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Bringing Fresh Eyes to the Salon


Freshman in New York, Sally Takenami is now adjusting her skills obtained in Japan and learning new techniques.

Sally (Risa) Takenami of Tomoko Shima Hair Salon

What is your professional background?
I’ve been working in beauty salons since age 15, and at 22 I became a freelance hair and makeup artist.  After doing this for two years, I came to work here at Tomoko Shima Hair Salon.  I actually arrived last November so am pretty new to the city!

What is your individual specialty?
I like doing perms, and this requires me to be more aware of individual styles.  In Japan people are more beholden to trends, but here you need techniques to satisfy each customer. In addition, blow dry and highlights are two skills I’ve learned since coming here, as these also differ from Japan.  Everyone has been so helpful in terms of my education, and I think this is because our owner Tomoko creates an environment where we are encouraged to be proactive in trying new things.  Also, we’re not your typical Japanese salon, as the staff is quite international.

Do you have any recommended spring hair care?
UV rays are the strongest in March and the sun will just get stronger as we go, so scalp care becomes important in terms of keeping your hair looking nice.  I recommend Plarmia moisture balancing scalp shampoo and scalp treatment from the brand Milbon. Also, it is best to use hair oil for hair repair and care, and again I recommend Milbon’s Elujuda FO Fluent Oil.

What are your personal health rituals?
Before I go to bed, I apply a mixture of one part castor oil, two parts baking soda to any pigmented spots on my face and sleep with this applied.  I also attend a weekly aerobics class where we dance and do weight training for a great workout.



Tomoko Shima Hair Salon
Downtown location
235 W.14th St., (bet. 7th & 8th Aves.), New York, NY 10011
TEL: 646-438-9277

Upper East Side location
171 E. 92nd St., (bet Lexington & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10128
TEL: 212-722-8828

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