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Bradford Davison

Bradford Davison’s desire to learn fuels his creativity and passion for the industry.“It’s all about inspiring one another to reach greater heights,” says Davison, who in addition to having worked alongside some of the most talented platform artists in the industry was recently crowned winner of the 2013 American Crew U.S. All-Star Challenge and singularly focuses on molding the future of men’s grooming. “I’m a big proponent of pushing yourself to achieve greater success,” Davison says. “Remember that the journey is the destination, so enjoy the ride and stay focused on your goals.” ✂ —Kelley Donahue

AHA MOMENT
Working as a salon business manager for the Charles Penzone Salon in Columbus, Ohio helped open my eyes to the craftsmanship and artistry involved in doing hair. I knew I wanted that kind of career and decided then and there to pursue a creative path in the profession. 

IN TRAINING
I studied at Paul Mitchell The School in Costa Mesa, CA, and became a Paul Mitchell educator as soon as I graduated. These days, I groom men’s hair at Blind Barber in Los Angeles. 

STYLE PREFERENCES
I prefer the groomed looks of today, which perfectly fuse modern and classic elements on a single head of hair.

BEAUTY MUST-HAVES
My Infinity Scissors; Y.S. Park combs; and American Crew Boost Powder, Light Hold Texture Lotion and Fiber—they’re my grooming essentials.

MY MENTOR
My mother and father, as well as salon owner Charles Penzone, American Crew’s Craig Hanson, industry pro Terry Peitsmeyer and the late hairdresser John Sahag. I consider them guiding forces.

​BIGGEST CHALLENGE
Carving out a career doing men’s hair in the fashion editorial world and opening my own salon. I’ve been dreaming of both since I started in the industry.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I EVER GOT
Practice the art of patience. If you do that, you can accomplish everything you set out to do.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
Winning the American Crew U.S. All-Star Challenge was a definite high point. It validated that my dedication to the craft of men’s grooming has paid off. On a personal note, my proudest moment came when I crossed the finish line of a half marathon with my mother this past October.

NEXT STEP
Refining my craft within the American Crew education system and creating groomed styles for photo shoots and backstage at New York Fashion Week. Hair is my passion.

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About the Author

Kelley Donahue

As Editor in Chief of American Salon, Kelley Donahue reports on all aspects of the professional beauty industry, including salon business-building strategies, seasonal hair and fashion trends, salon services and techniques, and timely issues impacting manufacturers, schools, salons and distributor principals. In addition to conducting photo shoots--one of which was the recipient of an ABBIES Award for Best Magazine Cover--Donahue also travels extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, sourcing out new trends and representing American Salon at major industry functions and educational events.