Sayuri Ushio

Her STEP BONE CUT price 22,000 yen ( New 33,000 yen )

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Having shifted from kimono to Western clothes, Japanese pursue Westerners’ stereoscopic balance of bone structure from head to neck. We have studied and developed “step bone cut”, our own small face bone structure correction technique, making Asian's characteristic flat bone structure stereoscopic. It is reported in various magazines including cosmetic magazines, general magazines, etc.


You feel a pleasurable sensation while walking through different dimensions between the real and the imaginable world. Sayuri’s futuristic ideas feel like an inspiration of descending to the Earth. The unique and fantastic view of the world called “Sayuri's World” expresses through hair making and flourishes its story with sounds and pictures.


Together with the hair making works which we travelled all over the world to take pictures, we have created “the World Photo”, cutting out the landscapes with our own point of view on the journey. We report on current Japanese hair making techniques from a global point of view and the beauty of Japanese minds with ecological and spiritual pictures and prose. The art book, “For Japanese Hairdressers” is published at the same time in Japan and in the USA.


Hair has life just like anything with life has a heart Everything existing in the world has life, past or present.
Thus, I love all things very much.

I have seen the emotions of hair all along. Joy, sadness, anger....
Talking to the hair, listening to the voice of the hair, feeling the hair; I told myself the feelings of the hair.

My work is alternating the life of hair.
As the trees of the forest that grow from the earth, fluttering in the earths wind. From the head of the human body, the hair grows like a plant, feeling the wind blowing just the same. This is because there is life.

As the cut flower withers at that moment.
When you cut your hair, the hair is coming from the life of an important woman, transforming as it is removed from its life source.
It is a living body,and then a corpse.

Yes, the plant and the hair are the same.
Also, as animals and humans are the same

I have been a hairdresser forever I ate a lot hair over the years.
When cutting with hair in a salon, the hair that had broken flew and entered the mouth.
Often in my dreams it looked as if hair would come out forever.
Even if you pull the hair coming out of your mouth by hand;
Even if you pull it out, your hair comes out of your throat forever.
It as if now, myself may already be made of hair.
Both hair and human beings are made of amino acids and minerals, and moisture, so it is no wonder that we are the same.

Since we are the same, that means hair can be eaten like plants.
Although, it is simply a dream, never has hair been eaten.

We have received a life by eating life.
This body is all made from life.

Hair, nails, skin, internal organs, eyes, everything is made out of what..
If it dies like after the hair is cut, what will it become like? . .

I want to design hair so that it will rejoice at least while my hair is alive.



  • Graduated Beauty and Arts school of Kobe.
  • 1985

  • 1990

  • Started photograph taking activities while doing salon working Greenwich Village, NY.
  • 1999

  • TICK-TOCK Delicious OPEN.
  • TICK-TOCK Paradime
  • 2000

  • Established Tick-Tock Communication, Inc.
  • Awarded the grand-prix in TADA PHOTO COLLECTION.
  • JHA, Kansai area, finalist.
  • 2001

  • TICK-TOCK Tor-west OPEN.
  • JHA, Rising Star, finalist.
  • Double awarded “cover prize” and “designer prize” in Milbon photo collection.
  • 2003

  • Nominated as the finalist in ARIMINO PHOTO COLLECTION.
  • Photo exhibition in TICK-TOCK Airline.
  • 2004

  • Opened a photo exhibition, ”Fair Story” in Rough Rare, Kobe.
  • 2005

  • Opened an individual exhibition in ARIMINO PHOTO COLLECTION.
  • Nominated as the finalist in the ARIMINO PHOTO COLLECTION.
  • 2006

  • Introduced our own product, Wonder Water (current “Mind of Mind” to all practices).
  • Started ecological activities in neutralizing chemical antagonism by applying techniques to permanent wave and dyeing hair.
  • 2009

  • Serialization of ”LIVE & MOVE”, a work of photos and prose on the NH magazine published by Salon News Magazine, Co., Ltd.
  • 2010

  • Opened TICK-TOCK Design Laboratory, a photo studio and art gallery
  • Exhibition, “Flower artist, Mr. Koroku Hihara and collaboration ”Flower arrangement for Japanese hairdressers, “Flowering! For Japanese Hairdressers!”
  • Published art photo book “FOR JAPANESE HAIR DRESSERS”. Toured and gave demonstrations in Japan and NYC.
  • 2011

  • Invited to give workshops at Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Beijing, China.
  • 2012

  • Hair Show in Taiwan
  • 2013

  • Acquired a patent for her revolutionary hair cut method.
  • 2014


  • Started art project in NYC, Paris, Taiwan, Singapore, and Jakarta.
  • Jan. Established STEP BONE CUT NY Inc.
  • Mar. Appeared on International Beauty Show New York
  • 2016


  • Opened Pop up store of STEP BONE CUT PRODUCTS at Barneys New York in Roppongi Tokyo.
  • 2018

  • The publication for her new book has been decided with a famous Japanese publishing company.
  • A Woman who changes her hair can look like she’s 10 years younger.