Cover Girl Yuki Kano

Inspired by the culture and her love for traditional barbering, Yuki Kano is globally recognized for her unique approach to hairdressing and Barbering. 

Kano has the ability to blend both editorial and commerciality to her work.

What made you choose to become a barber?

My journey actually started with hairdressing. I started hairdressing in 2008 at the TONI&GUY Academy in Sydney. I loved every single moment of the learning experience and the opportunity it has offered. I wanted to learn as much as possible and was hungry for every opportunity available. I attended and assisted whenever I could, backstage at fashion shows, photo shoots and education seminars. I quickly realized that I love cutting short hair (including bobs) and men’s hair. 

I’ve met Kevin Luchman when he came to Sydney in 2014 and that was my first experience with barbering techniques and I knew I wanted to perfect them. Whether it’s for men or women, it’s these techniques I love working with. 

I felt that I really needed to add traditional barbering skills to take me to the next level in my work and as an educator. 

You are based in Australia now. What made you move to Australia?

When I was a kid, my family travelled a lot, and this made me feel that I really wanted to live abroad and experience a different culture. I have found Australians to be very down to earth and I really love the mix of cultures. I found it easy to be myself here. 

I’ve heard you love travelling. How has this influenced your work?

When I’m travelling, I find the connections I make with people often lead to other opportunities and have really opened up a lot of experiences for me. For example, when I went to Japan in early 2019, I met Masa Kawakami (legend of Japanese Barbering/WAHL Educator) at the barbering competition I was in, and he was judging. He invited me to work with him. This then led to my involvement with WAHL Japan. 

Through Wahl Japan, I was invited to go to London for a summit. Because I was in London, I was able to present both at Salon International in London and MCB by Beauty Selection in Paris. Experiences like these keep me energized and inspired by this industry. 

What culture has most influenced your work? 

UK culture, street style and hairstyle. 

If you could go to different country to live, what country would you choose?

Definitely London, UK. 

I would love to live and work there. I spent three months there in 2019, but I would love to extend it longer. The barbering industry is so strong over there, so it could be a good opportunity for me to expand my skill even further. London’s art & street scene is just exciting. 

I have heard you say you don’t identify barbering with gender boundaries. Please elaborate?

In society, generally gender boundaries are problematic for me and I personally don’t relate to the concept. 

In regard to the barbering industry, Laura VanderMoere (former Global Director of Education, Wahl Professional) who gave me my first opportunity with WAHL once said to me “It does not matter what goes on under the cape”. 

This really resonates with me. For me, it is about creating something this person loves to wear. I believe the same can be said about a person who is holding clippers and scissors. If you love what you are doing, it doesn’t matter if you’re female or male. 

What’s your current tool line up?

I am exactly the same as Anna Elliot in March Issue. As a Wahl Educator I am #allwahl!  My go-to is Wahl Senior, Wahl 100yr, Wahl cordless Detailer Li and Wahl 5 Star Finale. But to be honest, I always try to mix up different Wahl Clippers every week.

What do you do on your day off?

I had just moved to my studio apartment, and I’m loving it. So when I have a day off, often I’m looking after my plants. Playing keyboards, making coffee with my new espresso machine. Otherwise, I often get involved with photoshoots with my friends.  

If you could recommend a Lady Barber worldwide to follow,  who would they be and why?

Whitney Vermeer @whitneyvermeer. I actually had met her in Japan at the barber battle called “Barbarella” in 2019. She was the special guest and also one of the judges. She is such a nice person. 

She is very inspirational and artistic. I love her style because she has such a unique and authentic style.

What is your favourite quote?

“If you have passion, nothing is impossible, so follow your dreams. “

Where would you like to see yourself in the next 5 years?

My dream as a teenager was to be a photographer so I would love to get better at photography, videoing and editing my own work. Then I would love to have my own studio where I could focus on my creative work. 

When I visited the WAHL HQ in Illinois US, I became fascinated with the technology and how the clipper is made and works so I would also like to keep exploring that more. 

I love the hair Industry for all the creative opportunity and personal connections it has given me, and I hope you enjoy the industry as much as I do. 

Please follow me and subscribe to my channel 

Instagram @yukikano


Special thanks to:

Photographer: David Boon @davidboonphoto

Make Up Artist: Chisato Chris Arai @chrisarai

About Author /

Ruby launched ZeroGapped, the magazine for the barbering women of the world, after noticing that there was a gap in the market. ZeroGapped combines her love of publishing and barbering, in one spot online.

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