We had the good fortune of connecting with Kana Ishii and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kana, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Whether you make it happen or not. I think all the successful people just challenge everything they come up with. It’s important to “just try” and I believe that’s what separates people. We always learn from mistakes since we are born so shouldn’t be afraid of failures. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a hair stylist based in Beverly Hills and also work as a freelance hairstylist and make-up artist. I’m originally from Tokyo,Japan. After working as a hairstylist for a few years in a Tokyo, I came to Los Angeles. Since I have moved here, there were times when I struggled with language barrier or tried adapting myself to the different culture especially with my career, I would say I had to put more effort to do hair and communicate with my clients. It wasn’t easy but now, since I have an experience as a hairstylist with both Japan and United States, I’ve known more variety of hair with different ethnicities and I could work on any type of hair. That became my specialty. I still can not believe that I work at beautiful hair salon in Beverly Hills everyday, I’ve worked for several celebrities, I’ve attended Oscars for work, I teach hair at beauty school couple times a year in Tokyo, Japan. Everything is possible if you keep pursuing your dream !!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my friends was visiting from Japan, I would take them to Beverly Hills. The city is the heart of everything, great shops, restaurants and even just streets are beautiful. I couldn’t even imagine that I actually come here every day for work while I was watching the movie “pretty woman” in Japan! I love “and Sons” their latte and chocolates, the cute Italian restaurant “Via alloro”, there are lots of mom and pop small businesses in Beverly Hills. “Beverly hills public library” is also beautiful worth a visit just for the architecture.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Definitely my family and friends. I’m originally from Tokyo, Japan, born and raised there. Since I have moved to United States, there were times when I struggled with language barrier and tried adapting myself to totally different culture and environment from my hometown, especially with my career. They are always supporting and encouraging me. When I need them, they are always there even not physically close since my family is still in Japan but in my heart, I still feel so close to them.

Website: hairbykana.com
Instagram: @hairbykana
Yelp: Hairbykana

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