The owner, Ippei, trained at Vidal Sassoon London for 6 months after previously working in Tokyo, Omotesando for 2 years. Starting in July, 2012 he will open a shop downstairs which will multi-function as a flower art space and grassy garden to the rear of the building. Ippei’s wife is also a hair stylist and color expert. She is also the go-to staff for shampooing as she has great technique and strong fingers that turns any shampoo into a relaxing massage. There is another new staff member at Laff who although he doesn’t speak English is, like Ippei and his wife, very friendly and great at cuts, perms and coloring.
One thing that is striking about Ippei and his staff is how young they are to be running an independent, fashionable shop in the center of the city. Most hair salons are either run by older managers who have trained in other salons first before opening their own; or some shops are managed nationally.
Laff’s success is a tribute to the many young entrepreneurs around Japan making a-go of things on their own. Still in his 20’s Ippei-san started hairdressing training at 17. He says he was always interested in creative things from a young age which may be influenced from his mother who was an art teacher.
Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended. Services available are: Coloring, cuts, straight permanent and other perms. Before going for a haircut, you can have a look at the website Book of Barbering to know all about men’s grooming, haircuts, best hair products, and discover the latest hairstyles.
Most cuts and services come with shampooing and blow-dry. Discounts are given for reservations earlier than 2 weeks, students and seniors. There is also a “friend” discount if you introduce someone to try Laff, you can both get a significant discount. Cash & Major Credit cards are accepted.
**The following prices are for a general reference, they were correct at the time of writing, please refer to the Laff website for the latest pricing, discounts, services and special offers.
- Shampoo & Cut ¥4725 ~
- Cut and color ¥9450 ~ (add ¥3000 for highlights and ¥6000 for whole head highlights)
- Perm ¥9975 ~
- Straight perm ¥13,000 ~
- Super straight ¥18,000 ~
- Elementary: Cut ¥2,100 ~
- JHS customers: Cut ¥2625 ~
- SHS:Cut 3,675~
- University: Cut 4,200
- Color & perms are 10% off the regular price
- 5% off normal price of everything for 60 years and over
You can make appointments through the English appointment form on their website by clicking the “Reserve link”, or call the English phone line listed before.
- Monday-Saturday 10:00-20:00
- Sundays and National Holidays 10:00-19:00
Closed: Monday and 3rd Sunday of the month
Access: One block toward the covered Hondori arcade from the A-bomb dome side of Peace park
Address: 2F IBA Building, 1-5-18 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken
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