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KayKay Shimizu

Hairdressing is just a matter of doing something I really enjoy. It wasn't so much inspiration that made me become a hairdresser, but I've found a place in hairdressing where work is no longer work, where work is enjoyment.

I am a technical and imaginative hairstylist, doing session work and editorial shoots for a range of artistry and style. My career in hairdressing started in London, and I've been a hairdresser for 15 years.

I want you to feel comfortable communicating what makes you love and dislike your hair and what makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Then, I create solutions to make sure the goal is achievable (sometimes the goal develops through multiple sessions), and most importantly, it will flatter you.

I moved to the United States at the age of 15 and spent my teenage years and early twenties, and I graduated from high school and college in Seattle. Following my graduation, I moved to London.

I was trained at Vidal Sasson Academy London, and my career in hairdressing started at Windle Salon in London, where I moved from the United States.

But rather than just working in a hairdressing salon, I was trained under the international editorial hair stylist Peter Gray, who was my first mentor.

For years of assisting Peter Gray, I worked with him on over 100 collections (Fashion Week in Paris, Milan, London, and New York), advertising campaigns, celebrities, videos, hair shows, seminars, and a huge number of editorial shoots, including Vogue (Italia, US, Paris, British, China, etc.), Numero, V Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, POP Magazine, Interview Magazine, Another Magazine, i-D, Dazed and Confused Magazine, and many more.

After many years of living in London and living abroad for 20 years, I moved to Tokyo. I worked at an English-speaking hair salon in Tokyo, which developed my client base with everyday styles (more than 95% of Western hair clients base).

I was awarded 2nd place for Shu Uemura Art of Hair - Gallery of Style Japan 2018.

Having a long history of living overseas, my experiences in these different cultures have allowed me to form relationships with people of all backgrounds and develop an intimate understanding of diversity. 

As a bicultural person, I just got used to finding my own identity and being a bit of a foreigner wherever I am. I think a lot of bicultural people have that feeling, but what makes you different is what makes you unique, and I feel comfortable being an outsider.

If I had to describe myself in 7 words, they would be down-to-earth, open-minded, unique, motivated, determined, flexible, and thoughtful.

I keep remembering being true to what I really want and feel. I don't suppose I've known and will know everything, but that is what keeps me alive creatively, invigorating and interested. 

I am also in support of environmental sustainability. I think we all have our responsibility to our earth, and we should all embrace one another's uniqueness. These are also core beliefs of MORROW.

I've now started a venture into setting up a hair studio in Tokyo with my partner Yuki Annette.

Apart from doing hair, I love being in and around nature and water and seeing different types of visual arts, but sometimes even just looking at them is so relaxing, and I love making images. I also have fun listening to music, watching movies and extreme sports. 

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