Beginning her career 19 years ago in Hokkaido, Japan. In 2008, Yu Nakata began freelancing and expanding her hairstyling techniques for fashion photography. Later moving to Paris to work as a freelance hairstylist Yu began working for Paris Fashion Week in 2010. In 2011, she returned to Japan to continue building her styling technique while expanding her freelance work as a hairstylist around the world. Currently based in New York, Yu continues to freelance working for top designers and travelling around the world working for Paris, Milan and New York Fashion Week. She joined 87 Artists in October 2019.
Yu has won numerous awards including, Rising Star of The Year 2010, Japan Hairdressing Award as an Area Stylist of the Year 2009. Working with the top individuals in the fashion industry with designers such as Jeremy Scott, Dion Lee, The Row, Rick Owens and Givenchy. As well as editorials for Elle Magazine (China Edition), Elle Girl Japan, Flaunt Magazine and more.