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Humans of Thorps, Week 2: Claire!

This post is part of a series called Humans of Thorps, where we’ll be sharing cuts & color, style inspiration, product guides, and random fun tidbits from one stylist per week. Posts will go up on our Instagram and Facebook all week, then be collected on our website along with an interview. We hope you enjoy getting to know the Thorps team!

Our featured stylist for July 21st — July 26th was our resident rocker Claire. 

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Claire came to Thorps in August 2011, right after graduating from cosmetology school. She’s six feet of pure hilarity, and a skilled barber to boot. She’s inspired by everything from comic book characters to 1970s punk rockers.

Jake was a first-time Thorps client. Look at that sharp part–and that smile! We’re sure he’ll become one of Claire’s regulars in no time.

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Fringed & lovely with the perfect touch of messy–for longer styles, Claire loves Davines Sea Salt Spray.

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There’s a big difference between a mullet and a shag–because shags are effortlessly cool and instantly evoke a rocker vibe. Claire styles her own ‘do with Davines Curl Building Serum and Alder Hair Powder.

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Midway through the week, Claire switched up her blue locks for this dreamy dark green! Would you dare go verde?

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Her hair may be green now, but she’s going through a musical blue period. Some of Claire’s favorite albums: 1) Thin Lizzy – Black Rose: A Rock Legend 2) Protex – Strange Obsessions 3) Weezer – The Blue Album 4) The Go-Go’s – Beauty & The Beat

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A tight fade will never go out of style. Claire loves the precision involved in barber’s cuts.

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Super short, super messy, or super classic: Claire cuts ‘em all.

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Some of Claire’s favorite products: 1) Davines Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner breathes life into dry & damaged hair and doubles as a cream cleanser. 2) Davines Oi Oil smoothes and adds shine, making styling a breeze. 3) Brooklyn Grooming Fort Greene Classic Beard Oil smells like lavender and revives even the most neglected of beards. 4) Uppercut Deluxe Pomade provides high-shine and a gravity-defying hold.

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Some of Claire’s favorite movies–add these to your Netflix queue for a healthy dose of absurdity.

THORPS: What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?
Claire: I unfortunately did a lot of terrible things to my own hair in my youth, including shaved head, all sorts of Mohawks, DIY basement perm, and every kind of box dye imaginable. The worst color was probably after I had my hair bleached professionally, and I had used a box dye to get it back to brown. I went to Alabama on spring break and used Sun-In, which was all sorts of horrible.

THORPS: What drew you to barbering?
Claire: I have always been drawn to the attention to detail required with shorter haircuts. I am constantly more impressed with a nice barbers cut than any color or longer hairstyle.

THORPS: What’s your dream musical supergroup?
Claire: Most of the bands and groups that I love are comprised of talented musicians that I adore and respect, which makes it very difficult for me to pick a “dream supergroup.” I would have to say that I would like to see Ozzy Osbourne front the Who, because Roger Daltrey is a walking, fringe-covered turd. John Entwistle and Keith Moon rank very high on my respective lists of favorite bassists and drummers, and Pete Townshend had some very nice jumpsuits back in the day. I always felt that the Who was more of a power trio than a four piece. Maybe I am not giving Roger enough credit? I might come up with thirteen other combinations after I am able to marinate on this question a little longer, but it will save those for another day.

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And a bonus: Claire’s cat, Samuel L. Jackson. Yes, he really once slept like that.

Thanks for following along this week with Claire! If you’d like to book with Claire, you can call the shop at 608/467.2222 or book online.

 

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Humans of Thorps, Week 1: Tara!


This post is part of a series called Humans of Thorps, where we’ll be sharing cuts & color, style inspiration, product guides, and random fun tidbits from one stylist per week. Posts will go up on our Instagram and Facebook all week, then be collected on our website along with an interview. We hope you enjoy getting to know the Thorps team!

Our featured stylist for July 14th — July 20th  was the lovely Tara.

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Tara has been cutting hair professionally since 2009 and joined the Thorps team in 2010, where she’s brought an easygoing vibe and tons of skill in giving perfectly subtle highlights and low-maintenance cuts.

Here are some styles Tara created in the shop last week:

Looking for an easy-to-style cut? Tara suggests you try out a bob–a stacked bob (like on Mary, right) is especially simple. Tara also did Mary’s beautiful blonde color.

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These soft blonde highlights add a sunny vibe and dimension to dark hair while still looking natural. Subtle or grown-out highlights are some of Tara’s favorites.

Tara found herself with a little extra time on her hands one afternoon and practiced her braiding skills on our receptionist. Cornrows may not be your cup of tea, but adding a few sweet braids to a summer wedding updo gives a romantic, boho look.

Tara found herself with a little extra time on her hands one afternoon and practiced her braiding skills on our receptionist. Cornrows may not be your cup of tea, but adding a few sweet braids to a summer wedding updo gives a romantic, boho look.

Beachy waves, chunky bobs, and golden blonde highlights are some of Tara’s favorite looks.

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For chill locks, Tara recommends the following Davines products, all available in our shop: 1) Oi All-in-One Milk 2) Sea Salt Spray 3) Strong Hold Hairspray 4) Hair Refresher dry shampoo to keep your style going strong into day 2!

THORPS: What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?
Tara:
When I was 8 my mom took me to a barber on the Navy base where we lived. He gave me bowl cut that was so bad it’s hard for me to even call it a bowl cut. I didn’t shed too many tears though ’cause I was a bit of a tomboy and always outside.

THORPS: Who are your style icons?
Tara:
Generally my taste in style stays pretty consistent. I don’t really look up to anyone in particular. However, there is a group of people that I’ll give a nod to, the women of Madison that seem to somehow pull together this awesome sort of “sporty-bohemian” look on a St. Vinny’s budget…definitely impressive.

THORPS: Describe your perfect summer day.
Tara:
Early to midday river paddle with a picnic on a sandbar, then a short bike ride to the Union for a beer or two.

THORPS: What’s the one hair tip you tell every client?
Tara:
Less shampoo more conditioner, and having good quality products to start with makes a world of difference!

Thanks for following along this week with Tara! If you’d like to book with Tara, you can call the shop at 608/467.2222 or book online.

We will be closed today and will  be open tomorrow, Saturday July 5th.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Need a quick gift?  We have Malin & Goetz

Shampoo & Conditioner Combos for $35

Closed in Celebration of Memorial Day

Thanks to all who have served

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Strollin’ Schenk’s Corners

Tonight, May 23rd, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium kicks off its new Strollin’ series of neighborhood-based mini-fests in the Schenk’s Corners commercial district.  Strollin’ Schenk’s Corners” features 8 hours of live music beginning at 5:00 pm located at 5 neighborhood venues. For more specific info visithttp://madisonjazz.org/strollin/

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Thorps Line-up 7 pm-9:45 pm

  • Brennan Conners & Stray Passage featuring Tim Russell
  • Lesser Lakes trio

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Come in and shop for mom.  Pick a travel-size davines essential shampoo, conditioner and davines anti-aging hand cream for $28

New Hours!

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Starting May 1st we will be open 9am-9pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Best of Madison – Best Barbershop!

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We took gold in the Best Barbershop category in this year’s Best of Madison poll from Madison Magazine. Check out the article here.

5th Year Anniversary Special!

Anniversary Sale

Isthmus Annual Manual – 2013

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We’ve been selected as one of Madison’s favorite salons for the fourth year in a row! Thanks everyone!

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Read about our man Walter and his plans to go to the National Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans!

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Anna Vogelzang and Building on Buildings live on July 20!

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The THORPS summer concert series chugs on with a performance from Anna Vogelzang and Building on Buildings. Also, Furthermore Beer will be hand, passing out samples. Starts at 8:00.

July Special

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Check out our July retail special, Featuring Alder NY Hair Powder!