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Hattori Hanzo Shears Artist Spotlight: Collin Martin

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Collin Martin is an insatiable figure in the world of platform artistry. Collin Martin has created multi-functional cuts with a keen eye while employing unconventional 3D sculpting for the past seven years. His unconventional approach to hair has, in the words of a colleague, “brought the avant-garde to the people.”

collin martin hairstylist preferred toolsCrediting his strong artistic background and over a decade of working with his hands, Collin has built and demonstrates a new philosophy concerning haircuts’ inner workings. From small classrooms to auditoriums, stylists, industry personnel, and enthusiasts have heard Collin’s voice trembling with visceral excitement as he openly dissects his approach to the structure of hairstyles—his “construction process”—and the tools he uses to create finery for his exclusive clientele.

Collin graduated from Masters of Cosmetology, a Pivot Point Member School, in 2007. Upon obtaining his Master Educator’s License three years ago, he began doggedly chasing a new yet functional approach to hair manageability, from shampooing to finalized style. Depending on products such as Davines, Davines for Wizards, and Hattori Hanzo shears, Collin continues to reinvent himself and his art across the continental United States.

Get To Know Collin Martin

In your opinion, what is the hardest part of being a Hair Professional?

Knowing your value and pricing accordingly

Explain your journey to getting where you are today.

A lot of hard work dedication and practice. Staying open to other people’s input and most importantly making mistakes. There is no greater teacher than mistakes in my opinion.

What is your favorite part about being a Hanzo Educator?

Spreading the Hanzo LOVE!

What can our readers expect to learn most from you in a Hanzo class?

How to create a positive experience from start to finish. How to make clients feel comfortable with techniques that may be foreign to them. A multitude of techniques can be used in a broad spectrum of work they do on a daily. The whys of social media presence. How to sell products constantly through great haircutting.

What is your favorite service to do and why?

Definitely haircutting! I love the challenge of creating perfect shapes for the guest! No one head of hair is the same as another so it always keeps me thinking.

What is something unique you teach in your Hanzo classes?

The difference between carving, sliding, and incising (Which people commonly mistake for slide cutting) How to approach shear over comb in a much more relaxed and confident way. How to utilize different techniques through tools to maximize efficiency without loss of quality.

How long did it take you to become an educator in the industry and what was your breakthrough moment?

Educating was very natural for me! I love to share and lift others up. My breakthrough moment was the school telling me I was a natural when it came to explaining techniques understandably to my fellow students.

What advice do you have for hair professionals today?


What is your favorite dessert and why?

This question is entirely too difficult for me. I have always said that if I could figure out a way to put all the nutritional value my body needs inside desserts I would and thats all I would eat.

If you could travel to a different time , when would you choose and why?

Definitely the roaring 20’s! The music of that time, the dancing, the fashion, and definitely the attention to detail when it came to hair.

What motivates you in life?

Being sober and helping others

What is something no one would guess about you?

That I am not a tattoo artist lol!

If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

1. Real mental health facilities to thrive

2. More balance between meat and vegetable eating, We are depleting the world’s resources more rapidly than ever.

3. More selflessness

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