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Takara Belmont Celebrates 6 Decades in the UK

Monday, 03 June 2019 09:08

This year marks a significant milestone in the story of Takara Belmont in the UK – 60 years since it first supplied the iconic salon furniture and equipment that has shaped the image of professional barbering and hairdressing.

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

1959: London Calling

Takara Belmont arrives at the epicentre of hair, fashion and design culture. Takara Belmont’s arrival in the UK couldn’t have been timed with greater precision, as the conservative post-war 1950s yielded 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 

Despite this, Takara Belmont has achieved something truly exceptional. Since its inception in Japan in 1921, Takara Belmont always had global expansion in mind. London, precisely because of its position as the world’s fashion capital was a key destination, and from where the company embarked on a revolution of its own. As ever- changing trends has seen many products and furniture brands come and go, 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 increasing presence in key markets, Takara Belmont drew on global trends, unique cultural aspects, emerging fashions, art and design to construct a new approach to furniture and equipment design and manufacturing, and the application of technology. It ingrained itself in the affect of these trends on salon life; how they drove consumer expectations for fashion-first hairdressing and barbering, and how fresh demands were placed on hairdressers for technical expertise in cutting, colouring and hair processing. 

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 R&D, Takara Belmont started as it meant to go on. Not content with being an ‘equipment manufacturer’, its vision was much more significant.

Six Milestones Marking Six Decades Of Innovation In The UK 

Here are just six milestones that highlight Takara Belmont’s journey over six decades: 

1: 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 1960s. 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. 

2: Adria II:

The Adria II styling chair tells a similar story. Designed in the early 1970s, its popularity has endured to remain a global best seller, with just one modernisation in its entire history. In 2012 the Adria II emerged with subtle refinements to enhance this hairdressing stalwart 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 coordination. 

3: 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. 

4: Foldaway Basin:

Taking service innovation to new levels of luxury, Takara Belmont not only developed the world’s first motorised chair, back in 1962, 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 looking for space maximisation, or to present a stunning service showpiece. 

5: Motorised Chairs:

The Inova EX highlights just one example of Takara Belmont’s application of technology to equipment. From everyday functionality that seamlessly and 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. 

6: 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. 



  • Takara Belmont Celebrates 6 Decades in the UK

  • Trevor Sorbie Salon, Bristol (Andy Tyler Photography)

  • Daniel Galvin Salon

  • Daniel Galvin Salon

  • Takara Belmont Celebrates 6 Decades in the UK

  • Takara Belmont Celebrates 6 Decades in the UK

  • Takara Belmont Celebrates 6 Decades in the UK


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