our team

Hiroki (owner)

Specializing in precision cutting, digital perms/straightening

I have been a hair stylist for 15 years and truly enjoy my craft, particularly teaching. I worked many years in Japan at prestigious salons in Tokyo such as the Alpha Toky, Omotesando Japan (the Beverly Hills of Tokyo). I moved to Canada because I wanted to experience different cultures.

 

In Canada, I was chosen to start up a new salon in Toronto. We were busy and appointments had to be booked 1 month in advance. But I always wanted to start something of my own - so, I decided to open my own salon with my partner Jessie. N15 means November 15, the day I decided to begin this journey. My personal goal is to create an authentic place where stylists and customers are happy to come to my salon everyday.

 

Your favourite thing about Canada and Japan?

Canada- everyone looks relaxed and friendly. Japan- convenience store. If I have a convenience store next door. I won't have to go anywhere.

Would you prefer to visit Earth in 2100 or travel back to 1900?

2100 or 1900 ……It's a tough question lol. There's a small chance that the world is exactly the same as right now in 2100. So 1900, I want to meet Samurai.

 

If you could only bring three food items to an island, where you would be stranded on forever, what would it be?

Instant noodles, yakitori (skewered chicken)…Beer!

 

Did anyone tell you, you are the Asian version of Johnny Depp?

…Yes lol! and Steve Aoki (Japanese DJ). I have also been told on the TTC that I look like an Asian version of Jesus Christ lol 

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Tomomi (director)

Specializing in precision cutting, digital process & color/balayage

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Back in Japan, I was the store manager of a salon in Shinjuku. I have over 10 years experience as a hair stylist having won best award at numerous haricutting & makeup contests in Japan. I have also styled hair for various photoshoots and fashion magazines.

 

Why did you become a stylist?

I've always been interested in professional work of beauty. Also, ever since I was a little girl, I always enjoyed designing and making something from scratch.

 

If you could be any flavor of ice cream, what would it be and why?

COFFEE flavour,Because... coffee is my life!

 

What is your favourite food?

It's "Onigiri"rice ball!

Nuri (associate director)

Specializing in haircuts, color correction, balayage & hairstyling/updos

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I have been a licensed interprovincial hairstylist for 8 years. In those past years, I have worked in high end salons and occasionally worked outside for weddings, photoshoots and films.  

 

If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?

It's not a movie but Daenerys Targaryen from Games of thrones. She has a beautiful blonde hair and a mother of dragons. How awesome is that!!

 

Have you seen a ghost or an alien?

I have not, but I believe in the existence of soul and aliens :P

 

What was the funniest moment in your life?

I can't think of THE moment.. I laugh so easily though. 

Kazuma (associate director)

Specializing in precision cutting, color/balayage & digital perms/straightening

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I have over 7 years of experience in various countries such as Japan , and Australia Sydney. I was privileged to be promoted to shop manager since 2015 in Japan.
I enjoy doing many photo shoots for hair magazine and styled musical artists for concerts.

If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? 

Honestly, Authenticity, Integrity, Love

 

Have you seen a ghost or an alien?

Did you ask Nuri that same question lol? but Yes ! I have REALLY seen an alien, actually it was UFO.

What item that you don't have already, would you most like to own?

I would like to have smart watch to keep the track of work schedule, time, and notification to improve my punctuality and efficiency of my lifestyle .
 

Tai (color lead & director)

Specializing in Balayage/Ombre/Sombre, color correction & trendy hairstyles 

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I graduated from Marca College in 2014 and have never stopped updating myself since then (attended top stylists's classes such as Guy Tang, Academy Ramirez Tran).

 

My passion is hair education so ask me hair questions if you have any!

If you were a potato, what way would you like to be cooked?

I’d like to be smashed, one last time.

 

If you could be in the Guiness book of world records, what record-breaking feat would you attempt?

Record of caffeine consumption maybe, I drank Robusta coffee growing up in Vietnam, morning noon or night, lost no sleep at all.

 

Would you prefer to always be slightly late or always be an hour early?

Depends on the event. But i’m usually the slightly late guy. Early time equal wasted time.

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Junji (director)

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Specializing in Balayage Color, color correction, precision cutting & digital perms/straightening

I came to Canada because I wanted to see the world.  I have been styling hair for over 11 years. I was educated and trained at Kokusai hairdressing and worked for EARTH, one of the largest hair salon companies in Japan. There I practiced and honed my craft for over 7 years before coming to Canada 

Favorite memory in Japan? 

When I was eighteen years old, I was hanging out with friends every weekend after finishing a hard day’s work as a hairstylist. I have always waited. Through time, my friends and I  would always gather together and share each other's food & drink-  often because we didn’t have enough money
We shared our stories and had a good time. They are great friends of mine. I can’t ever forget that happy memory I have.

Would you rather be hairy or bald?

Very hairy of course!

What planet would you like to visit in our solar system and why?

I'd love to visit a planet where there are some living things there lol, hope the things are friendly!

Mana (senior stylist)

Specializing in precision cutting, digital perms, straightening, headspa massage

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I was working in Tokyo for 9.5 years at the same hair salon. And I have been doing makeup and hair setting for weddings, parties and professional photo shootings. I have great confidence in my head spa and massage skills!!
This is my dream to work in abroad since I was junior high school! Finally I could work N15 hair salon I’m happy to join here!

If you woke up as any famous personality, what is the first thing you will do?

If I’m Victoria secret model...I will open my room’s big curtain window with both my arms,and I take in a lot of sunshine!!!
 

Would you rather be stranded on an island alone or with someone you absolutely hate? Why?

I would rather be there with someone I hate! Because even if I hate them, we can still help each other. And after that I might find good attributes/personality traits in them!

 

Be a giant rodent or a tiny elephant?

I chose a tiny elephant! Because that’s sounds so cute! And I want to be loved by people!!

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George (advanced senior stylist)

Specializing in precision cutting for men & women, styling and blowouts

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I have been a stylist for over 10 years, my work has allowed me to travel and work in different parts of the world such as  Berlin and London UK. I very much enjoy my craft and am always excited to meet new people, I enjoy introducing something new to each client, love doing makeovers and transformations! I believe that if you change your hair, you change your life :) 

 

What was a time when you got into big trouble with your parents?

I’ve been a troublesome child and a trouble maker adult, too many times to count or probably want to remember! 

Have permanent diarrhea or permanent constipation?  

Constipation! 

If you were sent to live on a space station for three months and only allowed to bring three personal items with you, what would they be?

My phone, mirror and wine

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Tomoyuki (associate director)

Specializing in precision cutting, digital perms & straightening

I worked in Japan for 9 years, four years in Tokyo and five years in my local hometown Tochigi. I will work with a hairstyle that suits you! If you come visit me, I will suggest the best hair solution for you based on your lifestyle and daily routine! 

If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?

I want to be "007" in James Bond. He is cool and does beautiful work

Which famous person would you never want to meet?

I really want to meet Amanda Seyfried. She is totally my type and I will be a happy camper if I see her one day

What do you think is the best feeling in the world?

Playing sports with my friends! 

Sena (stylist level II)

Specializing in precision cutting/digital straightening/Keratin Ttreatment

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Hello everyone! I'm Sena from Japan. I enjoy working with different hair but especially Asian hair style! 
I am looking forward to seeing all of our lovely clients at N15!

Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?

I would like to go to Hawai for my vacation! Because I have been living in Toronto for about 5 years and I need to go somewhere warm with great beach.

If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?

If I am a super-hero, I would like to have "Body that functions with 0 hours of sleep 24/7".
I can help people anytime and stay awake all night to do everything. Sounds so nice!

If you could have any kind of pet, what would you like?

Dog! I have never had any pet, So I would like to have a puppy some day...!

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Celine (associate director)

Focus on precision cutting, hair styling, digital perms/straightening & natural hair colors 

Hello! I'm Celine and I'm from South Korea. I have over 8 years experience working as a hairstylist in both Korea and China. As a stylist, I have a large portfolio from the film industry most recently as a stylist in the Hollywood movie "Black Panther. " I was also dedicated stylist to "Yangmi 楊冪" a movie star from China. 

What Disney Cartoon character were you very afraid of as a kid?

The Simpsons. They were always making trouble and that is why I was afraid of them when I was a kid, thinking "I shouldn't be like them." But now I understand and enjoy the TV show!

Would you rather be allergic to chocolate or fries?

Definitely allergic to fries since I love sweets and I would die if I were allergic to chocolate

What are the names of three exotic countries you would like to visit?

I'd like to visit Croatia, Turkey and Slovenia again for sure 

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Masato (senior stylist)

Specializing in precision cutting, balayage colour

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I have been a stylist for over 10 years in Japan, Australia, Germany and Canada. I really enjoy creating hair styles that suit the client's face shape and lifestyle.  Furthermore, I love getting to know clients which is why I became a hairdresser. 



Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night? Please share why you picked your time of day?

Hmmm...I am sunrise because I love to relax. I also NEED coffee and listen to music and puu puu..during sunrise lol

If you could choose to be any super hero villian, who would you pick and why? 

Im not sure if he is a hero or villian but I choose Deadpool. He is soo crazy and nice guy


What is your favorite breakfast?

I like Milk :) So I always drink milk with my breakfast. Even without food, I might be able to survive on milk

Yoshi (advanced senior stylist)

Focus on precision cutting, colour correction, balayage colour

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Hello! My name is Yoshi and I was a hairstylist for 7 years in Japan. I love styling client's hair and enjoy the creativity that comes with my profession. Some things about me... my favorite food is ginger and my absolute favourite movie is "the pianist."

The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are 3 people you want on your team? 

Spider man, Iron man and Thor!!! 

What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?

I have experience flying a plane :)

What band would you be embarrassed to let people know you listen to?

Genshi Yonezu - his music is popular with young teenage girls..lol

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Yuina (stylist level II)

Specializing in Color, Precision cutting & Digital straightening

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Hello! My name is Yuina and I’m from Osaka, Japan!
I came to Canada because I wanted to learn hairstyles of different culture/nationalities and improve my English!!
I have over 5 years experience working as a hairdresser in Japan.

 

If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?

I will make air travel more affordable so that everyone can go on vacations more often!

What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

“Shimofurimyojyo” they are Japanese comedian! And Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) :)

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? 

It’s difficult question….
But Sushi! I can choose a lot of different type of fish.

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Stephen (senior stylist)

Focus on precision cutting, hair styling, digital perms/straightening & natural hair colors 

My career of hairdressing began at the age of 20 in Seoul and then took me to a few different cities such as Melbourne and London.

 

While working in hairdressing industry, I realized that people normally do not know what they prefer and they let the hairdressers make the decisions, so I personally aim to make simple, minimalism, classic styles and suggest something easy for maintenance.

I enjoy meeting new people and sharing life stories, often providing me with inspiration. Hopefully i may become their muse as well from time to time. 

What “old person” things do you do? ? 

Giving Too Much Information and probably conversing too much

 

If you could build a house made out of untraditional materials, what would you make it from *ie: cotton candy, pillows, computers, etc.*? ?

Definitely Coke Bottles

What’s your favorite sport or physical activity? 

Recently yoga. It is not only physical activity also a mind focusing activity. 

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Kota (stylist level II)

Specializing in short hair precision cutting & Natural Colors

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My name is Kota and I've been a Hair Stylist for 7 years in Japan. I came to Canada to experience a melting pot of different cultures and explore a world that is different from what I grew up in. I enjoy biking, traveling, bubble tea, and hitting up the best restaurants that Toronto has to offer. 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

I would eat plain Japanese rice, because it goes well with practically anything.

How old were you when you learned Santa wasn't real? How did you find out?

I don't remember exactly but I think around when I was 9 years old, I wanted to find out who really Santa was, so I stayed awake until Santa came to my house, and realized Santa was... ;)

 

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

Insect repellent, Survival knife, and Big Boat

Rina (senior stylist)

Focus on precision cutting, digital perms/straightening & natural hair colors 

How fantastic my life as a hairstylist has been for over a decade!
I love to explore the suitable style for clients, and give a little bit of my spice to your hair and your life :) Hope you enjoy the time at N15 and my service!

My experience in Tokyo includes but no limited to
At hair salon;
Chief Salon Manager/Marketing products project team leader
Art creative work;
Backstage of Tokyo fashion week/L’OREAL Japan Colour Trophy finalist/Trainer for beauty college or other hair salons’ seminar/Photo shooting

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I am going to share it with someone who I pick up by roulette randomly. The person has to go everywhere and enjoy the time with me! Hope you are on my list ;)

 

Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island and why?

I will go check out who has the biggest muscles at the gym. I’ll bring him/her.
Because I know I will need help to make a treehouse or boat. While he/she is doing that, I will swim to hunt fish!

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve broken? How?

My iPhone. I just dropped from my pocket and kicked it by accident when I was crossing the Shibuya Scramble Crossing. I needed to hurry up to cross over because the signal was already turning red.

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