Sayuri emigrated from Japan to New York City in 1998 to attend beauty school. She went on to work as a hairstylist in Shanghai, on a cruise ship, and in London before returning to NYC in 2010. Her next stop was Hawaii, where she worked for several years before landing in Beverly Hills, which she has called home since 2016. She regularly travels to NYC and Hawaii to accommodate her existing clients.
When Sayuri is not working or traveling for work, you can find her at a local Japanese retirement and assisted-living community providing haircuts for the elderly. She is grateful for the chance to be surrounded by so many beautiful seniors, reminding her of her own grandmother in Japan. She wants to help create a joyful space for the elderly where they can gossip and laugh freely. As George Bernard Shaw said: "You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing."
She also travels back to Japan to hold training and seminars in which she shares with the next generation of young hairstylists her experiences working around the world and her knowledge of Western techniques. Sayuri makes a point of collaborating with renowned U.S. stylists who can enlighten, educate, and promote female empowerment and equality for a new generation of Japanese women stylists in the traditionally male-dominated industry.
Headspa En is the fruition of Sayuri's long held belief in the Japanese adage Go-En, as “serendipitous encounters resulting in everlasting relationships.” The term en itself is derived from the Japanese Buddhist term Innen, meaning a narrative of happenings based on the interconnectedness of one's past, present, and future experiences. From that comes headspa En's byword:"Creating an Everlasting Bond"