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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 started my career in hairdressing in London and worked there for many years. I have been in the industry for 16 years, and am also a hair stylist, doing session work and editorial shoots for a range of artists and styles.

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 14 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 from Seattle.

I was trained at Vidal Sasson London, and my career in hairdressing started at Windle Salon in London. But rather than just working in a hairdressing salon, I worked as an assistant to the international editorial hair stylist Peter Gray, who was my mentor. For years of helping Peter Gray, I worked with him on over 100 collections (Fashion Week in Paris, Milan, London, and New York), advertising campaigns, videos, hair shows, seminars, and a massive number of fashion editorial shoots including Vogue, 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 was awarded 2nd place for Shu Uemura Art of Hair - Gallery of Style Japan 2018. 

Having a long history of living abroad, 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 a responsibility to our earth and should embrace one another's uniqueness. These are also core beliefs of FÈATH.

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 and watching movies, and I love travelling. 

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