Michael’s interest in doing hair started in college and never stopped! He graduated college with a degree in jour-nalism, shortly thereafter he realized he needed to follow his true passion. After graduation, Michael applied and was accepted into Vidal Sassoon’s elite and rigorous training program. There he mastered the art of precision haircutting. His passion and dedication to his craft eventually led to him being promoted to Creative Director for Sassoons’ Chicago salon. He has taught at both the UK and US Sassoon academies and has traveled from Eu-rope to Asia sharing knowledge with his contemporaries. Michael opened his salon, Smith & Davis, in 2012 and has since received many accolades including Best Salon in Chicago in Time Out, Chicago Magazine , CS Modern Luxury & Elle Magazine Top 100 in USAz. In addition to developing future staff for his salon, Michael en-joys designing customized curricula for fellow salon owners and traveling the country sharing his knowledge with stylists. On his “days off” he spends his time working on photo and video shoots as well as producing music. He has worked with Hairbrained Live & Elevate Hair on stage and his work has been featured by Estetica, Industrie, Beauty Launchpad & Allure. In 2019 Michael was a Top 3 Finalist for the BEA awards and competed in LA.
Michaels passion for hairdressing is equaled by his passion for people. He believes that suitability is the most important factor in what makes a haircut special. His outgoing personality, attention to detail and comprehensive understanding of technique keeps Michael in demand as a stylist and educator.