Partner, Artistic Director & Academy Principal
Thi is Partner and Artistic Director of W Salon Hawaii. He arrived in Hawaii from Vietnam at the age of 26, earned a cosmetology degree at Honolulu Community College and wasted no time immersing himself wholly into his career. He began as Regional Director and Paul Mitchell educator for Liberty House/International Premier Salons and became a L’Oreal color educator as well as platform artist prior to joining Aveda Malama as Artistic Director. Thi had the honor of being mentored by two of the original founders of Toni & Guy, James Morrison/Laini Reeves(Morrison) and the privilege of training directly and personally with Mark Haynes-International Director UK at Vidal Sassoon, Orlando Pita-editorial/celebrity stylist, David Adams-International Colorist UK.
Thi has been blessed with a God given gift for hairstyling that is unabated. He is a natural showman with appreciation for all forms of creative expression, from music to architecture and beyond. He has an exquisite ability to conceptualize, believes in not wasting an opportunity and holds his faith in God close to his heart. For Thi, hairstyling is both a labor of love and truly a reflection of his personal style. Being able to provide clients with one of a kind, wearable art and to continue to motivate fellow stylists and train his academy students in order to perpetuate a higher standard of artistry in the industry are what drive him. Thi’s understanding of hair, along with his dedication and passion are what have garnered him a reputation as one of Hawaii’s top stylists.
Specialties: Couture men’s and women’s haircuts, precision short haircuts, color corrections, highlights, lowlights, balayage, ombre, dimensional color, updos-wedding, special occasion, Japanese straight perms, texture perms, platform artistry, editorial styling.
“Live with passion. Live like today is your last day. Die a little to live a lot.”–Thi Nguyen
OFF: Sunday & Monday