TAKARA BELMONT CELEBRATES 60 YEARS IN THE UK

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Photo by Andy Tyler for Trevor Sorbie, Bristol 

The barbering and hairdressing industry, and indeed British culture, has changed so much in sixty years. 

Since Takara Belmont arrived in London in 1959 it has presided over seismic shifts in fashion, culture, art and design it has influenced and been influenced by. 

Being at the heart of the world’s fashion capital cemented Takara Belmont’s position as a manufacturer of distinction and perception, as it continues to produce furniture and equipment icons that shape international barbering and hairdressing. 

LONDON CALLING (1959) 

Takara Belmont arrives at the epicentre of hair, fashion and design culture. 

The company’s arrival in the UK couldn’t have been timed with greater precision, as the conservative post-war 50s gave way to the swinging 60s.  

In the decades that followed, the hairdressing industry played host to an eclectic array of trends that impacted on both hair and interior design. 

A GLOBAL REVOLUTION IN FURNITURE  

Since its inception in Japan in 1921, Takara Belmont always had global expansion in mind.  

London, as the world’s fashion capital, was a key destination, and from where the company on a revolution of its own.  

Ever-changing trends have seen products and furniture brands come and go, but Takara Belmont has stood the test of time, carving a unique niche in British, and indeed global, hairdressing history. 

A UNIQUE NICHE IN HAIRDRESSING HISTORY 

With an outward-looking perspective and an increased presence in key markets, Takara Belmont drew on global trends, unique cultural queues, emerging fashion, art and design to build a fresh approach to the application of technology, design and manufacturing.  

This insight and partnership with salon owners has driven many technical advances made by Takara Belmont.  

With a team of world-class product and interior designers, state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and unrivalled investment in research and development, Takara Belmont started as it meant to go on. 

Not content with being an ‘equipment manufacturer’, Takara Belmont’s vision was far more significant. 

“We intended to evolve and revolutionise hairdressing, barbering and beauty, just as quickly as new fashion, art and cultures emerged around the world,’ says territory sales manager, Katie Wrighton. “Our mission was, and still is, to deliver equipment that exceeds the needs and expectations of hairdressers and customers, whether it supports the service and technical demands of the stylist, or the customers’ desire for comfort, luxury and unsurpassed service outcomes. We also intended to transcend fashion by creating classically designed equipment that fits seamlessly into any interior situation. The longevity of many of our products is a testimony to this achievement.” 

SIX DECADES OF INNOVATION  

Here are six miles stones in the UK that highlight Takara Belmont’s journey over six decades. 

Apollo 2:  

Takara Belmont’s arrival in the UK coincided with the introduction of what remains one of the company’s flagship creations.  

The Apollo 2 is as revered today as it was welcomed upon its launch in the early 60s. Globally, it has single-handedly defined barbering and is regarded as the benchmark chair for its iconic looks, robust build quality, performance reliability and comfort.  

Indeed, the Apollo 2’s own evolution reveals much about Takara’s approach.  

With many original Apollo’s still dutifully performing around the world, new iterations have built on its global popularity and universal appeal; this is not restricted to barbering either. 

Adria II:  

Designed in the early 1970s, the Adria II has remained a global best-seller with just one modernisation in its history.  

In 2012 the Adria II emerged with subtle refinements to enhance its experience without tampering with the original design.   

RS Adria II also saw the integration of this chair into a backwash system for complete interior and service synergy. 

Rollerball-F:  

Rollerball introduced ground-breaking infrared technology to redefine colour processing performance and results.  

Greater colour intensity, increased vibrancy and improved durability could now be achieved in half the time whilst ensuring maximum protection for hair structure and condition.  

This transformative technology, introduced over 30 years ago, continues to be a first choice around the world.  

Along with the Micromist and Spa Mist II processors, Takara Belmont sealed its status as a world-leading purveyor of innovative technologies for hair. 

Foldaway Basin:  

Taking service innovation to new levels of luxury, Takara Belmont not only developed the world’s first motorised chair in 1962, but it also introduced the first-ever foldaway basin system just a year later. 

Today’s version, the Salon Console, continues to deliver a fully integrated service and shampoo system customised to the requirements of salons or barbershops.  

In more recent years, this concept has inspired the creation of new integrated systems including the fully functional Aubrey and Dover front and backwash systems. 

Motorised Chairs:  

The Inova EX highlights just one example of Takara Belmont’s application of technology to equipment. 

From everyday functionality that effortlessly manoeuvres clients into the perfect position, to the height of sublime luxury in the form of the Maxim chair, the company’s contribution to technological innovation, product refinement and customer comfort cannot be understated.  

Many products are fully programmable to ensure the optimum ergonomic experience for both stylists and clients. 

Yume Shampoo System:

Representing the very pinnacle of innovation, luxury and technology, is the Yume Series.

2006s launch of the Yume and Yume DX saw the bar raised by unveiling a truly inspirational concept.

It transforms backwash and shampoo experiences, allows for the introduction of additional service opportunities and gives salons the option to elevate its service offering to VIP level.