Masami Hosono

Hairstylist, NYC

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Masami Hosono is originally from Tokyo and currently lives in New York City. She is a hairstylist who began her career when she was 18 after having a crush on her own stylist. She founded the Vacancy Project–a gender neutral hair salon– for many reasons; the salon is an LGBTQ-friendly space, and she opted for gender-neutral styling as a way to bridge the inequality on pricing for men’s and women’s hairstyling. She finds inspiration from her working closely with her clients and feels as if their appointments are considered more so collaborations than “hair cuts.”



Where are you from originally and what brought you to NY?

I'm from Tokyo, Japan. I wanted to try something new as hair stylist in somewhere I don't speak their languages.


When and how did you start working on hair?

When I was 18, So it was 11 years ago. I had a crush on my hair stylist, she was so beautiful....


How did the gender-neutral approach come into your work?

The salon is an LGBTQ-friendly space, a year ago, I equalizing the price of men’s and women’s haircuts. My appointments are booked online, and my transgender clients would always ask me which price they should choose, I also have male clients with long hair and female clients with short hair. I do my best design on every length of hair. Why do we have to separate hairstyle by gender? that's how I started to announce gender natural hair salon.


Where do you find your inspiration?

From my clients. they always have the best idea and I feel like we collaborate. I've never feel like "I'm giving them a hair cut"


If you could choose any to style, dead or alive, who would it be?

Andy Warhol, David Bowie


We meet you in 10 years. where are you?

Vacancy project will be in New York for sure, but I will be traveling all the time. I hope.


Your idea of happiness? 

 Having great friends around.


Your idea of misery?

 Saying bad things about others.


If not yourself, who would you be? 

Hmm, I like myself, to be honest.


Your heroes?



What is your present state of mind? 

So happy, so positive.


Bedside table books?

Never Let Me Go / Kazuo Ishiguro


What do you do if you can't sleep at night? 

I've never had a problem with sleeping.


Do you collect? 



Tea or coffee? 



What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

I am Gemini and I thought I have secret twins somewhere.


A color? 



A city? 

Tokyo, New York


What are you plans for this weekend? 

Going to Tokyo!


A song? 

Joni Micheal


Right or left-handed? 



What is the best dish you can cook? 

Japanese food


What is your middle name? 

I don't have middle name.


What do you do in your free time? 

Cooking. all the time.


What inspires you? 

My mother, friends.


What do you do for money? 



What do you do for pleasure?