Transporting from a rural town in Illinois to NYC to LA, Kristen has immersed herself in many forms of art. Studying at the Aveda Institute in Chicago was a lesser known plan, as she was also attending school for theatre and fine art. A blessing in disguise as her hands were always creating, she found a home in hair. Since then, she's become one of the most sought after young hair stylists and groomers.
Kristen draws inspiration from her illustrations, travels, and experiences living in NYC and Los Angeles. While living in NYC she studied under April Barton at the famous Chelsea Hotel's Suite 303, mastering the craft of cutting men's and women's hair. With a strong belief in e.e. cummings statement, "To destroy is always the first step in any creation," Kristen breaks down the components to a long lasting haircut along with making each snip and slice unlike any before.
Since her move to LA from NYC in 2008, Kristen has been working as a fashion + celebrity hairstylist and groomer to many well known brands for print + commercials, as well as grooming and styling for some of the most relevent people in our entertainment industry. She thinks progressively when it comes to styling, loving the concept of broken in style for both men and women, while also referencing the classic beauty found in past icons.
In June 2013, seeking an additional venture, Kristen opened Cabin 207, a 3 chair hair salon and bookstore located in Downtown LA after a successful fundraiser campaign with Indiegogo.
In May 2015, Kristen made the move across town and opened up pop up shop, Cabin West, in Venice, CA. The pop up was a concept shop comprising of hair salon, bookstore, and homewares.
The pop up ended in March 2016 where thereafter Kristen found a permanent location on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, CA and opened her private, appointment only studio, Cabin, in July 2017. The studio is tucked away behind the busy retail street in a garden bungalow.
The studio celebrates all things beautiful, between the haircuts, the selection of retail in Cabin, and the environment that makes you forget where you are. Cabin also houses Cabin Paper, a paper product line where Kristen has taken her love for illustrating and created a greeting card and art print line.
Most recently, she joined forces with Playa Haircare as their styling Brand Ambassador. Follow them here: @playa
She currently lives in Venice, CA and freelances between LA and NYC for her celebrity and salon clientele at Suite 303 NYC and at her shop in Venice.
Instagram: @shopcabin @theshawness @cabinpaperco