Discovering Sophisticated Japanese Beauty

Japan’s beauty culture uniquely blends traditions and the latest technology recognized globally. 
Japanese skincare has been innovated while adhering to strict Japanese safety and quality regulations. Many beauty brands bring their products to the market with 100% confidence based on groundbreaking formulas and scientific research, ensuring these regulations. Japanese cosmetics are unique as they focus on prevention, based on the original beauty regimen: “Beauty begins with your physical and mental health.”

Because of these factors, Japanese cosmetics are trusted worldwide for their standards and safety. Moreover, they are perceived as a guarantee for long-term beauty and maintaining skin health, not only for a temporary appearance.

Japanese salons have also attracted attention recently, offering various options, including cutting, perms, and coloring, where providing highly skilled treatments is normalized. The major strengths of Japanese salons are the use of chemicals that cause minimal damage to the hair and scalp, as well as stylists who treat customers with heartfelt “Omotenashi,” allowing them to relax and enjoy the time.

It is no exaggeration to say that Japanese salons have established a higher quality salon culture than salons overseas, with stylists who have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to provide personalized treatments.

In this feature, we, the editorial staff, report on our experiences with Japan’s world-class beauty industry!

Whatever your concerns, wherever you are, solve them at the Japanese salons. Enjoy the upcoming season with a confident NEW YOU in warmer California.

Custom-Made Cuts, Artful Hair Care
Kasai Hair Salon is owned by Katsumi Kasai, a world-renowned top-class hair stylist. The salon has been featured in multiple magazines, blogs, and TV programs worldwide. Here, you will receive full service that cares for your hair with seamless excellence for each individual’s hair quality, needs, and lifestyle. The salon is open 7 days a week and is available for appointments and walk-ins.

Celebrities and upper-class clientele have praised the salon as “not like a regular cut.” The salon has a constant stream of high-class clients and also a variety of students, men, women, and children. One of the reasons why a wide range of customers are attracted to the salon is that the prices are more reasonable than the market price. Although it is higher than the regular salon price, it is affordable when you consider that you can receive such world-class treatment from a professional staff that works with globally well-known customers.

A Salon to Experience Superior Services
With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Kasai is a world-class elite beautician whose skills are recognized by top salons in New York and Beverly Hills, and also has won numerous awards. His cutting-edge techniques, including his expertise in LA’s latest trend of perms, are always at the forefront of the times and are gaining popularity. All of the staff members who inherited his techniques have high-class skills. They offer the best hairstyles to meet our needs. They have received comments like, “When I have my hair cut here, it looks great even without styling, and I don’t have to have my hair cut for six months to get a haircut that fits my style.” You are sure to find the ideal hairstyle of your dreams at Kasai Hair Salon, a highly competent and reasonably priced salon run by Katsumi Kasai, who is active on the world’s front lines.

Featuring Hair Stylists – Find Your Match

Mr. Katsumi Kasai

He provides refined and natural designs that complement each client’s individuality, offering cuts that are easy to maintain and long-lasting. His artistic talent brings out the perfect hairstyle for individual customers.

Ms. Nozomi

Her sense of feminine styles and delicate cuts and coloring stems from her experience in a high-level salon in Japan since 2008. Her skills are proven by her experiences with multiple segments of the entertainment industry as a hairstylist and make-up artist in both Japan and the United States.

Ms. Jessica

Newly licensed in 2022, she is already working as Mr. Kasai’s assistant and junior stylist. Her long interest in hairdressing, from a hobby to a passion, allowed her to excel in coloring techniques. She also provides shampooing & blow-drying, scalp treatments, and head spa services.

Ms. Tiani

She works closely with Mr. Kasai as an assistant and also as a junior stylist, learning to become a proficient stylist. Her enthusiasm for beautifying herself and others pushed her cutting skills even more. She is also skilled in shampooing & blow-drying, scalp treatments, and head spa services.

Kasai Hair

Tel/Text: 310-546-0023
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B210
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Open 7 days:
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 9am – 6pm
Wed 9am – 7pm, Sun 10am – 5pm

Nowadays, there are various beauty services, such as eyelash extensions and gel nails. However, some of these services might not meet our expectations, and some may even cause problems. I once had an experience with eyelash extensions that caused constant discomfort and pain around my eyes.

The extensions lasted less time than I expected. At this time of need, I met Ms. Kanako at Salon de Kirei, who let me trust the beauty salon again and gave me confidence by fixing eyelash extensions.

“Kirei” in the name of salon means “beauty” in Japanese. This beauty refers to your appearance and also the beauty inside your heart. I was happy to see and feel “Kirei” in myself again at Salon de Kirei. Therefore, I can confidently say that this salon offers true beauty.

Japanese Spirit of Omotenashi in All Aspects
First of all, all the staff members are Japanese, and they take care of the treatment but also pay attention to everything from their manners in communication with customers to how they move, creating a comfortable space for everyone. All the available rooms are completely private so you can relax to the utmost limit in your own space. They are attentive to the spirit of ”OMOTENASHI,” a concept of Japanese hospitality referring to “wholeheartedly taking care of guests.” Each patient is given a detailed explanation and a thorough consultation, so any doubts are dispelled before treatment begins so that you can leave your body in their care with complete trust and peace of mind.
In the private room, I was able to share all my concerns without worrying about being judged and felt true comfort with their professional care and explanations.

Connecting Beauty and Health with Experiences
The owner, Ms. Kanako, believes “Health and beauty are connected.” This is why her treatments not only provide a beautiful appearance but also promote healthy skin, and nails. Before establishing Salon de Kirei in 2017, she trained and qualified as a manicure technician, eye technician, and facial esthetician at the highest level for over 10 years. Moreover, she owns a Cargel diploma, lash diploma, and certification in California as well. These experiences allow her to provide highly personalized treatments. She thrives in providing beauty treatments that deliver sustainable quality, saying, “I want to make each and every client happy with my attention to detail.”

Find Your True Beauty with Salon de Kirei
Even the most minor treatment provides the best results and has been receiving high satisfaction ratings on Yelp. The salon is also known for rescuing many clients who had negative or unsatisfying results from other establishments.

The services available at the salon include hydrafacials with patented medical-grade technology to clean and hydrate your skin; eyelash extensions with many options catering to your needs; and Calgel nails, which promote healthy growth and strengthening. You will also see their core value in each service they provide. The salon brings out the radiance and true beauty of our skin, eyelashes, and nails, restoring the “true beauty” that is an essential part of our daily lives.

Salon de K.I.R.E.I
Total Beauty Salon

Tel / Text: 310-408-4939
24044 Vista Montana. Torrance, CA 90505
Open: Mon – Sat 9am – 7pm, Sun 9am – 5pm
*Appointments Only

In the harsh sunlight of Southern California, my struggle with dark spots and early signs of aging had me leaning toward expensive cosmetic treatments. That was until a Japanese friend introduced me to b.glen’s skincare, which features advanced penetration technology offering tangible results in my skin.

Skin Penetration Technology: A Long-Term Solution
Typical cosmetics barely moisturize the skin’s surface, as it gets repelled by the skin’s natural barrier. But b.glen Skincare line is different.

It utilizes transdermal penetration technology to deeply infuse active ingredients deep into the skin. Targeting skin problems at the root cause. Developed by Dr. Keller, a former Pharmacology professor at UC San Francisco, this method marries skin penetration technology with high-quality, made-in-Japan skincare. This has attracted a global following of over two million people who all love b.glen.

My experience with b.glen transformed when I began using b.glen’s Brightening Care Starter Kit, which includes a 5-step routine with a cleanser, toner, two serums, and a cream. Within a week, the difference was undeniable: my skin visibly improved with texture and a brighter, more even tone. My friends even started asking me if I had switched my skincare routine! Continuing with b.glen’s products has led to noticeable improvements in my stubborn dark spots.


*Online Store only

Reasons Why Clients Repeatedly Visiting Mikko Hair Creation
Mikko Hair Creation gives you the feeling of being in a luxurious salon without being overpriced. Owner Mikko Nakatomi has received numerous positive reviews for her hairstyling and cutting skills, as well as her knowledge of updated hairstyles. Her understanding of trending styles, attention to detail, and perfectionism have earned her unyielding trust. Her service, friendliness, and care for all who enter her salon are also one of the reasons why many customers have been coming back for over 30 years. Mikko is a great hair cutter for men as well, approved by many clients! The salon offers not only haircuts, hair coloring, and treatments, but also nail and esthetic services.

Experience Japanese Traditional Beauty
Even more noteworthy is that she offers a total service from kimono to accessories, as well as dressing and hair design in the salon. She is also highly trusted as a kimono specialist by various circles and has even dressed the dancers for singer Katy Perry’s stage performance. A rental kimono is also available, and she will carefully coordinate the kimono from scratch specifically for you and your first.

There is no better place to experience the beauty of Japan with Japanese traditions for the first time than Mikko Hair Creation!

Makeup, Hair and Kimono dress-up by Mikko | Photo by Toyo Miyatake Studio
Kimono dress-up by Mikko | Photo by Akiko Whalen Photographer

Mikko Hair Creation
Kimono No Kobeya

Tel: 626-590-2860
380 S. Lake Ave. #109, Pasadena, CA 91101
(90-min FREE Public Parking in rear)
Open: Tue-Sat 10:30am – 7:30pm

To Make Your Hair and Mind Beautiful
This popular Japanese technique salon is located in Orange County and the South Bay, where it is hard to reserve. They thrive with the policy of “the priority is not only to make your hair beautiful but also to create a comfortable space where you can take a breather.” This is shown through the numerous services that include the spirit of “Omotenashi” (Japanese hospitality), careful consultation, and a sense of the “now” in Japan. This is why you will not only have beautiful hair but also leave the salon feeling rejuvenated and with a smile on your face. Experience their Japanese quality techniques and Omotenashi at the nearest salons where you live!

Careful Counseling Building Trust
Thanks to the careful consultation that takes place before each treatment, you can get a haircut that matches your individual bone structure, a natural-looking straight perm, and hair coloring that incorporates the latest trends.

Ability Hair Design

Tel: 714-540-1455
688 Baker St. Ste 6A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 9:30am – 5:30pm
Sun 9:30am – 6:30pm

Umwelt Hair By Ability

Tel: 310-918-8739
1510 W Artesia Blvd. Gardena, CA 90248
Open: Wed, Fri, Sat 10am – 7pm
Sun 10am – 6pm

Aroma Head Spa offers personalized treatments using essential oils in a private relaxation space by appointment only. 

Restoring Beauty to Damaged Hair
Daylight saving has begun, and with the longer days and climate changes, hair is also more susceptible to pain and stress.

The scalp treatment available here will cleanse the scalp and pores while promoting hair growth. You can effortlessly relax and be beautiful without pain or vexation. Sit back and relax, experiencing Japanese hospitality and their personalized care.

Effective not only for Beauty but also for Mental and Physical Health.
The use of essential oils also helps to relax and relieve the stress and tension of our daily lives. Different essential oils offer different benefits for our body and mind. This treatment can also be effective in relieving migraines and headaches. Let the professional relieve hair stress and all the stress you want to get rid of.

Aroma Head Spa

Tel: 213-800-2328 (Text only)
400 S. Baldwin Ave. #2005, Arcadia, CA 91007
Open: Sun 10am – 8pm & Mon 10am – 8pm
*Appointments Only

Conscientious Medical Care by Appointment Only
If you are suffering from a skin problem, such as chronic acne skin, rough skin, and more, or you just want to have younger-looking skin, try visiting Peebro Skin & Total Health Care!
Their treatments can help you to get rid of stubborn acne that you have been trying to cure with all kinds of over-the-counter medications and restore your skin’s elasticity.

They can treat acne of any skin type or age and support healthy beauty with their cosmetic acupuncture, which has wrinkle-removing effects too.

Ask about all your skin problems and get healthier skin with them.

Peebro skin & total health care

Tel: 714-821-7900
Cel: 310-350-9888
408 S Beach Blvd. #108 Anaheim CA 92804
Open: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
*Appointments Only