The salon was founded by hairdresser Iku in 2015. Originally from Hiroshima, Iku opened his first salon, Viva Cute Candy, in Shimokitazawa, before relocating two years ago, and relaunching with the name Candye Syrup. “It’s always been my dream to open a salon in Harajuku,” he explains, “I felt this was the perfect place to spread my cute concept to the world”. Living up to its name, Candye Syrup specialises in sugary pastel colours and expressive cuts (“shaved designs are really popular, as well as pink, purple and blue dyes”) attracting a young, creative clientele, including artists and musicians. Some of the Candye Syrup staff also perform together as an idol band of the same name, their own distinctive hair designs forming a major part of their on-stage look.