Born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan, Eiji Yamane found his saving grace in hairstyling after a tragic motorcycle accident nearly took his life. It was at that moment that he knew he had to redirect his adrenaline-seeking lifestyle and manifest it into a new passion.
Eiji’s initial introduction to hairstyling came from world-renowned Japanese hairstylist, Michiko Masue, with whom he studied day and night for four and a half years before relocating to the United States.
Upon arrival to the United States, Eiji did not know a word of English, until he met Sam Copell; Eiji trained with Copell for four years before leaving for New York City. It was in New York City that he was introduced to industry innovator, John Sahag, who immediately recognized Eiji’s innate skill set and took him under his wing.
Within three months at John Sahag Workshop, Eiji built his own clientele while mastering the Sahag Dry Hair Cut Technique – a unique discipline in which hair is not merely cut, but sculpted into shapes to frame and enhance the face itself. Soon after, he was given a management position and trusted to run the salon in Sahag’s absence. While working at John Sahag Workshop, Eiji grew his portfolio working with legendary photographers such as Irving Penn for the Issey Miyake campaign, and Richard Avedon, among others.
In the mid-nineties, Eiji opened his own salons in New York City. It was important to Eiji that the architecture and energy of his salons perfectly mimicked the creativity and energy of the Sahag dry cut.
Over the past of 12 years Eiji has traveled to Japan becoming a renowned Sahag Dry Cut Technique educator with a hairstylist following in the thousands.
In 2016, Eiji returned to the John Sahag Workshop to support the artistry and innovation of John Sahag. Eiji’s lust for innovation and creativity has no bounds, and he aspires to disperse his passion across the world for years to come.