5Qs with Salon Owner Martin Hillier

He’s also the International Artistic Director for Senscience and defines beauty in an eloquent way.

Who: Martin Hillier

What: Salon Owner

Where: Vancouver, Canada

Our site/publication is called Industrie and we spelled it with an “ie” on purpose – it’s the French way of spelling Industry and was once defined as an artisan who works with their hands to create things of beauty and substance. So tell us, how do you define beauty and substance?

True beauty, to me, is the ability to believe in yourself as an individual. It’s being who you want to be and having fun with your hair, fashion and expressing your personality. It’s about being honest, not a cookie cutter and not letting people hold you back. And that honesty shows the substance of who you are.

What other creative outlets do you explore/practice?

I am also an artist. I work in oils and pen and ink. I also adore fashion.

What’s your personal motto/favorite quote?

To make a difference.” When it comes to quotes, anything from Winston Churchill does it for me.

When have you felt the most vulnerable in your career?

I always feel vulnerable, particularly when I walk on stage. I always want to do my best and inspire people. I love what I do and caring that much makes me vulnerable.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

If someone says they can’t afford you, they are correct! Move on and find the people that appreciate you skills and talents.


If you weren’t a hairstylist, what would you be?

I would be a full-time artist or fashion designer.

What are Industrie 5Qs?

Our 5Qs are just that—5 questions that get asked, contemplated and answered. To spice it up, we throw in a bonus question the person being interviewed gets to pick out of a potluck of possibilities.


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