Beauty salon caters to US clientele

Beauty salon caters to US clientele

by Jannine Myers
Stripes Okinawa

There is no shortage of beauty salons on Okinawa, but just a few cater predominantly to American women. Inner Beauty Charus is one.

Owned by licensed manicurist and esthetician Chiharu Kane and serviced by seven more certified estheticians, including daughter Tiela, Inner Beauty Charus is an off-base salon that is popular with Americans. And according to Tiela Kane, it’s not just because she and her mother speak English.

“We have many great services at our shop with a comfortable home-like atmosphere, and that's something special that I think we offer to our clients,” she explains.

Customer Briana Poore agrees the salon’s services are numerous and highly recommends Inner Beauty to other women. She says she is a regular there because of the great customer service.

“The staff are always extremely patient and accommodating.” says Poore, “They are super lovely ladies.”
Located in a quaint-looking building adjacent to highway 58 near Camp Foster, Inner Beauty operates its services from two separate rooms.

In one room, which also houses the front desk and a comfortable seating area, customers are able to relax while enjoying either a manicure or pedicure. The room is adorned with oriental-style décor that is earthy and warm, and makes one feel right at home.

A couple of doors down, customers can enjoy the pampering of other salon services such as facials and body massages. More in line with the types of services women might prefer for formal events such as the Marine Corps Ball, Inner Beauty Charus also offers makeup application as well as eyelash extensions.

In fact, a large percentage of the salon’s customers come exclusively for eyelash extensions. Unlike false eyelashes, eyelash extensions provide a completely natural look. False eyelashes are applied in strips and glued over the top of the natural lashes. They appear to look real from a distance, but close up it is quite easy to tell that they are false.

Eyelash extensions, on the other hand, are applied one by one with a special adhesive to each individual lash, giving the lashes a longer, fuller and natural look.
“For busy moms who don’t wish to spend a lot of time applying makeup in the mornings, eyelash extensions are a great option,” says Kane, adding that they require little maintenance and no additional makeup.

Lona Blakes confirms the claim. The business professional says she visits Inner Beauty at least once a month to fill in her eyelash extensions.

“Eyelash extensions come in various colors, lengths, and thicknesses,” says Kane. “So customers can choose to look as natural or as glamorous as they wish.”

Inner Beauty also recently obtained licenses which will enable them to soon provide spray tanning and airbrush makeup, services that Kane says customers can expect to be offered early next year.

For more information on the services provided by Inner Beauty Charus, call 098-898-2477 or visit .


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