Shibata began his career at a hair salon in Tokyo, before moving to London to work with renowned hairstylist Peter Gray. In 2016 he co-founded PAPERS, an independent hair salon in Tokyo, where he leads the brand’s creative direction. We caught up with Shibata to discuss his recent inspirations.
Current favourite hair trend? Washed out colours. Especially if it’s not supposed to be / accidentally happened.
What is your most unlikely source of inspiration? Words. Every single word has meaning. The meaning forms beautiful shapes in my mind.
Whose hair, dead or alive, would you most like to get your hands on? British monarchs. I’d like to create a fashion story of all British monarchs on one page with super punk / crazy hair styles.
Any words of advice for aspiring hairstylists? Impossible doesn’t exist.
Sum up your relationship with hair in 3 words. Tom and Jerry, the American cartoon. Most of time we are chasing each other, sometimes we get along very well.