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A leader in the Chicago fashion community for more than 25 years, Michael is one of the country’s most sought-after hairdressers, serving clients from coast to coast. A born artist, Michael began hairdressing in his mother’s kitchen while still in high school, earning his cosmetology license before graduation. He explored his diverse artistic interests at the Academy for the Dramatic Arts in NYC, studying theatre and voice, before dedicating himself fully to the design and aesthetics of hair.
Over the years, he has studied in New York and abroad with the industry’s elite, including Eiji Yamane, John Sahag and Nick Arrojo, on the way to developing his own creative vision.
Often described as a “hair architect” because of his unparalleled ability to build shape from the inside out, Michael has seen his hairdressing and precision dry-cutting technique resonate with other innovators who seek to work with him collaboratively: international icon Oribe Canales invited him to style the runway looks for Giorgio Armani's Milan Fashion Week shows, and hair guru Vivienne Mackinder recently chose Michael for her national artistic team, and to help create the looks for Malan Breton's 2016/2016 New York Fashion Week shows.
Michael has been featured in countless style publications, with InStyle and Allure hailing Michael's cuts as “the best in Chicago." His work has also been profiled in Elle, Town & Country, Mandarin Quarterly, Lucky, Self, WWD, Modern Salon, Salon Today, American Salon, CS and Chicago Magazine, which named Michael one of the city's top stylists. His work for television includes The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and Paramount Studios, and has performed significant fashion editorial work.
Michael’s roster of celebrity clientele has included Juicy Couture founder Gela Nash-Taylor; Venezuelan supermodel Patricia Velasquez; TV host Maria Menounos; cosmetics icon Bobbie Brown; actresses Candice Bergen, Robin Tunney, Elizabeth Shue; and Broadway legend Patti Lupone.
Along with partner Michael Crowley, Michael presides over a hand-picked team of stylists and colorists in his namesake salon in downtown Chicago, an award winning space cherished by clients for its blend of luxury and calm. He also continues to expand his role as a leading educator, sharing with others his unique approach to creating beautiful, incredibly healthy hair that has earned him national acclaim.