MEET THE TEAM
RICHARD SPROUT// Co-Founder / CEO
Richard is the co-founder of KEMPT. A native of South Africa, he brings more to the team than just a great head of hair. His ability to analyze, strategize, and execute (skills honed as a veteran firefighter), allow him to facilitate daily operations from behind the scenes, ensuring that KEMPT delivers the simple, but significant experience our clients appreciate.
Hometown: George, South Africa
Age I first cut hair: 18, I cut my friends’ hair, leaving a signature long spot in the crown that they could never see….
Best Dad Joke: What do you call a guy who used to like tractors? An extractor fan!
Melissa SPROUT// Co-Founder / Educator / Stylist
Melissa is the co-founder of KEMPT and a men’s hair enthusiast. After graduating from UC Irvine, she continued on the creative path as a hairstylist. Inspired by her husband and son, Melissa’s interest in men’s hair quickly developed into her passion. She knew that in order to to create the perfect haircut and experience for male clients, something more was needed. This motivated her to create KEMPT.
Hometown: San Bernardino
Age I first cut hair: 3, it was my own (my sister declined my offer), and my mom cried – not tears of joy.
Best Dad Joke: Why do you never see elephants hiding in trees? They are really good at it.
JESS// Manager / Stylist
Hometown: Orange, CA
Age I first cut hair: I was 14. My friend wanted subtle side bangs. She ended up with Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber. I have come a long way, lol.
Best Dad Joke: This morning Siri said, “Don’t call me Shirley!”… I accidentally left my phone in Airplane mode.
Hometown: San Juan Capistrano
Age I first cut hair: I was very young. After seeing my aunt cut my mom’s hair (because she was a hairstylist), I used my mom’s scrapbooking scissors to cut off all of our Golden Retriever’s nice long hair.
Best Dad Joke: I told him it was me or the Prius…and I didn’t even hear him leave!
Hometown: Baldwin, NY
Age I first cut hair: When I was 8 I gave all of my Barbies haircuts- ruined them all!
Best Dad Joke: (Spoken with New York accent): Want to hear a joke about paper? Nevermind- it’s tearable.
Hometown: Yorba Linda
Age I first cut hair: I cut my own hair at age 2. I look like a boy in all of my baby pictures.
Best Dad Joke: What did one pen say to the other pen? You’re inkredible.
Hometown: Phillips Ranch, Ca
Age I first cut hair: 5, I cut my own Joni Mitchell Bangs
Best Dad Joke: What do you call a hippie’s wife? Mississippi
Hometown: San Diego
Age I First Cut Hair: 18, I was too scared to cut hair until I went to cosmetology school.
Best Dad Joke: Kid: Why does Peter Pan always fly? Because he Neverlands!
What People are Saying
“First impression walking into Kempt was awesome. ”
"They provide t-shirts to change into as well as offer beverages from water to beer. The chair was the most comfortable chair I've sat in while getting my hair cut. Love Kempt and would recommend it to anyone."
“if a salon and a barber shop had a genetically-blessed love child... it would be Kempt.”
" This is a super cool, clean, modern space with stylists who really "get" guys hair, which really is the most important thing! Every time we go to Kempt my son leaves looking like a million bucks. :)"
“I highly recommend KEMPT for all men who want to have the best.”
"I enjoyed excellent customer service, extremely friendly and high level of professionalism of everyone working there. "
"KEMPT definitely goes above and beyond to provide excellent service to their customers. You might be able to find a slightly cheaper haircut somewhere else but you will not get the same attention and expertise. Coco was very knowledgeable and was able to recommend a cut and style that best suited my curly (messy) hair. I'll definitely be returning."
“I plan on coming back to KEMPT from now on. ”
"I'm picky about my hair so what I love about KEMPT is that every stylist is trained specifically to the standards of this store's owner. As I guy who likes his hair on the longer side, it's important to me that the stylist knows what they are going to do before they start cutting and that they understand what I want. The shop is set up in a simple and modern way. I appreciate being offered a beverage, beer or non alcoholic. The owner makes it a point to say hello and spend a moment at the end with each client even though she may not cut their hair personally. "
“Loved the whole experience from start to finish and everyone around me approves the haircut!”
“I have been looking for a stylist for a very long time, and I believe that I found her at KEMPT. ”
"Sue was very professional and cut my hair exactly the way I asked her to do it. KEMPT has made a customer for life."
"I’ve been to many men salons and this one is great."
"Melissa was excellent. Before I even sat down she had a quality opinion about my hair and how she could style it.Not all guys know how exactly to style their hair. It was nice to get an opinion and a good style from an expert. "
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