Q: What is your all-time favorite look for men’s hair?
Brent Hardgrave: “The Pompadour. I sported one while working at Johnny Rockets while working my way through hair school! The teasing class came in real handy—it was an aerodynamic dream!”
Keune International Artisan Brent Hardgrave has a mantra: “Experience the experience of experience.” “It’s who I am,” he says. “I started at Disney World and that experience allowed me to understand customer service.”
Hardgrave first went to college to become a nurse or interior designer. “My mother always said as I was growing up, ‘Please do not grow up to be one of those hairdressers.’ I was crushed because in my heart I already was ‘one of those hairdressers!’” Good news for us: He’s a great one!
Craig Hanson: “Classic Hollywood; smooth finish, a little bit of shine and brushed off the face in a casual gesture which ends up looking effortless and cool. James Dean is a great example!”
With 27 years in the salon industry, American Crew Creative Director Craig Hanson possesses a unique ability to distill high fashion into inspiring and tangible design for a greater audience. He worked in salons behind the chair for more than 12 years including Horst & Friends, Jon English and his own; Medusa, before joining American Crew in 1995.
Hanson was key in the creation and ongoing development of American Crew’s education department, and has been instrumental in shaping the overall American Crew brand image. He is responsible for conceiving and developing the annual collections for the American Crew brand, which are now recognized in the industry as the standard in men’s grooming.
Adrienne Rogers: “Dean Martin slick and slicked back. It translates to every generation—always cool.”
Adrienne Rogers, National Technical Training Director for Product Club Haircolor Accessories, has been a professional hairdresser and colorist for more than 20 years. When not on the road or platform for Product Club, Rogers can be found at Cutler Salon in New York City where she is a senior colorist, or at her Hush Salon in Philadelphia, which she owns with husband Carlos Rogers, who created the cut and style for this session.
Rogers is a regular as an artist at New York’s Fashion Week and has created looks for Glamour and Elle Girl and has designed numerous make-overs for other magazines and TV.
Laura VanderMoere: “A traditional cut with clean lines combined with edge-y texture!”
Laura VanderMoere, Wahl platform artist and owner of Whairhouse in Charleston, South Carolina, is a licensed barber and has been an educator in barber colleges. Seventy percent of her clientele is male. “I always use a clipper for male clients and am now introducing it on my female clients,” she says. “I am trying to break the myth that clippering is just for grandfathers. Wahl has created a series of blades that can do anything a scissor can!”