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TUEETOR CHATS With Edward Kim of Edward Kim Hair Academy

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Edward Kim is a Korean hairstylist who has been working in Singapore over 10 years. His ambition is simple: to share the Korean style of hairdressing with everyone in Singapore and South East Asia.

His school, Edward Kim Hair Academy, has recently started offering hairdressing classes over Zoom video conferencing. We interviewed him for a Tueetor Chat, and this was what he had to say.

What’s your story?

It has been 11 years since I started working as a hair stylist in Singapore.

When I first came to Singapore, I wanted to show Korean beauty to Singaporeans. At that time there was no Korean wave, but gradually Korean music and drama became popular. The Korean wave broke out and naturally many people grew interest in Korean style. As such, many people visited Korean salons in search of Korean hair stylists to get their hair done.

Now I want to develop talents who can create this Korean style. I would also like to share an easy way to do it at home. From the expert process of raising a hair stylist even basic courses that can be used at home as a hobby. As a professional and experienced hair stylist, I want to nurture and groom many more hair stylists to become experts.

Some salons advertise the Korean style without understanding what it is. I am so eager to teach them the right Korean style.

What excites you most about your industry?

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Edward Kim conducts various classes on Korean hairstyling at his school

When I make someone pretty and when I saw them happy and satisfied with it, that is when I felt most excited and happy.

Customers who like and respect Korean style are so lovely. As a trainer, I get extremely happy when the students I teach successfully learned what I have taught them.

I always hope that stylists who study constantly will have great success in their career.

What do you hope your students will achieve?

I always hope that even one student gets 101% of what he wants to learn. If the money you paid is $ 100, I hope you take more of it away from me.

I want you to ask constant questions. It’s better if it’s an area I don’t know. Then I will also study the area for the student–I get a chance to develop further because of the student.

Majority of my students are of a younger generation and IT savvy. I also want to teach the older generation students who are not as IT savvy on editing skills and how to post on social media, such as Instagram or Facebook.

Who inspires you?

I try to be inspired by as many things as possible. Even nature and music are inspiring to me.

I am inspired by many people I meet in my life.

But above all, if you ask me, the person who inspired me a lot is none other than G-Dragon from Big Bang! I love his style, his music, literally everything about him!

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?

Recently I learned how to be a DJ (disc jockey).

I am a stylist and teacher who is constantly learning. I think there is no end to learning.

I am a teacher for someone, but also a disciple for someone.

Korean hairstyling has a distinctive approach.

If you had to teach something different, what would it be?

Marketing and advertising in the media. That was my university major.

Korean food, as I was a chef in the Army.

And DJing, which I recently learned and debuted.

How do you unwind?

I am usually very calm, but sometimes, if I become too nervous, I need to take control of my mind. I start to tell myself, “I am the best here!!!”

Once I think of that, I feel confident and no longer nervous.

Recommend us a book or film you think everyone should read and why.

“Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” is my all-time favourite book. It is a book that I read a very long time ago.

I spent a very long time with boys in middle school, high school, and even the military. Entering the beauty industry was not an easy decision, because the main customer base is female and the majority of colleagues are women.

By reading this book, I was able to easily adapt to the beauty industry. I was able to understand a woman with a different gender from me, and I could hold a conversation with my women customers.

And I think the opposite is probably true. If a woman reads this book, she will probably be able to understand men a little more easily.

As for films, I recommend the movie “Love Actually”. It was a moving film that showed many kinds of love. A great movie for Christmas! We all hope to be always happy with our loved ones.

What is a quote you live by?

Friedrich von Schiller: “Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.” Also, Tony Robbins: “By changing nothing, nothing changes.”

Shameless plug for your business?

Korean stylist Edward Kim does Korean Perm and Volume magic rebonding. Roots volume perm are the best! And Singapore’s representative Korean Wave hair stylist Edward Kim is the best hair instructor!

How can people connect with you?

I can be reached on Instagram @stylist.dj_edward, Facebook (Edward J Kim) and Twitter (@Edstyle01). I also run a YouTube channel called Edward Salon.

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