Beauty Industry Professionals
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Germantown salon owner is working to build cultural understanding about Islam. She chooses to come out in public fully veiled. Natasha Somalia has owned a salon for 25 years, but 8 years ago, the mother-of-five converted to Islam, choosing to wear an abaya. “If I have to go out and conduct business, it’s more of a protection for me,” Somalia told Eyewitness News. She’s fully veiled with only her eyes showing through her niqab whenever she goes in public.
“I still work out in my hijab, with my niqab,” she said. Somalia’s salon is called “Fully Covered”- and while her largest clientele are Muslim, she sells hair care products in area stores and globally online. She’s even been featured in Newsweek Middle East and on YouTube. But Somalia says her appearance has caused her to lose clients. “They said, ‘you’re not touching my hair with that on. Take that crap off your head,’” she explained. Read more here (http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/12/16/muslim-salon-owner-wants-people-to-know-her-religion-is-normal/)
Penny Charmaine Jones
Charmaine “Penny” Jones is a licensed master cosmetologist and owner/CEO of Hair Illusions in two locations: Westchester, IL and Plainfield, IL.
Penny has worked in the hair industry for more than 25 years and has received professional certifications of achievement from Pivot Point International Beauty (Certified Licensed Cosmetologist) and Vidal Sassoon Academy (ABC Cut). She’s very passionate, professional and dedicated to excellence in all forms of beauty.
Often referred to as the Short Hair Architect, Larnetta Moncrief brings OPULENCE, GLAMOUR, and STYLE to every design making her the stylist of choice for the fierce and fabulous. A professional stylist for over ten years, Larnetta uses hair as her canvas, bringing a distinctive aesthetic and unique approach to draw out each client’s inner diva.
At an early age, Larnetta understood that hair is not just an accessory; that fabulous hair is the key to feeling beautiful and confident. She aspired to attend fashion or cosmetology school; however, her path changed when she decided to attend Alabama State University. After graduating from college and receiving numerous accolades in her professional career, Larnetta’s passion for making women feel beautiful was still persistent. At 28, she silenced her fears and enrolled in cosmetology school where her natural talents and innate ability to move ahead of trends propelled her to the top of her class. A master of her craft, Larnetta travels extensively around the country to study the latest techniques and hair trends.
A true style chameleon, Larnetta embraces change and evolution. She “gets an exhilarating rush” from transforming her clients into confident and fearless beauties. At THE DIVA LOUNGE, Larnetta is living her dream of making women feel fabulous.
H2T: How long have you been a barber?
Donald: I picked up the clippers in 1984.
H2T: When did you first realize that you had a passion for barbering?
Donald: Around 1999.
H2T: Do you teach classes?
Donald: Actually I’m not a teacher at all.
H2T: What is one of the biggest mistakes a new barber can make?
Donald: Trying to do too much too fast. Barbering is just like everything else it takes practice.
H2T: What mistakes did you do when first starting out?
Donald: Not finishing properly and not taking good care of my equipment.
H2T: How did you correct them?
Donald: Just taking my time and learning the ins and outs of my tools.
H2T: Do you think anyone can become a barber or is it a gift that you have to be born with?
Donald: I believe your born with it. Barbering is a art. Most barbers can draw pretty good?
H2T: Where are you located?
Donald: Paulsboro, New Jersey
H2T: If you can give one barber tip to an up and coming barber, what would it be?
Donald: Practice. Be a student to the game. Stay Humble
H2T: How can people find you on social media?
Donald: IG @wizzydadabarber, SnapChat wizztdabarber
H2T: Where can people expect to see you next?
Donald: Me and my barber brothers will be at Bronner Bros. in Atlanta promoting our company Dope Hair Care.
Hed2Toe: How long have you been a nail technician?
KaSundra: I’ve been doing this for 20 years.
Head2Toe: When did you first realize that you had a passion for nail art?
KaSundra: I have an overall passion for nails. I primarily care for the health of the nails versus the nail art. But I do from time to time get some of my clients who are interested in nail art. So I would say my interest grew more when I started doing photo shoots and production/set work.
Head2Toe: Do you teach classes?
KaSundra: Currently at the moment I’m not teaching classes. Honestly I have had people to ask me about teaching. So that is something that I am going to consider for 2017 on natural nail care.
Head2Toe: What is one of the biggest mistakes a new nail tech can make?
KaSundra: One of the biggest mistakes a new nail tech can make, would be not having patience. In this business you have to have patience to grow your clients. You have to be somewhere to grow your business before stepping out there on your own.
Head2Toe: What mistakes did you make when first starting out?
KaSundra: For me one of my mistakes was not having patience. It takes time to have a plan and a marketing plan to getting new clients.
Head2Toe: How did you correct them?
KaSundra: I just learned how to slow down and to have patience and to be in one place and be stationary to show my presence.
Head2Toe: Do you think anyone can become a nail technician or is it a gift that you have to be born with?
KaSundra: Yes I think anyone can do nails, but the passion is what keeps you going. You have to have a spirit of serving and a lot of patience. Not only for yourself, but for the clients that you deal with. You have to have the drive to push forward.
Head2Toe: Do you see a lot of people who have contracted a nail fungus?
KaSundra: I do have a few clients that have a fungus, I will first refer them to go see a dermatologist or podiatrist first. But it is something that is very important when finding a nail salon. It’s about sanitation and building a relationship with your nail technician.
Head2Toe: How can people avoid contracting a nail fungus?
KaSundra: People can avoid a nail fungus by being aware. Ask questions, do your research in regards to what you’re really looking for. And find someone that you can really communicate with in regards to what your needs are.
Head2Toe: Where are you located?
KaSundra: In Buckhead
Nail Spa Haven
173 West Wieuca Rd NE, Suite 106 Atlanta Ga 30342
Head2Toe: What is the best way to book with you?
KaSundra: Look me up under @nailspahaven on social media. By Appointment only.
Head2Toe: If you can give one up and coming nail technician a tip, what would it be?
KaSundra: To have patience with yourself, to take classes, to always keep in the know what’s going on in the industry as well as with your state board and what your clients needs are.
Head2Toe: Where can people expect to see you next?
KaSundra: Not for sure on where people will find me next, sometimes I’m all over the place have I’ve had some Publications this year. So we’ll have to see what happens for next year.
Shakita Y. Byrd
God, Family and then Hair is the key to her success and longevity in the beauty industry.
Mother of four, wife, salon owner and hairstylist has been the lyrics to her song for the past eighteen years. Shakita started her career at Beauty College America, where she graduated at the top of her class and then breezed through her state board examination in 1998. After receiving her license Shakita went to work in a salon for a year and a half until she realized that becoming a salon owner was her ultimate goal. With the help of her wonderful parents Shakita and her brother went on to open up a beauty and barber salon in Decatur, Ga in December 1998 where she has been a hairstylist/salon owner ever since. Shakita takes pride in operating a clean, professional, warm and inviting salon atmosphere for her hairstylist and most of all for her customers. Shakita is Head2Toe Magazine’s new featured hairstylist.
David is a 26 year old professional hairstylist from Indiana/Chicago who found his passion in hair styling in the eighth grade. He attended cosmetology school in Daytona Beach, Florida and from there it has been an uphill journey. David is the winner of the SHBR Midwest finest stylist award as well as the 2014 Hair Illusions 5K first place winner. David specializes in sew-in extensions, signature cuts and color. Hair styling is his passion and it is shown through his work. David desires to one day own his own cosmetology school to teach his skills to the future hairstylist of the world. If you follow David on social media you will see some of the most beautiful hairstyles in the industry and he is someone to look out for in the near future. His talent and love for God has already guaranteed his place at the top in the beauty industry. David is Head2Toe Magazine’s new feature hairstylist. A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the the great…Proverbs 18:16
Janarius “J-Roc Da Barber” Harris
J-Roc Da Barber is a 9x Barber Battle Champion. He is originally from Belzoni, Ms but now resides in Houston, Tx. He is a licensed Master Barber with over 20 years of Experience. After years in the U.S. Navy he decided to attend Barber School to follow his passion. He got his start battling in Barber Battles while in Barber School.
After graduation he began battling professionally in battles threw out the south. As the wins started to pile up he started getting recognized as one of the top Barbers in the Industry which got him onto the Tv Show Cedric’s Barber Battle on the CW Network. Now J-Roc travels the Country judging Barber Battles and Educating other Barbers. He does educational classes at Hair Shows and was selected to be an Educator for Bronner Brothers 2016.
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She attended Paul Mitchell The School Atlanta where she built a strong foundation and learned to appreciate the art of hair. After graduating she has collaborated with talented photographers and other artist on a variety of projects. Her mission now is to simply bring out the beauty in you!
“The greatest talent is meaningless without one other vital component- passion”
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Keisa Stewart-Rucker has been a hairstylist/Makeup artist for 15 years and her passion for making women look and feel beautiful is amazing. Early in life she knew that she would eventually become a cosmetologist, although she went off to college on a full track scholarship at Mississippi Valley State she still ended up cutting and styling hair in her dorm room. After deciding to leave school she went on to enroll at Bishop State Community College in the cosmetology program where she became the star student. After graduation she worked in several different salons before deciding to open her own salon in 2006. In 2010 she decided that she needed a better way to market her salon and she decided to attend college online to pursue a Bachelors degree in Marketing. Keisa fought through long salon hours while studying to obtain her degree and she succeeded in 2013. Not long after opening her salon she became a product educator for NouriTress Hair Products based out of Atlanta, Georgia and she began working all of the big beauty trade shows such as Bronner Brothers International Trade show which is held in Atlanta, Georgia twice a year. After traveling back and forth from Mobile, Alabama to Atlanta she decided to close her salon down for good and moved to Atlanta in 2013 to work for NouriTress full time. At NouriTress she held down several job roles in the office as well as outside of the office. One of the main roles was the Social Media Manager for the company where she maintained the Facebook, Twitter and WordPress blog. After leaving NouriTress because of a pay dispute she decided to start a home hair care service where she travels to her clients homes to service them. “I love the one on one time with my clients, because it’s all about them and plus I understand how hard it is to find enough time in the day to get what you need done, especially when you’re a working woman. My clients can get serviced while cooking dinner or catching up on work and I love that.” Keisa is also the publisher of Head2Toe Magazine, the founder of The Sew In Caddy and recently she has started consulting small business owners with social media marketing to help them with there presence on social media. “I feel like those days of me staying in the salon for hours are over, my duty now is to help other up and coming hairstylist become successful.”
Ted Gibson is one of the most sought-after editorial, runway, and celebrity hair stylists in the business. His work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Harper’sBazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, People StyleWatch, W, and Allure and backstage at runway shows such as Chanel, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana. He is also a huge influence and presence at both Fall and Spring New York Fashion Week styling some of the top American fashion designer labels including Pamella Roland, Carmen Marc Valvo and Lela Rose. Ted is perhaps most known for toiling over the tresses of top celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Debra Messing, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Greene, Lupita Nyong’o, Gabrielle Union and many more.
Considering his background, it’s not surprising that Ted’s incredibly successful Flatiron salon is frequented by models, actresses, fashion and beauty insiders and influential women who love its modern vibe and its discreet, down-to-earth flavor of chic. Ted was also the resident hair guru on TLC’s “What Not to Wear” and was responsible for the participants life-changing makeovers.
On top of all this, his luxurious product line offers unique, innovative products that have developed a loyal following, as well as being honored with industry accolades and awards. His products, including shampoos, conditioners, and styling products were an immediate success and sold out within hours on QVC. The Ted Gibson Hair Sheets have become a cult product and beauty closet staple amongst celebrities, editors, and salon clients all over the world. Read More: http://www.tedgibsonbeauty.com/abouttedgibson.php
Sonya has had a great interest and love for the hair and beauty industry since an early age. After graduating from Empire Beauty school, Sonya began her training and career as a precision cutting specialist at Toni & Guy Salons. While working in full service salons, Sonya found that her niche was hair styling. Today, she is busy doing extensions, making hair units, and working as a hair stylist for weddings, the working woman, and the busy stay at home mom’s. In addition, Sonya continues to work countless fashion shows, which allows her to keep up with the latest fashion and hair trends.
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There is a relatively small segment of leaders in the business world; individuals who seem able to build relationships, trust, and rapport with almost anyone, and then are able to broker the relationships and make connections between people, creating partnerships and alliances, and motivating forward momentum to get things done.
Brenda Rich is one of those people, and ‘getting things done’ and creating profitable projects through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships—as the Creator & Executive Producer of the 1st Annual Youngstown Kids Hair & Fashion Show. With an enthusiastic and genuinely professional attitude, Brenda radiates a sincere passion for delivering creative productions that add value and benefits to her audience.
Prior to starting the 1st Annual Youngstown Kids Hair & Fashion Show she created her own reality T.V show called Single Mothers of Atlanta reality show concept, the 33-year-old single mother of four and estranged wife, began her career as a celebrity hair stylist specializing in “Hair Loss Prevention”. Wanting to expand on her creative talents, Brenda focused on building the next phase of her career. She decided to pursue her dreams and create a reality show that provides quality entertainment based on her own life experiences as a single mother. This reality show promises to make an impact on more people by showing them the ‘Real’ challenges many single parents face while raising children.
Based on her life experiences of now raising her children alone, she feels there is a story that needs to be told and someone needs to stand in the gap for our youth. Brenda wants to share with the world some of her innovative ideas on bringing the community together through events, education and business.
The 1st Annual Youngstown Kids Hair & Fashion Show, focus on children of all race and age to give every child something great to look forward to. This event will instill values in children, create a memory they will never forget and will bring the community together.
Upon completing Single Mothers of Atlanta first project, throughout it all, Brenda has repeatedly proved her ability to lead through diverse and challenging situations in her personal life. As Creator of Single Mothers of Atlanta, she is an excellent agent of change and has a list of accomplishments as an entrepreneur that includes the turnaround of chaotic businesses, starting a Business on “Zero” budget and building a solid reputation for spearheading growth and long-term value. This is what makes the 1st Annual Youngstown Kids Hair & Fashion Show project the show to NOT miss.
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Jasmine Collins Razor Chic
Changing the game and setting trends along the way, Jasmine Collins is a master stylist in the hair and image consulting industry. She has been styling hair for over 23 years, expanding her personal brand further operating her own salon, and facilitating classes for up and coming stylist.
Jasmine Collins is an Award winning Master stylist. She has earned accolades from many competitions to include: Milky Way, Outre, and Bronner Brothers Hair Battle Competition. She has established a successful career generating a full head-to-toe look for anyone who dares to look their best. Jasmine demonstrates her artistry upon every client, utilizing innovative styling techniques that give you a complete look to make people stare. This cutting edge talent has rightfully earned her the nickname “RaZor Chic” in Atlanta.
Tonya Rawls better known as “HOLLY WOOD” is a Little Rock-based hairpreneur with national reach, specializing in life like hair extensions, instructional DVDs, wig manufacturing and celebrity brand consulting.
As one of the top-producing stylists in the state, Holly Wood is an innovative perfectionist taking her techniques, flare, and attention to detail to push the boundaries of the hair care industry. “Everything isn’t for everybody. Your stylist should be honest and style you to what fits your face, your frame and your lifestyle. I want to be more than just your ordinary stylist.” Rawls states.
The former model and master of advanced styling techniques balances a busy career with motherhood and advocating for positive change within her community. Never far from her love of creating and perfecting her craft, Hollywood provides her loyal client base and growing consultancy with a personal and patient approach. “I always have fun with my clients. They always say ‘You’re so down to Earth.’ “I believe my success will never make me snobbish or change who I am,” says Rawls, who in recent years has expanded her business as a brand endorser and celebrity host.
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Over the course of more then decade, Tone McGill has quickly built a reputation in the hair care industry for being more than just a barber stylist. He is also a revered educator and entrepreneur with a passion for self-development. This Philadelphia native has solidified his name as one of the most sought after celebrity barber stylist in the country. Tone’s passion for performance and dedication to excellence has not gone un-noticed. His expertise is frequently sought out by stylist powerhouses, such as Andis and cosmetology schools across the globe, making him one of the industry’s most in-demand educators. Through ingenious marketing and self branding, Tone has created a stylist enterprise. Besides creating an array of self-help products, he is the founding principal of “The Ultimate Barber Lounge“, The founder of the “Blaque Technique” and is the co-founder of “Clipper Education“, an international hair care education firm.
Calondra “CC” Parker AKA “The Haircut Queen”
Calondra Parker hails from deep down south in Mobile, Al, but she brings a different type of swag to the Gulf Coast. She is a license hairstylist and makeup Artist and now she can add haircut educator to her list of talents. Calondra says: “I HAVE BEEN CREATING WORKS OF ART FOR ABOUT 16 YRS…..IM VERY OUTGOING, OUTSPOKEN, STRAIGHT2THE POINT TYPE OF INDIVIDUAL. WHAT U SEE IS WHAT U GET;)..NO REPRESENTATIVE!!!!! I ENJOY EVERY ASPECT OF MY CAREER!!!!I LIVE AND BREATH THE ART OF BEAUTY AND FASHION” Her Style says it all, and she brings out the inner fierceness of her clients. Having a bold personality is a plus in the beauty industry because it pushes other women to own their inner beauty and let it show on the outside. The “Haircut Queen” is now traveling and teaching other hairstylist her hair cutting techniques which is a great way to give back to the industry. Stay tuned because we are pretty sure that we will be hearing a lot more from this talented young lady. You can find her on Instagram @hairdivacc and on Facebook Calondra Parker.
Calondra Parker (251)648-2341 email@example.com
Jimmy Dale Crawford A.K.A. J.D./JDEEZY. I graduated from Pass Christian High School in 1992. I Attended Mississippi Valley State University on a football scholarship. After three years in college, I decided to go to the army and serve my country. Shortly after entering the military, I suffered from an extremely bad knee injury that resulted in five knee surgeries over the course of six years in the United States Army. In 2001, I was medically discharged from the military with an honorable discharge. Once exiting the military I received my Master Barber Licence. I worked in Waco Texas for a spell at Heads Up Barber Shop with Sammie Anderson. Not to long after, I decided to returned to my home town of Pass Christian Mississippi. There is were I started my business, “Cutt’en Up” barber and Beauty shop. For two lovely years the Mississippi Golden Gulf Coast showed major support to my Barber business. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, my home and business was destroyed. The decision was made to relocate to Nashville Tennessee! Since I’ve been in Nashville, I have had the greatest opportunity to be a barber to a quite a few Tennessee Titan players. My goal is to continue to be a positive influence to my community and surrounding cities.
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Hailing from the Hustler’s capital, Detroit, Michigan, Ming Lee, hairstylist turned entrepreneur, has always had her eyes on the prize. Her father instilled principles of strategic execution in her as a child. Her grandmother, whom she affectionately calls GiGi, raised her to be an independent woman accustomed to the good life. Her unique upbringing led to her becoming an online phenomenon and trail blazer for those to follow.
Never one to shy away from the finer things in life, at an early age Ming was pegged a ‘snob.’ She has always been very particularly about certain elements of her lifestyle including the way her food is prepared, living arrangements, and most importantly, her hair.
Becoming a hairstylist was completely accidental. Ming Lee earned a scholarship to attend the Aveda Beauty Institute at 21 and was licensed by 22. Finding a salon to allow her to take clients was troublesome but by 2013 she’d open her own salon, SnobLife Studio. The salon opened its doors in July of 2013 and has since become an Atlanta landmark for tourists. http://www.snoblife.com/