How did you first get into hair? From a young age, I’ve always been conscious of hair’s powerful connection to identity and self expression. In my last year of high school, we had to complete a Senior Project – I chose haircutting for mine. I taught myself the basics of cutting hair from a book, then proceeded to cut my friends’ hair, as well as my own, for the next 13 years. As an artist, cutting hair and treating it as a fibre came very naturally to me. I didn’t actually go to Cosmetology school until I was 30!
You’re well known for your colourful hair carvings and stencils. What do you think it is about these looks that so greatly appeals to people? With hair stencilling, I definitely think it’s the novelty of it. With hair carving, I think what appeals to people is the boldness it takes, not only to shave one’s head, but to go a step further and turn it into an artistic display. Both methods also seem to catch people’s attention because most are unaware that things like this can actually be done on hair.