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Address: G/F City Center Bldg., 338 Ortigas Ave., Greenhills, San Juan
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last call is at 7 p.m.), Monday to Sunday (except special holidays)
How much to shell out: Ladies' cuts range from P400 to P2,500, Men's from P300 to P2,500; Color starts at P2,000
The lowdown: After learning the ropes at Vidal Sassoon, Japanese hairstylist Shuji Kida opened his own salon and expanded to different branches in the United States and Asia. His quick, efficient hands have styled the locks of celebs like Jennifer Aniston. Kida visits Manila once or twice a year to service special clients, and when he isn't around, his team, headed by creative director Shigeki Ogaki, provides loyal clientele with the fashionable precision cuts and up-to-the-minute coloring that Kida is known for.
The verdict: Whether it's the ancient art of the Tea Ceremony or the traditional way of preparing sushi, the Japanese have a way with rituals. They are simple yet intricate, and that's what Shuji Kida Hair Salon is all about.