Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Warner.
Hi Kate, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
So, I’ve always been super shy and introverted. I was working a lot of odd jobs for a long time and didn’t have much direction as far as what I’d like to do for a long-term career. I’ve always been interested in music, punk rock, hip hop and everything in between. Always involved in the arts and doing anything creative. Growing up I did my own hair and my friend’s hair. Cutting mohawks, coloring blues, pinks, leopard in bathrooms, trying not to stain my mother’s counters and walls! I have always been so inspired by 80’s punk, goth, new wave, and hair metal fashion. It just never really occurred to me to do hair for a living for some reason. Well… okay, so my mom wanted to get me into hair school as soon as I graduated high school, but, of course, I turned that down.
Until almost ten years later… I went to tour Aveda Institutes out in Winter Park, FL, where I’ve never felt more uncomfortable and overwhelmed in my entire life… so naturally, I applied to attend school. Once accepted I quit my job and started class a week later. Fast forward 6.5 years… many many colors, cutting and barber classes later and I have my own business. Doing hair out of a private studio with all the short hair, punk hair, edgy hair, fashion color, mullet & shags I could dream of. Since covid, I am now sharing my space with my fiancé Noeko, a lettering tattoo artist in our large studio, working opposite schedules. She is high-risk so this gives us control over our space as far as cleanliness and safety since it is a private space. We also have a custom clothing company together called Shredded Dreams where we create one-of-a-kind punk rock jackets and distressed clothing! So it’s all connected and collectively, we’ve made this creative empire that we love so much! The studio itself has an upscale vintage-goth decor vibe and the clients that sit in my chair have me one on one. So we usually listen to some music, put on a movie, or just hang out and chat. My clients become my friends and I just feel so grateful that I have the opportunity to have a career that allows me to do that.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. In school, I was not great. It wasn’t until after I graduated and took different classes that I realized, school only teaches you a foundation and I don’t have to do any of it! I can make it my own and once I did that, I fell in love with seeing people happy just by sitting in my chair. The first year on my own as a starting business was HARD. It took a lot of pep talks from my partner and from my family. It took a lot of patience in the process of building my clientele and it took a lot of time and energy to create the space I had envisioned in my mind.
A few times I wanted to retire early. I struggled, wondering if I made a major mistake more times than I’d like to admit. The thing that got me through it more than anything is my family, my friends and my clients that never stopped supporting me. I just want to offer something different and authentic in an industry that is very cutthroat and plastic. I wanted to take the ego of the industry and kick it to the curb and instead make real connections with the people in front of me. Then the next thing I know I have people coming from Georgia, Palm Coast, Tampa, Miami, and all over just to get the experience with me.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m sought out for my creative, unisex cuts such as short hair cuts, mullet hair cuts, shag hair cuts and fashion colors. I’m known for the studio itself as well. With a hint of gothic decor and vintage, space is an intimate and personal experience. A place where clients can relax in quiet, listen to music, or watch a movie while getting the hair of their dreams. I’m most proud of learning the art of listening. My consultations are most important so I get an understanding of the human in from of me in regards to their lifestyle, their hair texture, hair goals, and the aesthetic they want. Communication is everything in what I do and I want to create a safe space that people feel most comfortable in achieving the version of themselves they want to be. I don’t just do edgy and alternative hair either. I have retouches and one-lengths with highlights as well! Punk rock is a lifestyle not a hairstyle so I don’t ever want to put myself in a box. Labels are boring.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
One of the most important things to my success is my need to just be myself instead of trying to please people that aren’t meant for me and continue to do it, consistently. What I think would look good and what you think would look good on you could be two very different things. The idea is to learn about you, so I can influence a more confident and feeling more yourself, you.
- Haircut/blowdry/style $70
- Unisex Clipper Cut $45
- Creative Color starting at $200
- Single Color Root Retouch and Cut $120
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: katnesharpe.glossgenius.com/
- Instagram: @katne_sharpe
- Facebook: facebook.com/katnesharpe
- Youtube: Katne Sharpe