Koichi KayKay Shimizu
KayKay is a prolific and imaginative hair stylist and image-maker, contributing to editorial shoots for a range of artistry and style from street to luxury.
He was trained under the world’s foremost hair stylist, Peter Gray.
KayKay is also in support of environmental sustainability, and fluent in English and Japanese.
In the mid 1990s, KayKay moved to Seattle, USA.
He spent his puberty and graduated from high school and college in Seattle.
Following his graduation, he moved to London, UK.
In the mid 2000s, KayKay was trained at Vidal Sasson Academy London and his career in hair was started at Windle & Moodie in London, where he moved to from the United States.
KayKay worked as an assistant to International Editorial Hair Stylist, Peter Gray.
He worked with Peter Gray on over 100 of 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 mid 2011, KayKay moved to New York, USA. He worked as a freelance Hair Stylist for about 3 years doing editorial shoots, runway shows and projects.
In late 2014, KayKay decided to return to Tokyo, where he was born.
He worked at a couple of hair salons in Tokyo, which developed client base with everyone from everyday hairstyles to high-end/luxury hairstyles.
He was awarded the 2nd place for Shu Uemura Art of Hair - Gallery of Style Japan 2018.
KayKay now starts a venture into setting up a salon in Tokyo.
Sharing His Thoughts
I keep remembering myself what I have learned and to be 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 what keeps me alive creatively, and keeps me invigorating and interested.
A look confines as much as it defines... I aspire to versatility.