Akuma wore a pink and white maid's costume with shiny black shoes with schoolgirl buckles. She had hair-cutting instruments stuffed in her apron pockets like Batman's utility belt. I signed a release form and had Hiromi plead with her, "Do not cut too much." Akuma said I was her first American customer. She told me, "You are very handsome." At least that's what Hiromi said she said. It would have been impolite for me to argue. While I wasn't allowed to ask Akuma any questions, she interrogated me like Nancy Grace after a "not guilty" verdict. Was this my first time in Japan? What did I think about her country? Was the water too hot? How long was I staying? Would I come back to see her again?
Maid cafes have now evolved (?) into maid hair salons, and it's all the rage in otaku city. At "Maid Hair Salon Moe-shan," maids cut, shampoo and treat your hair, topping it all off with a relaxing massage. The "Refreshing Shampoo Course" goes for 2,000 yen, and includes a shampoo, massage and blow drying, but for those looking to get an actual hair cut there's the "Refreshing Cut Course," for 5,000 yen. Other options include scalp massages and polaroid sessions.
By western standards, it's pricey, at 2,000 yen for a shampoo ($20) or 5,000 yen for a man's haircut, but by Japanese standards this is probably about average (some salons charge 8,000 yen for a men's stylist). Kind in mind, too, that you're being attended to by maids! ;-)
At one such establishment called “Moesham”, stylists dressed as maids give shampoos and cuts to a mainly male clientele not intimidated by the salon’s decor, which resembles the bedroom of a young girl besotted by hearts and lace. A few customers even come three or four times a week for a shampoo, said Yuki Todo, stylist-manager at the shop.