Brandon Balderrama’s origins stem from the Los Angeles punk scene circa 1983. Growing up in a multicultural, eclectic environment, his interest in music and art was garnered as an adolescent. As a teenager, he pushed boundaries with his own hair, defying the laws of gravity with mohawks and other authentic punk hairstyles. Through the support of his friends in the music scene, he made the decision to pursue cosmetology as a career.
After obtaining his cosmetology license in 2005, he moved to San Francisco and began working on Haight street at Edo Salon. Through their rigorous assistant program he refined his skills and became an expert in the art of the straight razor haircut. He was also sent to haircutting classes at the Bumble and Bumble academy in New York city to advance his skills as an elite stylist. Edo salon was named Best of San Francisco by SF Weekly and Best of the Bay by the Bay Area Guardian during his time as a stylist and educator at the salon. Returning to Los Angeles in 2010, Brandon sought to further his education and attended the Academy of Barbering Arts, earning his barbering license in 2010. Soon after, he began working on Hollywood Boulevard at Primrose Organics Salon. During his time at Primrose, the salon won the 2014 Best salon LA from LA Weekly. They also became one of the highest reviewed salons on yelp, with Brandon’s clients contributing over 100 positive reviews.
Brandon live s an eco-conscious lifestyle, values integrity, and seeks to push humanity forward by practicing acts of kindness and constant devotion to blending good hair with good deeds. This inspired him to open Liberated Salon in 2014. As a stylist, he gives back to the community in the form of donations to animal shelters, discounts for teachers and non-profit employees, and makeover haircuts for battered women. He has also had the pleasure of assisting a substantial amount of his clients in donating their ponytails to Locks of Love and Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Brandon specializes in straight razor haircutting, intricate detailed haircuts, bobs, pixies, men’s cuts, and transformation haircuts. His attention to detail is one of his greatest attributes along with his ability to identify face shape and select the most appropriate style to accentuate his clients’ best features. His organic approach to haircuts allows him to choose the most effective method when working with various hair textures, curls, hair growth, density, and head shape. He prides himself on thorough consultations when working with clients to develop a style that is uniquely their own. Pop culture and style references of the 1920s to the 1960s remain a constant inspiration for his approach. Some of his work can be seen on HBO productions, Food Network shows, and upcoming Marvel Comic movies.
On his free time he enjoys playing in punk rock bands, writing music, muay thai kickboxing, and spending time with his beautiful wife and two fluffy cats.