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KayKay Shimizu

I am an imaginative hair stylist and image-maker, contributing to editorial shoots for a range of artistry and style from the street to luxury.

My career in hairdressing started in London, UK and I have been a hairdresser for 16 years.

Hairdressing is just a matter of doing something I really enjoy. I found a place in hairdressing where work is no longer work, where work is the enjoyment.

After moving back to Tokyo, I worked at a couple of hair salons in Tokyo, which developed my client base with everyone from everyday hairstyles to luxury hairstyles. (95% or more of my clients are foreigners.)

Having a long history of living overseas, you'll find that I will easily understand what you are looking for in a hairstyle.

I am in support of environmental sustainability and am also fluent in English and Japanese.

If I had to describe myself in 7 words, it would be down-to-earth, unique, passionate, open-minded, thoughtful, caring,  patient.

In the mid-1990s, I moved to Seattle, USA.

I spent my teenage years and early twenties. I graduated from high school and college in Seattle. Following my graduation, I moved to London, UK.

In the mid-2000s, I was trained at Vidal Sasson Academy London, and my career in hairdressing started at Windle & Moodie salon in London, where I moved from the United States.

 

I was trained under the world’s foremost/international editorial hair stylist - Peter Gray.

For years I worked as an assistant for Peter Gray, and 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 editorials and fashion shoots such as Vogue (Italia, US, Paris, British, Russia, China, Japan, etc.), Numero, V Magazine, Harper's Bazzar, POP Magazine, Interview Magazine, Another Magazine, i-D, Dazed and Confused Magazine and more.

 

In late 2011, I moved to New York, USA. I worked as a freelance Hair Stylist for about 2.5 years doing editorial shoots, runway shows, and projects.

 

In late 2014, After living abroad for over 19 years, I decided to move back to Tokyo, Japan, where I was born. 

I worked at a couple of hair salons in Tokyo, which developed my client base with everyone from everyday hairstyles to high-end / luxury hairstyles.

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

 

​I now start a venture into setting up a salon in Tokyo.​     

 ​Sharing My Thoughts

I keep remembering myself what I have learned and being true to what I really want and feel, and that keeps complacency at bay.

 

I don't suppose I have known and will know everything but that is what keeps me alive creatively, and keeps me invigorating and interested. 

A look confines as much as it defines; I aspire to versatility.

Calm Manner and Listening are my superpowers. 

I want you to feel comfortable communicating what makes you love and dislike your hair and makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Then, I create solutions to make sure the goal is achievable and how long it may take to get you there.​  

 

For salon work ⤏ @morrowhair (cut, colour, hair styling, hair care, head spa, etc.)