KYMBERLY FULTON: CREATRESS OF TARANTULA ON STILTS HAIR BAUHAUS & DREADLOCK SPECIALIST
I have been involved in the hair industry for 25 years, specializing in dreadlocks for 21 years. Ten years ago, I decided to focus on dreads exclusively and have created this style on hundreds of clients since then. In 2014, David and I left our jobs behind to open Tarantula on Stilts Hair Bauhaus.
I had dreadlocks myself for 18 years, cutting them off in 2011. At that point, I was starting a new life journey and wanted to move forward unencumbered by the energy and emotions that I believe are held within dreads. Also, I started to experience tension alopecia on my scalp, which started my study of this ailment. Ultimately, the knowledge of tension alopecia I've gained is the bedstone of my theories regarding proper placement, sectioning and structure of dreadlock installation. I live and breathe these theories, keeping them very close to my heart and passing them on to my clients.
It was my dream to own a private studio where I could give one-on-one focus to each client. After working in big salons for almost 20 years, being able offer such personal and private service without the overwhelming atmosphere of a large salon has been a luxury. When a client comes in with dread-related scalp issues, being able to discuss and help treat said issues in a one-on-one setting is much more comfortable for them and it also allows me the ability to focus solely on their hair for the time that we have together.
The name Tarantula on Stilts pays homage to my favorite band Siouxsie and the Banshees. This band was a huge influence on me both sonically and stylistically. Music plays a big part in our lives, the name just suited us and is an interesting icebreaker for our clients. We call ourselves a Bauhaus and not a salon because we do much more than hair. We are involved in design of all kinds... art, clothing, interior, music, hair. We are also great supporters of others who are brave enough to create and share something of themselves with the world.
The most rewarding part of my job is the ability to spend time with my wonderful husband and business partner, David, and my amazingly talented son, Paulo Anthoni. I'm also able to draw inspiration from the geographical location of the Bauhaus - next to the Pacific Ocean - as it's has always been a dream to live and work next the the beach. Having these blessings in my life allows me to give positive and healing energy to every person that sits in my chair. The personal nature of the services that I perform makes an already intimate experience even more so and hopefully, which translates into a very rich experience for our clients.
One of the things that you will see and hear about in the Bauhaus is "IDIC" which stands for, Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. My background in and love for hair and fashion have developed into many different collaborations with other like minded individuals such as: Jean Paul Gaulteir, Five and Diamond, Paulo Candido, Gelareh Designs and many more. I love to absorb various things from each person that I work with and share them with an addition of my own creative flare. IDIC describes both my side projects and my life in general, as they both vary in inspiration infinitely.
We do not rest on our laurels, we look to the horizon, we move ahead and find inspiration in both the amazing and the mundane. We look forward to spreading our thoughts and theories with the dread community and strive to bring this vibrant subculture out of the shadows.