Sabrina Michals is shockingly versatile - her style possibilities are endless”. Her Passion is the craft of education. Her heart is dedicated to the artistic soul. This hair marvel is from the concrete jungle, where dreams are made of hair, there's nothing she can't do, her craft will make you feel brand new, big visions will inspire you.
Her work has been featured in the likes of Spanish Vogue and GQ, but the essence of hairdressing must not be lost under its ever growing industry. Sabrina Michals - “a Wellness Coach for the hairdresser” - unites traditional styling and Beauty education with Wellness; proving once and for all that the most talented in the business should embrace an holistic approach to take their work that step further.
Born in Santa Monica, CA, Michals studied Beauty at the Vidal Sassoon Academy before moving directly out of California and into the bright lights and opportunity of The Big Apple. New York City spelt success for Sabrina Michals, as she found herself working at Bumble and bumble. - the figurehead of the Michael Gordon legacy, on Hairdresser’s Row. The Bumble and bumble. salon become Sabrina’s homestead, where she has spent the last 25 years as an educator.
However, Michals is hardly what you would call salon bound - she’s been lead hair stylist on many runway shows, and, while working as Creative Director for global brand Artistry trained the backstage styling team. During her time with Bumble and bumble., she travelled to Paris, where she studied the art of Balayage under famous hair colorist Stephane Pous. She was also a core team member of both Eugene Souleiman's and Orlando Pita’s teams - two masters of the Beauty world.
Today she is not only one of New York’s most talented hairdressers, but is also a trained Yoga instructor, certified aromatherapist and plans on securing her life coaching license very soon. “I'm currently at a turning point in my career.” explains Sabrina. “I have decided to branch off on my own and infuse Wellness and Beauty with the art of hairdressing.”
Educating hairdressing professionals in an holistic approach is, for Sabrina Michals, crucial if they are to “take better care of themselves, and balance entering and exiting of energies on a daily basis.” Foundational within this unique process is the understanding of essential oils and how they affect the hair, but also the body, mind and soul. But it doesn’t stop there, Sabrina aims higher still. “I plan to build my brand in series of signature classes. I would love to be a 101 wellness lifestyle coach for hairdressers.”
GM What is your profession?
Sabrina I am a freelance Hairdresser. I am also a certified yoga
instructor and a certified aromatherapist.
GM Which year were you born in?
GM Where did you grow up?
Sabrina In Los Angeles, California . My parents were divorced. My father
lived in his car in Venice Beach for eight years. This is where I sold artworks and learned to skate board.
GM Who gave you your name? Does your name have any particular (or, special)
Sabrina My parents Not really, it just that my mother was watching a TV series and the witch was named “Sabrina” and voila!
GM What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Sabrina I like all kinds of genres. It just depends on my mood.
GM What is the most inspiring art work for you?
Sabrina I appreciate all works of art. My father is a successful artist. I love installations, sculptures and especially modern art.
GM What is your favourite number and why?
Sabrina My favourite number is 7 and 9; I'm unsure about what makes them special. I suppose I love odd numbers in general.
GM Do you have any heroes, heroines and icons you admire? If so who and why?
Sabrina Kate Moss has always been someone I admired. I started my career in the early 90s grunge scene. She was a big part of that era. Paolo Roverse, Julian DY's, Eugene Souleiman, Ward, Yohji Yamamoto and Ann Demeulemeester have all influenced me and they are in one way or another my heroes and heroines.
GM What is your earliest childhood memory?
Sabrina I remember having many exotic animals like a baby alligator, armadillo and a goat. My favourite thing was playing in my tree house with my bunnies. I am currently reliving my childhood with a swing in our NYC apt. Our newest pet is a Netherland dwarf bunny named "Barrel". He has full rage of our house.
GM What inspires you?
Sabrina Nature, Art and Life itself inspires me. So does learning new things; this is why I'm always taking classes that inspire my work, ranging from macramé, pottery, floral design, knitting, crocheting. Essential oil's to surfing, SUP and yoga. I love being in the ocean and working with my hands.
GM Who influences you?
Sabrina Great lifestyles from Street style, interior design, beauty and wellness, savvy boutique to Instagram influence me a lot. My top editorial hairdressers that influence me would be Eugene, Guido and James Pecis; they are real artists in my opinion.