We had the good fortune of connecting with KENJI MIYAZAKI and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi KENJI, how do you think about risk?
When trying something new, risks are inevitable. In the first place, it is impossible to avoid every risk as long as you are alive.
I consider every risk as an opportunity for growth.
Even after “accumulation of experiences” or perfecting the skills, the desire for growth and “acting upon it” is essential for hairstylists.
Oftentimes, trying out something new “is followed by failures.”
I believe that if you can think of them as a goal or a chance for growth instead of a risk, then you can develop as an individual.
When you reflect on your life, things didn’t go as planned a lot more than things that went successfully.
Even if the same event takes place, the way the individual approaches it is “different”.
Depending on the unique approach that a person takes, it will change the outcome.
It is important to take action to better yourself for the next opportunity and it is also important to not make a regret for taking that action.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was born in Japan, where I found my first company and accumulated experiences as a hairstylist with my fellow hairstylists. As we have challenged ourselves to be better, we have gained trust from the customers.
Although the time there was important and amazing, I was starting to feel that to be a hairstylist, requires unique design and service constructed by a wide range of experience and vision.
I wanted my team to experience creative ideas and gain confidence by touching different cultures, aesthetic sense, and values owned by people of different nationalities beyond Japanese.
Personally, I have worked in Paris and Dubai beforehand, and using all of the experience and motivation, I have established Amity Hair.
I believe that LA is the best location to transform experiences gained from challenges into confidence.
In an environment where different lifestyles are fused together to create a unique culture, we are going back and forth between Japan and U.S. to combine the skills cultivated in Japan and discoveries made in LA to give our own, distinctive service every day.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LA is a city where you can experience various cultures and histories. Furthermore, it is a city that has those aspects are fused to create distinctive environment.
As a hairstylist who works indoors in a hair salon mainly, I like going outside to get in touch with the nature and refresh myself.
Out of various beaches available, Redondo beach is one of my favorite spots.
There are no words that can describe the beauty of the sunset seen from he Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes.
It feels very nice to have a brunch at the nearby Yellow Vase while looking at the ocean.
My favorite Japanese Barbecue location is Manpuku!
It might be better than the one in Japan!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have an amazing family and staff members who support the imperfect me. Not only they support me during good times, but they also support me when I make mistakes.
I can continue working and not give up because of them.
At the same time, they are my number one rivals.
I must work hard to not lose!!
Yelp: Amity Hair
Other: Japan Salon / www.hair-bcbg.com Japan Instagram / @b.c.b.g