"Cutting and shaping hair is a very personal and intimate experience for me - I try to always stay alert to the magic so I can carve out shapes that are demanding to be born."

His Work

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World renowned for his extraordinary vision, intensity and integrity, his work has appeared in the photographs of Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Hiro and Albert Watson in fashion and beauty magazines all over the world. His first editorial was shot in Paris to grace the pages of Vogue Italia at the young age of 18. 

Sahag split his time between Paris and New York for the next 12 years. In this time he invented his own method of cutting hair - cutting dry. He believed he could follow the natural rhythm of the hair this way. The method involves cutting by vertically tapering the ends of the hair with shears, always following the natural grain of the client's hair. He tapered it with an aesthetic that is born of his desire to reveal and accentuate the person, the individual, rather than merely providing a frame for the face. This technique, so unique and innovative, caught the attention of the beauty industry and is now renowned as The Sahag Dry Cut technique. 


His Legacy

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

In 1985, John Sahag opened doors to The John Sahag Workshop in New York City. He designed every element of the space to create an inviting and serene environment. "I wanted to create an oasis away from the frenetic pace of New York life, to erase the 'edginess' of urban living, and to revive the energy of each man and woman who enters into my space so they can leave feeling enhanced, refreshed and invigorated." Sahag's clientele returned not only for the unmatched cut, color and styling they receive from Sahag and his well-trained  team of craftsmen, but also for the tranquil harmony that is the "workshop".

In 1998, John Sahag conceived, developed and formulated the Sahag Product haircare line that is precision-designed "for perfectionists only". Created with his philosophy of shaping the hair in mind, he designed products that allowed him to lift, shape and hold styles for hours in spite of numerous "re-dos" while keeping the hair's integrity. 

In spite of his untimely passing in 2005, he is fondly remembered today by those whose lives he touched in the industry as well as his loyal clientele. His legacy lives on through the masterful craftsmen who practice the Sahag Dry Cut technique; they dedicate themselves to creating the experience of shaping and styling hair that is uniquely created for each client - just as John Sahag would have himself.