Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 Buy one get one half off!


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?
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?
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.
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?
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.


Happy Father’s Day!


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


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 visit


Thorps Line-up 7 pm-9:45 pm

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


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

New Hours!


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

Best of Madison – Best Barbershop!


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


We’re back! Thanks for understanding while we were closed for the remodel. Pardon our mess while we finish up some details, but we’re really excited with how the shop has turned out. Come check it out!



We will be closed for the week of January 6th to do some remodeling here at the shop. Make sure to come check it out when we’re done!



It’s been another great year here at THORPS and we’re very excited for all the big plans we have in 2014. Thanks for all your support and stay tuned!


We’ll be closed for a few days, so we’ll see on Friday the 27th. From everyone at THORPS, we wish you the best this holiday season.



Now available: THORPS Coffee. A blend of light roast from Honduras and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. Roasted right here in Madison by Just Coffee, which means it’s fair trade, shade-grown and organic.

Davines “More Inside”


THORPS is excited to bring the new Davines styling line “More Inside” into the shop. Ask about it next time you’re in!