Owner of Eiji in New York, this dry-cut master travels back and forth to Japan to educate thousands of aspiring stylists and artists in dry cutting.
MY STYLE: My hair really does define me. It is eccentric and yet timeless with an edge.
WHERE I SHOP: Dolce & Gabbana for the glamorous, bold and daring clothes that I love.
MY FAVORITE DESIGNER: I love the flattering silhouettes and beautiful tailoring of Zang Toi. He is so talented—a Malaysian-born genius.
ON MY IPOD: Everything from Antonio Carlos Jobin’s Águas de Março to Lupe Fiasco’s Paris Tokyo.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT MY SALON: We have so much talent, pooled into a nurturing environment that allows them to thrive while supporting their creativity. It’s like an artisan’s workshop. Many have told me that my salon feels more like a spa.
MY FAVORITE TOOL: Thermal Effect Iron Short Type CR from Milbon and Be One Grace water, my secret ingredient from the mountains of Japan.
MY FAVORITE PRODUCT: Milbon’s Nigelle Rx Serum. It’s a leave-in silkening serum that helps me create the shiniest hair ever and blocks humidity all day.
MY HOTTEST SALON TREATMENT: Our Cashmere Hair Treatment from Milbon with three types of keratin and two types of collagen to strengthen and hydrate hair. Clients absolutely love it.
MY MENTOR: John Sahag—he has been called Michelangelo with scissors. He trained me on the art and beauty of the dry cut.
MY MOTTO: I try to practice the Japanese philosophy of Kokoro—incorporating the mind, body and soul into everything I do, every day.