Ignition Point

A very powerful color, red evokes so much emotion on many levels. It’s bold, passionate and intense with a tendency to awaken and motive, to provoke movement and to ignite lust and allure in one simple glance.

For Jake Thompson, this luminous hue was the inspiration and catalyst for his 2016 NAHA Haircolor entry, which went on to earn a nomination for the prestigious award.

When asked about his thought behind the collection, Jake said, “In the past, I tend to shoot fairly dark stuff, but this year I threw all that out the window. This year the red really grabbed me. I wanted red in every element of my collection from the background to the wardrobe, jewelry, makeup, and even the hair.  Very tone on tone.”

Hair:  Jake Thompson for Lunatic Fringe Salon - Sugarhouse, Utah • Photography:  Jake Thompson • Styling: Rachael Domingo • Makeup: Jillyn Neslen • Photos Courtesy PBA

Jake Thompson

As a child, Jake knew he was destined to become big.  He was unaware of the path he was going to take until his mom suggested hairdressing.  Once he enrolled in hair school, Jake knew it was a perfect fit. Throughout Jake’s career, his passion for educating others has exploded. Jake’s talent in education took him everywhere – from in a classroom to International hair shows to working with companies like Redken, Sexy Hair Concepts and Revlon Style Masters.

Besides educating and working behind the chair, Jake creates artistic hair collections that have been published in multiple magazines including Behind the Chair Magazine, Modern Salon, American Salon, Estetica, Hot by Hair’s How, RE Magazine, Salon Magazine and Beauty Underground.  These collections have also earned him multiple nominations and awards, such as 2016 Hair color Nominee, 2016 Southwest Hairstylist of the year, 2014 NAHA Avant Garde Winner, 2013 NAHA Avant Garde Nominee, 2012 NAHA Avant Garde Nominee, 2011 NAHA Avant Garde Winner, 2011 NAHA Fashion Forward Nominee, and 2006 NAHA Avant Garde Nominee.  

Jake lives and sleeps hairdressing, and creating is what drives him. Once Jake tasted the excitement of creating his own collections, he took it a step further by shooting and editing his own work.  

Jake is so grateful to have the opportunities that have come his way. He currently is co-owner at Lunatic Fringe Salon in Sugarhouse, Utah, which has been his family for 12 years.