His passion for research and ability to empathize helped when, several years later, he began educating for bumble and bumble. “I was learning how to work with different types of people—those people who are resistant, forward, forthcoming. I was able to come into their salons and share my knowledge.” It also came into play when opening his salon in San Jose, CA.
“My salon is called Umbrella Salon because everybody is under one umbrella, everyone works as a team, and everyone is accepted. Without teamwork, nothing moves,” says Hoang. “I also brought everything I knew—the courage, the patience, the structure, the past, present and future—to helping new stylists understand where things come from. Our mission is to inspire clients, share with our community and understand cultures.”
After years educating globally, he joined Oribe three-and-a-half years ago and has made a name for himself at New York Fashion Week. Leading an Oribe team, Hoang was key hairstylist at four recent shows including Skaist Taylor, David Hart, Daniella Kallmeyer and Perry Ellis.
“I landed four of my own shows and each year, it is progressing but I never sit and wait. I work 10-12 hours a day whether in the salon, teaching or out shooting and creating my own looks for my portfolio. On Sundays, I travel for Oribe haircare. The more you put into it and really focus, it will come back to you.”