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Over the years, much has changed in the way I approach and execute cutting hair. Like many hairdressers I started off with the notion that creativity was paramount and viewed everything through this prism. Inexperienced hairdressing tends to think like this as though a haircut is a fossillised two dimensional art project, a static image. Since those early years, a steady deliberate evolution has taken place, one which places greater emphasis and understanding on the whole. Instead of thinking about a haircut as an absolute, I've been operating more from a place of fluidity. There is an imperfect nature to hair in that it is always changing. With all the various internal and external forces at play, hair is in a constant state of flux. This certainty has shaped the way in which I work and contributes greatly to a type of design which positively supports those who align with this philosophy.
With the rapid approach of 10 years in my studio above Wabi Sabi, I have again reflected on the translation of the restaurants name:
An intuitive way of living that emphasises finding beauty in imperfection, and accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.
Perhaps this was an unavoidable eventuality of my time here, but I'm finding it quite fitting that my work has evolved to this point. I've been reforming what my studio represents and ultimately what it aims to provide. That is to challenge the accepted norms of what hairdressing is and what conventional hair salons strive to be. To that point, I desire to have my clients think and relate to their hair and their appearance in a manner which is more fluid and forgiving. Through this lies the opportunity to be kinder to ourselves and accepting that our true beauty and potential must come from somewhere other than atop our heads.