What do you come up with when it comes to moving to a new place?
There are many difficulties we face when we settle in a new place, such as where to buy daily groceries, where is the nearest post office and bank etc.
How about a hair salon?
Speaking of hair salon, it takes time to find the right one.
Especially for shy people like me, it’s not easy to find the one where I feel comfortable to talk to the hair dressers and to convey my requirements.
Here, I’d like to share with you this lovely hair salon, HISAKI FUJITAKE, in 黒髪(Kurokami which is in the central part of Kumamoto-city).
A few weeks ago, my good friend Tanima went there to donate her hair. It was one of her wishes for a long time.
Let’s meet Fujitake-san(means Mr. Fujitake) and see how the hair donation was done.
English-speaking hair salon in Kumamoto, HISAKI FUJITAKE.
The owner and hair dresser, Mr. Hisaki Fujitake, used to work in London for 3 years as a top stylist, involving in some shows, magazines and also attending celebrity hairs.
As soon as coming back to Kumamoto, he opened his salon HISAKI FUJITAKE in 2012.
HISAKI FUJITAKE is on the first floor of the building.
From outside, you will not know how the salon looks like.
But as soon as you open the door, you will see this relaxing atmosphere with lovely furnitures.
He loves British vintages. You’ll notice some photos taken in the UK.
I started this blog about a year ago.
At the time, I visited his salon and asked him where he recommended to travel around Kumamoto.
He was born and grew up in Kikuchi-city(Northern part of Kumamoto) so he knows well about Kumamoto.
He suggested 鞍岳(Mt. Kuradake) which was our first journey and my first article.
It’s always great to ask information to locals.
My favorite moment in the salon is the brief massage during and after shampoo. It’s super relaxing!
After cutting hair, he offers a cup of coffee or tea. If you have more to ask him, you can talk to him while having lovely drink(Only if there is no client waiting!).
Let’s learn about hair donation and see how it was done.
Have you heard of “hair donation”?
Hair donation is the volunteer activity which offers free medical wig for people who have lost their hair because of cancer, leukemia, congenital atrichosis, chemotherapy, alopecia areata etc.
My good friend Tanima had decided to donate her hair about a year ago. She saw a post on facebook which was about donating her hair and Tanima was inspired by it. Even though she had long hair, the length was not enough to donate since we need at least 31cm. After having waited for one more year, she got enough length and visited HISAKI FUJITAKE.
Especially for women, cutting long hair can be emotional. I’ve heard that in India, people expect women to have beautiful long hair, which is one factor of being considered to be beautiful.
Usually we go to hair salon alone, but since it was a big event for Tanima, our other two friends and I joined Tanima.
Let’s see the process together and we hope it’ll motivate people to follow her.
Learn about hair donation.
This time, we used “Japan Hair Donation & Charity(JHD&C)”, which is the only organization providing custom-made medical wigs to children of 18 and under for free. They launched this charity in 2016, hoping to bring children’s smiles back who have lost their hair.
In their website, they say that having a wig can not save children’s suffer completely but children can feel positive to their treatment and moreover they will have a usual daily lives. Having a wig will contribute to children to have better quality of lives.
Also this organization uses 100 % human hair so their wigs look similar to their own hair.
Now, we can see reasonable wigs but to make the price cheaper, these wigs are mass-produced, use chemical fiber and the size is limited(basically, S, M, L etc.). Children are growing everyday so soon after they will not be able to wear their ready-made wigs. Parents already spend a lot of money for their children’s treatment so ordering a wig often becomes low priority.
On their website, it says that they have donated 358 wigs so that means 358 smiles they could bring back.
HISAKI FUJITAKE has not registered to hair donating organizations but he can cut your hair as they want it to be and send it to an organization.
To donate your hair, there are some conditions we should remember.
The first thing is the length. The length should be at least 31cm.
I’ve found that some organizations welcome 15cm hair but they can only make short-hair wig. Demands for long hair wig is big because kids have their own preference and hair style is an important identity.
The second one is not to wash your hair before cutting it. If you do, it’s very difficult to make it completely dried. It can get mold inside and they can not use these hair for making a wig. If you go to a salon, they may know about it but if you cut by yourself, just be aware of it.
Tanima’s first hair donation.
On the day of Tanima’s hair cutting, our friends(our travel mates who often appears in this blog!) joined to witness her special moment.
At first, Tanima and Fujitake-san talked about what hair style she would have. Fujitake-san is a professional so we totally believe him.
Not just his skill as a hair dresser is amazing, but he cares about customer’s life style. He always proposes the best suggestion for us.
First, he tied her hair diving into some parts so that the length will be equal.
As a memory, Fujitake-san let Tanima cut her hair before he cut. I think it’d be the great experience to cut our own hair!
He finished cutting Tanima’s hair and made a style.
This is the hair to donate!
Filling out the form and send it to the organization.
Since HISAKI FUJITAKE does not officially register to hair-donating organization, you can send the hair by yourself or you can ask him with delivery cost.
Tanima posted her photo on facebook. She said that hair is emotional but if you ever decide to change your hair style and have enough hair, please donate it. It can bring smile to someone else’s face.
She seemed so happy she could finally donate her hair for someone who need it and also she was happy for the new change.
Highly recommended hair salon in Kumamoto, HISAKI FUJITAKE!
I have been to HISAKI FUJITAKE almost 7 years now.
As I said it’s not easy to find a hair salon where you can feel comfortable and rely on the person. I believe I am lucky.
He is doing his business on his own so you would better book in advance. In his website, you can send a contact form and make a reservation or ask questions in advance.
As Tanima spoke, please donate your hair if you have enough length because your action can bring someone else’s smile back.
Visit HISAKI FUJITAKE.
You’ll be relaxed and refreshed and what’s more you’ll be a great fan of Fujitake-san!
【Information and Links】
Japan Hair Donation & Charity(JHD&C)