The Studio Stylists
“Let’s be real. I have been fired from every job I’ve had” Adam states while being interviewed at the opening of his second location. “After a while it starts to make you think maybe it’s not everyone else that is the problem.”
Adam, the creator and founder of The Studio by Adam Lee Kenney, has had many achievements in his nearly 15 years of doing hair. Buying and selling salons, building a loyal clientele in Chicago and Los Angeles, taking class after class offered in any type of hair advancement he could find. Yet, when asked about any of it, he stated “It doesn’t matter what I’ve done before. None of it was comparable to creating what I created at The Studio.” He went on to say “When I opened my space I had no idea what it was going to be. I just knew that I had been fired from every single job that I’d had and I couldn’t find the right fit for me. So, I built it. What I didn’t know was the space that I would literally build with my own two hands, would also be what many others in the same situation were looking for as well.” Since then, The Studio has opened its doors to many different types of stylists and colorist. Maybe they weren’t in the same situation Adam was in, but another that also made The concept of The Studio look appealing. Adam goes on to tell us “After a while there were so many different stories. So many different uses for the space that I created that one day it just clicked. This is exactly what I had been searching for in everyone else’s salons. I was proud to offer anyone who needed a place to work a place that is designed for the stylist. No other salons will market the fact ‘we do not cater to the people in the chairs getting their har done.’ But we do. We have created a space that is designed to be whatever you need it to be by offering a space that focuses on keeping the stylist happy at all costs.” He then went on to tell us a long list of amenities and bonuses that you get from working in The Studio as an independent stylist. He told us that he wants prospective renters to leave the space their first time seeing it thinking ‘this is too good to be true’. “If they think that then I have properly sold them on all the things we offer.” And believe me, it is a very impressive list.
Adam has focused on making other industry professionals life easier, but he says he never intends to stop doing hair himself. “I am not an office person. I am not a 9-5 person. I hate it when I have to sit at my desk for too long. I crave being behind the chair so I will never stop doing it. Even if it’s just for fun.” Adam specializes in blonding and is available for booking in LA any time his schedule is open online and in Chicago once each month. (warm months that is.) “I usually put a blast on the instagram accounts (@TheStudioSilveralke, @TheStudioLakeview) to let my Chicago guests know I will be coming into town. But, just be aware if you’d like to see me there… I do NOT travel back when it’s snowing!”
The founder of The Studio by Adam Lee Kenney also told us he has a lot of ideas for the future. When asked if there will be any new locations and where, he replied “YES! I don’t know when or where yet. But, I would love it to be as soon as possible! and maybe Miami? New York? I am not sure. Realistically there will probably be a few more locations in both the LA area and different Chicago neighborhoods first. But, it’s fun to dream.
We ended our time with the industry disrupter with some insanely vague news about what he’s been working on outside of The Studio concept. “Keep an eye out for The University by Adam Lee Kenney and Retouched.” Two brand new things coming our way that he wouldn’t elaborate on any further. We will keep our eyes peeled, Mr. Kenney, and can’t wait to see what comes next.
Joshua Ulises Marmol is a licensed barber currently living and working in the LA area. At the end of the day, his job is to leave you feeling better about yourself and your look than when you came in. You can rest assured knowing all his clients receive a long lasting service, an authentic relationship and a welcoming environment.
Yesenia has been a hair and makeup artist for 10 years. A “jack of all trades” stylist means she’s the bomb at anything you’re looking to have done. However, her specialties are color and extensions. She is a certified Wella Master Color Expert, and certified in extensions for adding length and volume.
Jocelyn is a born and raised Chicagoan who is proud to be a hairstylist and involved in the industry. She’s always had a passion for creativity and is constantly looking for new ways to challenge herself as a stylist. Jocelyn is skilled in color and cuts, but obsesses over some beautiful balayages. She enjoys keeping up with the latest trends from hair to fashion so when you see her, you’ll know you’re getting something cute and modern. Jocelyn loves helping clients find a confidence they never knew they had. Always excited to meet new friends and build a great connection. During her free time, you’ll catch her with a cup of coffee scrolling down Pinterest or spending time with my family and two pups.
Nuzhet, a Master Hair Stylist for over twenty years, has a passion for both cutting and coloring. Experienced with diverse hair types and ethnicities, Nuzhet has worked on the Gold coast with top salons as well as managed a newly developed community salon. A student of Pivot Point, a master of precision and edgy cuts, bold radiant colors, coupled with excellent customer service. Nuzhet believes that understanding and listening to clients allows her to envision a perfect outcome for her guests as well as a regimen promoting hair with health integrity.
Available late evenings and any time Saturday or Sunday. Pre-book or walk-in.
A true Chicagoan, Tim grew up on the south side of the city in Bridgeport. Tim started his career at the prestigious Pivot Point academy in 2002 graduating with his license in 2004. A passion for precision hair cutting and coloring led him to Vidal Sassoon Academy in London England where he studied with trend forecasters, absorbing tons of knowledge, gaining inspiration and a unique perspective on design. Tim’s clients always enjoy his friendly and down to earth demeanor as well as style. Specialties include tailored haircuts. Lived in balayage and bombshell blondes.
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