Kelly is Kindred Curl’s Owner, Head Stylist, Dream Maker, and Fierce and Fearless Leader. She started the salon in 1997, but her heart for positivity and inclusivity was established long before that. For proof that public television changes hearts and minds: despite growing up in a not-very-diverse neighborhood, Kelly learned to notice and appreciate diversity and inclusivity by watching Sesame Street and Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood; she dreamed of creating a space of her own where people from all walks of life could come together and feel welcome and comfortable.
Kelly’s artistic background and creative personality combine with her formal education for wow-ing results! She is certified in Head Shape Matters, DevaCurl Cutting and Styling Methods, Original Moxie, Innersense Organic Beauty, Black Girl Curls, Cut it Kinky, and more…she is constantly furthering her education and training and is deeply committed to passing her knowledge on to her clients and her team. She also regularly hosts and teaches classes in the professional curly world.
Kelly is generous, insightful, hardworking, and hilarious. Her spirit animal is a kangaroo…because they have pockets and can pack a punch!
When she’s not in the salon, she loves spending time with her cat and two dogs, marinating in her pool, creating and appreciating art, updating spaces, and exploring the outdoors…specifically, graffiti-ed abandoned buildings (without getting arrested!). She is a huge Bravo fan, and particularly loves watching Andy Cohen, the Real Housewives of…(anywhere!), and Below Deck.
Janaya started her career as a Stylist at Kindred Curl. She is certified in Head Shape Matters, Deva Curl, Cut it Kinky, Black Girl Curls, Original Moxie Detox, and has trained in Pintura, Balayage, and Clockpoint cutting techniques. Naturally-inclined to caring for and nurturing others, Janaya loves using her education and training to make a difference in our clients’ lives by helping them get their best curls.
She also brings a definite old-soul, artistic sensibility to the salon. Janaya is an art and history nerd in the best way possible. She absorbs and reflects beauty through the ages…while still being approachable and so much fun! If she were a work of art, she’d be “Liberty Leading the People” by Eugene Delacroix. Her spirit animal is a side-eye-giving black cat from the Middle Ages.
When she’s not in the salon, you can find her spending time with her daughter and loved ones, dancing, eating and cooking good food, antiquing, belting out musicals in her car, and watching great films…as well as dodgy British reality shows!
The Animals on Our Team
Daxton Harry, aka Dax, is a Goldendoodle born on June 14, 2016. He has a noble posture, lovely picture pose, and a pink nose. He is not a morning dog, but once he’s up, he loves to play hard and snuggle harder (especially with our dog-loving clients). His guilty pleasure is a Starbucks Pupuccino.
Lady Fergie Tallulah Belle, aka FiFi, is Cavapoo+ (DNA analysis pending) born on May 24, 2019. She is the youngest (and quietest) member on our team and has a demure, dreamy gaze. FiFi loves Starbucks Pupuccinos, sticks, and balls! Though she may seem shy when you meet her, play ball with her and she will love you fur-ever!
Helix the Cat is a middle-aged blue-eyed Sphynx. He is soft as velvet, a charming ladies’ man, and can sometimes be found wearing sweaters over his svelte physique. As a youth, he nearly lost an eye; we’re happy that he didn’t…but if any cat could rock an eye patch, it would be Helix! His guilty pleasures include bonito flakes and getting a little too friendly under the dryers, if you let him!