Kirsten Wilms, the daughter of Carsten Wilms, was the first graduate of the Carsten Institute of Cosmetology Phoenix. She moved to New York to work as an assistant, then stylist of Frédéric Fekkai. Kirsten then moved into the exciting world of television and print assignments. Over the next eight years she worked on CBS’s Inside Edition and Sony’s Life and Style. In addition she styled for clients such as GAP, Victoria’s Secret, Versace, Martha Stewart and other projects for photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier.
In 2003, she started the Carsten Institute of Cosmetology and Carsten Union Square along with her father. This brought more than the Carsten technique to New York; it brought her the ability to teach it to others. Only in its infancy, the New York location has graduated hundreds of young professionals, and has made a name for itself as a premier cosmetology educator in the fiercely competitive New York market.