By JJ Walsh
If you are feeling in need of a quality hair cut or color while in Hiroshima, you should consider pampering yourself with a full-service beauty treatment. Cleo staff regularly do color and cut training abroad as they have an arrangement with salons in New York and sometimes work at international fashion shows, as well as operate a branch in Vietnam. This is a place comfortable working with many different types of hair.
They also offer unique services for all customers- like changing into a robe and slippers to get your hair worked on, which helps you feel more relaxed. The Pacela salon work stations also have a movable glass desk for customers to use to keep a drink and balance a magazine (or even a laptop) on while your hair is being done.
One of the most unique points of this Pacela salon is the two extra VIP rooms available (add 50% to the normal price of a cut). These rooms are very exclusive and offer full privacy. The rooms are equipped with DVD players, internet access and there is also extra oxygen that is pumped into the room to make you feel as healthy as you are beautiful.
The staff are all very good at what they do and are friendly but take the customer’s cue on how much or how little they want to talk. International fashion magazines are available to read and they offer you a robe to change into to enhance comfort. The shampoo station uses the European style upright wash basins- which most people find are more comfortable.
Full service cut and treatments, color or perms take at least 3 hours and usually include shampoo, dry and style. The rates are competitive with other salons, a shampoo, cut, color, blow-dry and style will be around ¥12,000 yen.
Services include haircuts, color, highlights and low-lights, hair extensions, curly perms, straight perms, treatments and party hair and make-up sets for their customers. Other beauty treatments available include head spa, eyebrow shaping, eyelash curling, kimono dressing and more. If you book your appointment over a week in advance, you will receive a discount.
There is another stylish branch of Cleo hair international in Hatchobori (on the 8th floor next to the Tokyo Star bank) which has a great view of the city. It is run by a young, handsome and talented, young staff. They have the same great services and also feature organic, health focused shampoos and treatments. Tel: TEL: 082-962-4012 FAX: 082-962-4013.
Kumi Lipman is an important business leader in Hiroshima who often appears on television shows and hosts seminars for female university students on running a business as a woman or work-life-balance issues. She was very affected by the 3/11 disaster and went up to volunteer and donate beauty supplies to hairdressers in Tohoku trying to get back on their feet. She runs the Cleo business like a family and all of her staff are carefully chosen based on their skill as well as wonderful personality.
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