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 August 11th — August 15th was the Queen of Short Haircuts, the extraordinary Kenna!
Kenna has been with THORPS since winter 2011. Proud mama to two smart & adventurous kiddos (and one suuuuper cute pup!), Kenna is a second-generation hair stylist who grew up in a salon. She specializes in short women’s hair and brow waxing, and also loves bold hair colors and men’s cuts.
When it comes to color, Kenna’s policy is the bolder, the better! One of the many perks of short hair is being able to play around with and switch up color more easily than you can with long locks.
Emily said this was the best haircut she’d ever gotten and couldn’t stop beaming afterward. Kenna is always amazing us with her finesse!
The best thing a stylist can hear from a client is “Thank you for changing my life!”…and that’s just what Kenna heard from Lisa after this big change cut!
Lil baby Kenna in 1987 in her mom’s salon–the cutest roller set client you ever did see!
In addition to a killer taste in hair style, Kenna also has a pretty sweet taste in tunes. Some of her all-time favorites: (1) The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hil; (2) Greatest Hits by Notorious B.I.G.; (3) Tidal by Fiona Apple; and (4) Aenima by Tool.
A crazy cool pixie cut by Kenna. Don’t you just love that asymmetrical neckline? She knows that with short cuts, it’s all about the details!
Kenna’s hair/style/life icon: Tilda Swinton. Sometimes women are hesitant to rock short hair because they think they’ll look less feminine, or their significant others won’t like it. Kenna & Tilda Swinton have a message for you: it’s your head, your hair, and you can do whatever makes YOU feel like a million bucks.
THORPS: What’s the worst haircut/color you’ve ever had?
Kenna: I can’t even tell you how many bad haircuts or color I tried in cosmetology school. I hate that there’s photographic evidence. Beyond that though, in kindergarten I had long hair(middle of my back)that was permed. I had huge bangs that went back far. So I pretty much rocked a perm mullet at age 6.
THORPS: Name a style you’ve always wanted to try but probably never will:
Kenna: Kim Kardashian hair. I don’t have the patience or skills to have that hair. It would be in a messy bun every day. But the thought of getting regulars blowouts and having Tara here at THORPS braid it all the time is kind of appealing. Just for a week I think I’d like it.
THORPS: What drew you to specializing in short women’s hair?
Kenna: I really kind of obsess over short hair, and started to watch my women’s short hair clientele grow in the first year here at THORPS. People would say to me that they had gotten so many bad short hair cuts but I did it right. I, personally, have had a lot of bad haircuts as well so I pay attention to the little things (keeping things feminine, cowlicks, etc). There’s a different kind of confidence in a woman who wears her hair short, I want to help bring that out.
THORPS: Dish on your short hair care/styling/maintenance tips, please!
Kenna: Please stop shampooing your hair so much! The dirtier the better when it comes to short hair, I believe. You’re washing away all of the natural oils that your hair needs, and let’s face it…your hair looks a hell of a lot better better on day 2 or 3…right? If you’re going to invest money into coloring your hair you need to invest money into a good shampoo. If you wear your hair short you pretty much always need to use some kind of styling product. For low maintenance people I really love the Malin+Goetz Sage Styling cream (lighter hold, softer finish–great for curls!) If you really like a more defined textured look, I love the DAVINES Strong Dry Wax and also their Sea Salt Spray.
THORPS: So who’s your dream celebrity client?
Kenna: Ellen Degeneres. Not only does she have great hair but I feel like she would be somewhat low maintenance and make me laugh the entire time. Like we could just hang out while I do her hair.
THORPS: Any funny stories from growing up in a salon?
Kenna: Well, there were plenty of times that I cut my own hair! But my favorite memory is when I was 6 or 7 and I was all dressed up, hair done, ready for my dance recital. My mom was upstairs getting ready to go and I went into her salon and decided I needed to wax my eyebrows. I put more than enough wax over one of my brows…yes the entire eyebrow. Before I could move on to the second she came in and started yelling. I remember her frantically trying to wipe off the wax and pick it off. We eventually had to leave but I think she spent some time picking hard wax off of my eyebrow after the recital. I’m sure my mom could write a book about all the mischievous things I did in that shop as a child.
Thanks for following along this week with Kenna! If you’d like to book with Kenna, you can call the shop at 608/467.2222 or book online.