Team

What We Do
Le Mino Salon is dedicated to providing each individual client with outstanding customer service conducted with the highest standards of business ethics. Creating excellent value for our clients is the key to both our success and survival.

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Minoru Obata – Owner/Stylist
Mino Obata is the owner and creative director at Le Mino Salon.
Mino spent nine years in Tokyo, Japan furthering his knowledge within the industry. Through hard work and dedication he perfected his technique in both cutting and color. After analyzing each client’s natural hair texture and growth pattern, Mino is able to perform a precision haircut which is both fashion forward and easy to maintain. in 1995 Mino started his career behind the chair in New York at Aerea Salon and later continued at Ted Gibson Salon.
With over 25 years of experience, his passion for the industry lead him to opening his own salon within the heart of the West Village in 2007. Mino combined his enthusiasm for New York City and the beauty industry to build a talented team of experienced hairstylists and colorists dedicated to their work. Every stylist at Le Mino Salon takes the time to provide each client a thorough complementary consultation. Through these consultations we design a customized style specific for every aspect of the client’s life.

nikki le mino salonNiki –  Stylist
Niki Shu was born in Tokyo, capital of Japan, daughter of an accomplished architect and an acclaimed artist. Surrounded by creative skill, art and urban lifestyle, Niki always had a passion for hair from childhood. Today, Niki is a talented and highly skilled hairstylist trained in both Japan and US. For the past 25 years, her career has taken her from Tokyo, to San Antonio and New York City. Niki has extensive experience ranging from salon works to photo shoots and performance for San Antonio Spurs cheerleaders.

Working in New York City since 1995 she has established a reputation for her unique approach producing the personalized hairstyle, which she defines as custom hair sculpting for each client. She had also made reputation for herself by creating the unique color for each client enhancing their natural beauty. Whether it’s cutting or coloring, she provides each client with utmost comfort and service taking account of each individual personality and style.She currently works at Le Mino Salon on 8th St. in New York City. Her goal is for each client to look their best and hear them say “I’ve never felt so confident with my hair before.”

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Tommy – Sylist
Born in South Korea, Tommy has always been passionate about doing hair. Tommy moved to New York City in quest of fulfilling his dream. He expended his talent and knowledge throughout the City (West side, East side). Along the years, he acquired a lot of new skills, techniques and experience as a chemical specialist that include Japanese straightening, Brazilian Keratin treatment and Perms.Tommy likes to work with natural hair. His hair cuts and styles always leave you looking fresh, modern, contemporary, yet very wearable and in need of low maintenance.Tommy’s creativity is always based on what his client’s request of him as far as the style they see themselves wearing and are comfortable in.

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Michelle – Stylist
Hair is her life. Michelle always had a passion for hair styling. Michelle was so determined to start her future in hair that only a month after graduating high school she started classes at the local Paul Mitchell cosmetology school. While in cosmetology school, she participated in an intense workshop in Las Vegas with Master Stylists, such as Angus Mitchell, Robert Cromeans, Jason Reyes and many more. These Stylists inspired her to become creative with her new found craft and never give up on her dreams. As an apprentice of a former Vidal Sassoon creative director, she continued her education and refined the techniques of precision styling. Michelle soon realized her dream was to work in a top salon in New York City.