In Japan, hair has never been just hair. "For ancient Japanese people, a woman's hair transmitted life."
The country's whole hair culture isn't merely cosmetic. Hair salons embody, as website Chopsticks NY pointed out, Japan's notion of omotenashi or "hospitality", where the attention to detail and attentive service goes well beyond simply cutting hair.
A survey showed that Americans liked Japanese hair salons in New York City for the following reasons:
Advanced Techniques and Meticulous Care
Well-Developed Hair Products
Omotenashi (hospitality) Spirit in Beauty Services
Left alone Japanese hair is typically thick and coarse.Wanting to change this, hair is straightened, bleached and then colored, and thinned. Japanese male hairstyles would be considered feminine in Western culture.