For as long as Trace Henningsen can remember, she has had an affinity for all things hair. “It’s something that has always come easy to me so I took my passion and ran straight into the world of professional beauty,” says Henningsen. Currently, Henningsen is a Los Angeles-based stylist who’s established quite a following in the few short years since she’s been working behind the chair.
Henningsen calls on an array of advanced cutting and color techniques that she’s perfected—along with a keen artistic eye—to create fashion-forward looks for her devoted clientele that includes celebrities. The result? An effortless shape defined with dimensional-enhancing highlights that lend a playful edge to a client’s total look. “My mantra is ‘create to inspire’ and it’s something I am focused on while designing signature styles worn in real life or on the red carpet,” Henningsen says.
Henningsen’s artistic reach has expanded well beyond the salon. She recently launched a namesake handcrafted bridal accessory line (tracehenningsenbridal.com) that’s in high demand. She has become one of the most sought-after stylists internationally for brides about to say, “I do.” In addition, Henningsen has collaborated on photo shoots, music videos and advertising campaigns, and her work has been featured in top fashion and beauty magazines.
An open mind guides Henningsen as she explores every style—from classic to editorial, while her outstanding work ethic and outgoing personality have made her an industry favorite. “As Chuck Palahniuk so eloquently put it, ‘the unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it,’” Henningsen says. “My most rewarding moments come when I have an idea in my head, then create it exactly how I imagined while sharing it with peers.”