10 Things from a Tribune Tastemaker: Jenna Nelson Culpepper


Clockwise from left: Jenna Nelson Culpepper and her husband, Will Culpepper (courtesy photo); Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Howell Conant/Paramount); Neil deGrasse Tyson (www.haydenplanetarium.org)

In this creative new weekly series, local author, artist and all-around entertaining and eccentric (not to mention classy!) Southern gentleman Ben Johnson South introduces Cullman Tribune readers to the creative thinkers and doers in the Cullman community.

“10 Things from a Tribune Tastemaker”

This week, meet Jenna Nelson Culpepper, stylist/partner, Salon Luxe

The setting is dinner at the museum enjoying a lively chat with Mayor Woody Jacobs and Connie, who looked great, when I get captivated by a woman with beautiful, fashionable hair beside us. I glance across the room to see if the woman’s husband is there and, dammit, he is, and he also has a smart haircut. Later, I discreetly discover their stylist is Jenna Nelson Culpepper, co-owner of Salon Luxe, and promptly stop driving to Mountain Brook every month for a trim.

Here, from the creative world of hair and beauty, are 10 things from this TASTEMAKER:

  1. JENNA’S “GO TO” HAIRCUTTER—Andrea Barnett, partner at Salon Luxe, or fellow stylist, Misty Fletcher, both “amazingly talented”
  2. EGYPTIANS OF THE PHARAOHS /NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON—favorite sculptor and favorite scientist mentioned when I compliment her sculpting skill and science smarts
  3. THE KARDASHIANS—would love to “makeover”
  4. THE FANNY PACK—wishes she had invented
  5. DUCHESS DONUTS—favorite Cullman indulgence
  6. MICHELLE PFEIFFER (“Batman Returns”), Ashley Judd (“Double Jeopardy”), Michael Douglas (“War Of The Roses”)—favorite, movie hairstyles
  7. KEVIN MURPHY’S SESSION SPRAY—great hold and doesn’t leave hair “brittle or gummy”
  8. HOLIDAY, 2018—beauty trend is “enhanced but natural”
  9. GET A “BLOWOUT”—best way to try a new stylist
  10. JENNIFER ANISTON/WILL CULPEPPER (husband)—hair she loves

Other Jenna favorites: LOMA Maximum Volume Solution; Saint Augustine, Florida; The Judds' “Grandpa” (song she most wants to join in on); Charlize Theron (girl crush); Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (look to recreate for a fashion retrospective of Cullman designer, Charles Kleibacker); MOTTO: “Hey Jude, you can’t always get what you want. (Ha)”

Other Tastemakers:
Christine Chamblee Nishimura, head bartender, 412 Public House

Jock Leonard, architect/Leonard Design

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