If you go to Tokyo, please treat yourself to a Japanese hairstylist visit! I went to one in Omotesando after I had admired all the Japanese women with their glossy, soft, well-groomed hair for three days. How do they do it? Most of them have their hair dyed and straightened = a lot of chemistry. So how do they still manage to have so beautiful hair? “Japanese hair stylists are the best in the world”, I was told. So I went for a four-hour hair straightening session. In Dubai I wasn’t brave enough for the real thing. I only tried the Brazilian Blow-Out thing, which doesn’t leave your hair totally straight and lasts for only three months. But if the Japanese hair artists are as good as their reputation – I thought – then let’s go for the full chemical treatment.
Happiness started with the shampooing: I didn’t sit and had to lean backward. The chair on which I sat was brought into a position that I simply lay on my back so the stylist could wash my hair easily (very comfortable for me). Then the usual procedure started. I really have to say: four hours just flew by. Seriously. You get massages, you watch other people and hair stylists, you read magazines (i loved the Japanese ones – Fudge is one of my favourites. OK, I can only look at the pictures, but that’s fine. See for yourself, you can find Fudge in good book stores even outside of Japan).
The result was pure bliss – and it still is: straight, light, silky hair. I was a little worried that the water in Dubai would ruin the whole thing, but til now it’s fine (knock on wood).
I’m sorry for the following blurry picture. But this is one of the very few of me that exists from that Japan trip after I had my hair done. Seriously. I hate being photographed. This one has been taken in Shibuya. Michiko (on the right) and I pose next to the sculpture of Hachiko, the famous dog, who was loyal to his owner even many years after his owner’s death.