Ketika Anda berpikir tentang perbedaan antara Amerika dan Jepang, Anda mungkin berpikir dari aspek budaya atau sekitar betapa berbedanya masakan mereka. Tapi bagaimana dengan rutinitas sehari-hari atau aspek kehidupan sehari-hari? Satu hal yang mungkin tidak berpikir tentang perbedaan antara Jepang dan Amerika salon rambut, karena mereka biasanya hanya sebuah tempat untuk mendapatkan memotong rambut Anda. Tidak ada banyak lebih dari itu, kanan?
Tapi perbedaan antara salon Amerika dan Jepang sebagai jelas kontras sebagai jalan-jalan mereka. Meskipun mereka pada dasarnya sama, presentasi dapat sama sekali berbeda. Tentu saja, ada pro dan kontra untuk setiap pengalaman (tergantung pada selera pribadi Anda), but today we’ll discuss some of the most obvious differences between salons in America and Japan.
American salons are generally for one thing: rambut pemotongan. But in Japan, you can almost always expect a bit more. A drink is usually served to you (hot or cold), at your request. Some Japanese salons even offer snacks to their customers, especially if they’re doing something a little more elaborate, such as hair dying or perms. This is part of what is called “Omotenashi” or Japanese hospitality that is unique to Japan.
One surprising extra service that is not something you’d normally find in an American salon is the head and shoulders massage. Most, if not all, Japanese salons will give a head massage to their customers while they are shampooing or rinsing their hair. Shoulder massages in Japanese salons are a little rarer but still common enough that you almost expect it. Tentu saja, you can refuse the message, but they feel really good and are definitely not something to miss out on unless you have a specific reason.
In Japanese salons, your comfort is one of the most important parts of the staff’s job. Although staff in American salons will ask if you are comfortable with the water temperature, staff in Japanese salons will go above and beyond, asking about the water pressure, or if they are washing your hair too hard. When giving massages, they will ask your preference of strength or if there is somewhere that is especially sensitive so they can avoid it for your comfort. They will also ask if your scalp hurts and will offer ear covers to protect your ear from hair chemicals or from hair drying.
Although it is not uncommon for one to request a certain style from an American hairdresser, we usually trust they will be able to somehow get your hair right. But in Japan, even the cheapest of hair salons will have a hairdresser that is attentive to your concerns.
In Japanese salons, they will ask you a lot of questions about every aspect of your hair, from bangs to layers, and will even suggest whether or not the style you’ve chosen will go well with glasses. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, as in America, we don’t usually tell our hairdressers what we want so specifically, with just a picture or vague instructions to make it shorter or lighter being enough. But in Japan, they want to give you the best haircut, terutama mengingat bahwa Anda mungkin akan memakai itu untuk beberapa minggu ke depan, jika tidak lebih.
Melihat karena ada banyak perbedaan antara salon Jepang dan Amerika, mungkin Anda mungkin ingin mengunjungi salah satu untuk pengalaman.