Okay so my new life in Japan starts in about a month and a half. That is both a lot of time and no time! After all, there is still some preparation for the job. I have recently made the decision to go “natural” by wearing my hair in braids. No extensions though. Although I personally feel that permed hair is more aesthetically pleasing( I am speaking specifically about my own hair, and not other peoples), I feel that it will be easier for me in the long run. Getting a perm in the states is super easy because there are obviously a lot more people with my kind of hair. Plus my mom always did it. Shout out to mama!
Yes, there are international salons in Tokyo that I could go to, but to be honest, I am very picky about perms. If done correctly, your hair grows and things are good. If not, well… you go bald. Not that I am saying there are no beauticians in Tokyo that can do my “kinky” hair, but the number is lower. This means that the odds of finding a decent stylist is low as well. That makes me darn nervous.
Also there is this thing about price. In America, there are boundless options for getting perms at a variety of prices. On average, $40-$150 depending on where you go, or who you go to. There is one place I researched in Tokyo that does relaxers, but that price exceeds $100 in yen. To go there every two months or so gets really expensive.
Who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind during the year and spend the yen. Or maybe I could use that extra money for a day trip, or importing hair care products from the States. Either way, I feel that braiding my hair would make it healthier by not using a chemical relaxer.
I am just starting to braid my own hair and surprisingly I am doing well. I improve every time I try and that makes me feel good. I would love to keep it up because why not! Natural hair is gaining more acceptance in the world and the business world as well. That is important! As a black woman I always felt that “kinky” hair was seen as “unkempt” and “unattractive” to others for a long while. Permed hair, or straight hair, was seen as “neat” and “good”. I mean it’s still like that in a lot of places, even in the States. Yet, things are changing and it makes me feel more confident in going back to my natural state.
However, I am a very indecisive person, soooo…. let’s see how long this lasts. hahaha.