“The best thing about what I do is the freedom to create. Every day is different and the relationships are special. When you create something someone loves on a daily basis, it’s a high you can’t find anywhere else.” – Gion Vincent
Expert colorist and JOICO Global Artistic Team Artist, Gion Vincent has been passionate about hair color from a very young age. It was in high school that Vincent found himself doing hair color for all of his friends. He did everything from highlights to lowlights, and even corrective color! It was the grateful friends’ suggestions that made him enroll soon thereafter at a hairdressing school in New York. Moving straight to the Big Apple he started visiting all of the salons about which he had read in magazines. This approach led him straight to Minardi Salon where he ended up working as the “right hand” to award winning colorist Beth Minardi. Under Minardi’s tutelage, he developed his approach to hair color. “Like Beth, I challenge myself to keep changing, to try new things,” comments the colorist. “She taught me to be fearless.”
Vincent’s passion for color evolution has placed him in hot demand among New York clients. He’s known for his luxe, “uptown” blondes, as well as for his reds, which can be beautifully natural or edgy and obvious, depending on the client’s style. Success for him is based not only on his technical skills, but on his innate understanding of each client. “I take the time to understand the difference between the client who wants to make a statement and the client who wants to look as if she doesn’t get her color done,” he says. “I know how to satisfy each.”
Vincent believes it’s these every-day practices and tireless commitment to his passion that have led him to some of his major accomplishments in his career. The first was when fashion guru Taylor Tomasi Hill decided to bring in a photographer and shoot him doing her hair for an article on Goop. Due to her very large influence, he became known as a go-to for redheads in New York. The second would be having the opportunity to work for Vivienne Mackinder for a five-day shoot. “She is incredibly inspiring and really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot and quick. I feel like my palette is broader because of her,” he exclaims.
Vincent feeds off the fashionable energy of New York City—he claims that visiting different neighborhoods gives him a sense of the varying styles of all types of women. He also finds inspiration from the beautiful hair color of some of today’s most high profile celebrities, including Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock and Sarah Jessica Parker. “I really walk around with open eyes and ears and try to learn as much as possible.”