LOCKDOWN TALES: For hairstylist Takuya Yamaguchi, no access to hair has seen him turning to a material he has plenty of… paper
Headpieces: Takuya Yamaguchi
Words: Emma de Clercq
From quarantine in his New York apartment, Takuya Yamaguchi has thrown himself into crafting a series of hairstyles – and even a mannequin head for them to sit atop – using only plain white paper. Starting the project as a way to “make something creative to share and motivate my friends and other artists”, the hairstylist has cut, crimped and curled the material into submission (“I discovered I can even use hot curling irons on it! I would have never imagined it…”).
Working his way through a variety of styles, from the ‘Gibson Girl’ to a 70s page boy, others are Yamaguchi’s own creations inspired by films, music and the paintings of M.C. Escher and Hieronymus Bosch. Meanwhile, a pair of delicate feather headpieces pay tribute to the late hair artist Katsuya Kamo, who was renowned for his ability to craft unique headpieces out of just about anything.
For Yamaguchi, the project has given him a chance to play while re-establishing just how much he loves and misses his job. “I miss working with a photographer, stylist, makeup and model.. and with real human hair,” he says. “However this project has reminded me just how much I love doing something creative with my hands, and I really focused on it. So I’ll make sure to keep doing something creative by myself, with wigs or another material, until everything calms down.”
“The basket stitch braids were the hardest, it took like 5 hours, lots of trial and error…”