realize just how special it was…..haircuts at Nepenji in Japan.
I was lucky enough to get my hair trimmed there twice. Alex and I first discovered it during Christmas break. I felt, and looked, like shit after my first four months in Japan and was desperately in need of a trim and some pampering.
After a quick google search for Tokyo + curly hair + hair salons, my wish was granted.
Who knew I would find my magical hair fairy of a salon on the back streets of Tokyo?
It’s beyond amazing. If I could get my hair cut there for the rest of my life, I would. They cut your hair dry. Literally, lift each individual curl and cut it dry. Then they deep condition your hair. Then wash it. Then give you matcha lattes. Then let you play with dogs with pink hair. Then style your hair, while they teach you how to style it yourself. Then give you a bag of free samples. Then they all line up outside and see you off.
I can’t even…
If you have curly hair (or not) and find yourself in Tokyo, check out Nepenji Hair Salon. It’s in an adorable little neighborhood near Shibuya. The owner, Kiyoko, speaks perfect English and even trained in New York at the Deva Curl salons.
Did I mention that they also have a pet sea turtle?
If you are in Japan, just set aside three hours and go.
２丁目-６−１４ Ebisuminami, Shibuya
P.S. Alex loved it so much she wrote an article about our first experience for the Toyama Tram and made up a new word: HAIRAPY. Hair + therapy.