When Michael Sobranes started his career with Gila Rut Salons in 2005, he was so shy he hardly spoke to anyone for a year. Since then, his career has soared. Michael entered the Gila Rut education program, specializing in hair cutting. Over 13 years, Michael has worked his way up from assisting, to Master Designer, Educational Director, Lead of San Diego Fashion Week and Editorial Photo Shoot Director. There is no stopping this creative genius!
What prompted you to work at Gila Rut?
The salon’s reputation. My cousin was a guest and highly recommended Gila Rut. She loved being a customer.
What was your job/career prior to working at Gila Rut?
Various jobs: warehouse manager, retail, web developer.
What defining moment brought you to be a hairdresser?
A hairdresser friend learned about my dream of being a hairdresser, so she pushed me!
How has Gila Rut changed the course of your career?
I’ve become a more eccentric artist and achieved a high level of hairdresser rock-star success. I’ve accomplished many things that many hairdressers only dream of, from working with an array of celebrities and New York Fashion Week to serving as Creative Director for photo shoots and Director of Fashion Week San Diego.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
Photography, cooking and eating.
If you could do anyone’s hair, who would it be?
Debbie Harry of Blondie. I’d love to hear her stories. And she’s always had great hair.
Have you done the hair or makeup of a celebrity?
Yes. Many times, I had no clue who they were until afterwards. Lol!
What is the craziest thing anyone has said while in your chair?
Will it make my boobs look bigger?!
What was your worst hair moment?
Making a new mother cry after she regretted chopping her hair off.
How often do you change your hairstyle?
Not too often. Once I see the customers requesting my hairstyle, I tend to change my look. It’s flattering to be fashion forward, but we have to keep re-inventing our style.
What’s your biggest claim to fame/biggest achievement?
Attending 100 educational courses. It’s like having a PhD!
How does it make you feel to celebrate 25 years with Gila Rut?
I’m celebrating 12 years this summer. That’s a third of my life! It’s insane to think I’ve come so far and am still growing.