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Life & Work with Mikey Denton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mikey Denton. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Mikey started working in a Portland barbershop in February of 2012 called The Modern Man. Shortly after that, he met his wife, Kendelle. In June of 2015, they decided to open up their own salon, with a barbershop feel, and decided to only carry high-end, helpful, and exclusive products; Baxter of California was definitely on the top of that list. This is when Mikey started to get really familiar with Baxter products, then coincidentally the brand reached out to him to ask if he’d be interested in becoming an educator for them. Since Mikey had educated independently up to this point, he quickly jumped on the idea and was all in. His first class with Baxter of California was in November of 2015 and he’s been in love with the brand ever since. 

His interests are scissor techniques, clipper techniques, and styling. He loves explaining the “why” and “how” to achieve what you want. Mikey also loves explaining not only how he uses Baxter as a stylist behind the chair, but also how he sells the product from a salon owner’s perspective. Mikey has taught as a Baxter educator all over the United States and also in Australia. 

He currently educated part-time and continues to cut hair at Oxana Salon located in Nashville, Tennessee. Mikey enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys, listening to podcasts, and watching anything hair-related in his free time. “

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, it has been very hard. But rewarding in many ways. 

2020 included me closing my business of 5 years which was a blessing in disguise. 

Starting my career over post quarantine in a new salon setting. 

Having closures happen again and then moved across country from Portland, OR. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Hairstylist of 10 years who specializes in haircutting. Was a men’s hair/short hair specialist specifically for 7 years? Educator the last 7 years. Global educator for a former Loreal men’s grooming brand Baxter of California and guest educator for the luxury brand, R+co. 

I am proud of all the connections made behind the chair with guests and like-minded people in the hair industry. Both people who cut hair and don’t do hair at all. 

What sets me apart? I am noticing a shift in client experience behind the chair. People want more of an experience with their service. Educational tips, thorough consultations, understanding their hair, the above and beyond service., etc. I am noticing more Professionals providing that experience and I’d like to believe I’m part of that shift. 

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
To always be a student. Continue your education. Never say never. Also find motivation and education outside the bubble of your profession. 

Simon Sinek is a phenomenal author who doesn’t do hair. Yet, his insight can be extremely beneficial for hairstylists 


  • $90 women’s cut
  • $60 men’s cut

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