Ken Stephens could have been in Show Biz! The FRESH stylist spent his early years as a dancer, with an eye on making it a career someday. But an injury in his teens sidelined Ken and got him moving in a new direction.
Hair! Ken’s grandmother ran a salon and, inspired by her, Ken began doing what a lot of aspiring stylists do… he cut and colored his friends and family’s hair. It’s why Ken thanks them to this day. His mother and grandmother both encouraged Ken to follow his passion and pursue a career in the beauty business.
“I thank my family and my employer for my success. My family for being so supportive and my employer for giving me the opportunity in this great salon,” he says.
A perfect day at the FRESH starts with a cup of coffee and a smile. And if you know Ken, you realize that smile seldom leaves his face! He loves to chat with co-workers about his day and collaborate about the latest styles that are trending in the industry.
“It keeps me energized, he says. My coworkers are supportive which makes for a great work environment.”
The trends Ken will follow into the New Year include fantasy hair and natural texture. Both are popular. He says he loves textured hair because you can style it differently every day, and have a great, new look.
But it’s the people he works with and his clients he works for, that inspire Ken the most.
“I am a people person! FRESH gives me the chance to meet and work with all kinds of interesting and inspiring people. And I love learning about them,” he said.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ken came to Charlotte to be close to the people he loves who are also here now. He has a special place in his heart for his nine-year-old nephew, his sister… and that grandmother and mother who gave him the green light years ago to follow his dreams!
Welcome to Charlotte Ken! We are glad you’re part of the FRESH family!