In his early twenties Hai was inspired by the French fashion and hair styles popular during the colonial era in Vietnam. He began his career journey in the beautiful city of Saigon, Vietnam. Through his easy and likeable personality paired with skilled training in hairdressing, Hai developed an intuitive ability to discern the right hairstyle for the individual and how to cut and colour hair to create full potential. Hair became an expression for Hai’s artistic self expression present in his daily life. Extensive training including Vidal Sassoon and Mahogany in London, Toni & Guy in USA and Goldwell Master Colourist he has continuously sought out the latest education, fashion and styles for his long standing and loyal clientele.
In 1990 Hai immigrated to Vancouver, Canada and started working in some of Vancouver’s top salons. After a few years Hai looked to make his own mark by acquiring the popular and long standing Haircats Studio Salon. After 10 years in business Hai reconnected with award winning stylist and salon owner Jeff Ward. Together in December of 2016 they launched a new salon brand called Hair Inspired Professionals, (HIP Salon).
Through his busy schedule Hai creates lifestyle balance through passionate world travel. His artistic self emerges again reflected in his life long passion for landscape and wildlife photography. Camera always ready, Hai immerses himself in capturing the beauty of nature from the Kalahari deserts of Africa, the palm beaches of Asia, to the Patagonia, Atacama desert of Chile and the untamed waters of the Amazon. Where there is natural beauty, heart and soul are ignited to fully illuminate and explore.