The rainy season is officially upon us, which means that it’s also time for the annual bad hair month for us living in Japan, especially the ladies with curly and frizzy hair. I mean, aren’t you annoyed at how much time you waste every day making your hair perfect — only to see all that effort go down the drain as soon as you step out of the house? We know this too well: the humidity and wetness that comes with the rainy season is the worst recipe for good hair that lasts all day long. But with a little bit of preparation and careful planning, the weather won’t bother you and you’ll be your usual stunning self in no time.
Here are a few tips and tricks recommended by professional hairstylists on how to stay on fleek during Japan’s rainy season.
1. Yes, get that straight perm
If you’re ready to commit to a more permanent solution, doing a straight perm is the first thing you should do with your hair. Not only will it leave your hair silky and smooth, but it will last for the whole year (or at least half year if you have more curly hair). The straight perm (縮毛矯正, shukumo kyosei in Japanese) will spare you the daily hair iron stress, leaving you with more time to enjoy your mornings and get ready for work. The price of getting one ranges from around ¥7,000 to over ¥20,000, depending on the salon, but it’s definitely worth the investment.
One of our favorite salons, Toni & Guy is currently offering a special 30 percent off discount for first-time customers getting a haircut and straight perm in a single visit at their salons in Ebisu, Harajuku, Hiroo and Aoyama, so go ahead and make good …continue reading