Nicknamed ‘the hair magician’ for his ability to turn everyday objects into extravagant headpieces, Ryoji Imaizumi transforms the mundane into the extraordinary. Despite his penchant for trashy materials (lego, barbies and sweets are among his favourites) Imaizumi’s client list is distinctly high-end; he has created pieces for Vogue, Marie Claire and Numéro Tokyo, and worked on campaigns for L’Oreal and BMW.
Imaizumi began his hair career in the late 90s, working as an assistant at Bumble and Bumble in New York. It was its founder Michael Gordon who encouraged him to become a session assistant, and he subsequently moved to Paris to work for the renowned French hairstylist Laurent Philippon. Three years later, he decided it was time to branch out on his own. “I started to get frustrated being an assistant,” he says, “I wanted to create my own things, and to have more creative control”.