Stylist Feature – Audri Howard

Stylist Feature - Audri Howard

Introduce yourself and which salon if any you work at…

Hello World,  My name is Audri Howard. I am a Hair Stylist/Hair Colorist; Make up Artist at Artistic Skillz Hair Salon 1547 E. 82nd St. Chicago IL 60619

Stylist photo - Audri Howard

Stylist photo – Audri Howard

How long have you worked as a licensed cosmetologist (or equivalent in your country) and where did you study?

Licensed since 2000, Harry S. Truman Cosmetology School…

What is your specialty, relaxed, natural hair, locs or anything special?

My specialties are caring for ones natural hair or relaxed hair, I promote healthy hair, I use great products. I am known for my beautiful haircuts, long to very short and everything in between.

I absolutely love hair color, all over, highlights or color corrections. Another one of my specialties is pressing out natural hair to absolutely beautiful bounce and shine!

On the other spectrum is my love for make up and beautiful brows…it’s the perfect compliment to a woman’s beautiful hairstyle and overall look!  Lastly barbering/shaving my male clients is how I actually started out over 15 years ago. They love me and I love making them feel like refreshed gentlemen.

What in your opinion is the most rewarding thing about working as a hair stylist?

My relationships with my clients that I’ve built over the years is irreplaceable. The joy I get from taking a head if hair that’s been over worked or totally ignored and making it come alive! Finally I love the sparkle in the clients eyes….the pep in their step when they are out of the chair.

When you meet that customer that has not had a great experience with a previous stylist, how do you make them comfortable while in your chair?

Thorough consultation. How are they feeling? What brings them in? A special occasion soon? How often will she able to return? I listen to their ideas and offer my professional opinion on where we should go with her look. The products I use are first rate and I offer at home use suggestions. Our conversation is genuine and can range from personal to current events. I’m grateful and thankful for their business and I’m always professional.

If you could change one thing about the cosmetology industry what would that be?

The price of classes, is too expensive in my opinion. I would make things more affordable for continuing education. Promote less weave and go back to our own hair with weaves for special occasions or vacations.

In the black community to have all our prices based fairly and pretty much the same so that those of us who know our work is worth the $$$ amount we ask without people thinking it’s too expensive. Our products costs, our rental cost, our tàlent, knowledge and skills cost all come together to create a fair price for our work.

Where do you see yourself a few years from now, what are your goals as a stylist?

I would like to become an instructor. I would also like to find consistent work at fashion shows or platform work and TV as a behind the scenes artist. At the salon I’d like to continue growing learning daily with continuing education and seeing my clientele grow tremendously and them being happy and satisfied with their hair and overall look.

How do you stay motivated and on top of your game?

Reading, studying how to achieve various cuts and color. Whats hot? What is vintage as well because I love a vintage look! My passion for this industry is just always high! I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the future.

Here is a chance to sell you ‘the stylist’ and your business, tell us why we should utilize your services?
I’m one of the best at what I do. I don’t do everything but what I specialize in…I’m meticulous at it. Our salon is comfortable, chic and clean. I am a true professional at my job.

Where can we find you and how can we contact you for an appointment?

Artistic Skillz Hair Salon 1547 E. 82nd St. Chicag IL 60619 (773)552-7251 they can view my work for now on Facebook search Audri Howard. Business site coming soon.

Originally posted 2014-02-26 20:00:24.


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  1. Augustine Levelz Alfred
    Augustine Levelz Alfred

    Black hair you all talking about. Started good now showing us some straightened hair with those harmful chemicals. I do nov rate that!

    1. Jamillah Davis
      Jamillah Davis

      The page is called “Black Hair Information”, not “Natural Hair Information”, which is why they show all different types of styles, lengths and textures. there are several FB pages devoted only to natural hairstyles, maybe that’s what you’re more interested in?

  2. Kenyatta DuBose
    Kenyatta DuBose

    I miss my Lil relaxerrr.. sometimes lol.. I used to wear it like the last pic.. couldn’t tell me nothing

  3. Joy L. Mosley
    Joy L. Mosley

    Just relaxed and cut my hair after being natural for 5 yrs. Love the natural, I represented to the fullest but I’m also loving my short cut. I wanted to change my hair and I’m so glad I did.

  4. Taneesha Renee
    Taneesha Renee

    This made me wanna go back to creamy crack for a min…… Beautiful!!!……ok im over it now Shai Pruitt

  5. Michelle Williams
    Michelle Williams

    If You People Are Happy With Natural..Why Are You Always Screaming Negatively About The Relaxed Look…To Each Is Own..Everyone Can’t Rock Natural..Respect That..Its Called Diversity..

    1. Stacey Flournoy
      Stacey Flournoy

      Everyone can’t rock the hair God gave them? The hair they were born with? Other than that silly statement I agree w/ what u said.

    2. Pernell Walker-whitfield
      Pernell Walker-whitfield


  6. Shawna Steed
    Shawna Steed

    Not that it matters, but how do you know they all have relaxers? My hair is just as straight as the first pic when I get it straightened.

  7. Lynnesa Lovettbey
    Lynnesa Lovettbey


  8. Audri Howard
    Audri Howard

    I’m just a plane ride away Keya Blasingame….if you ever have a need… Just reach out!

  9. Kennyetta Louis
    Kennyetta Louis

    Peachy Childs, the bottom two!!!!! Top left is too long, you won’t make it, top right is too short, too close to a fade so you might actually do it lol

  10. Audri Howard
    Audri Howard

    Lol… No none are wigs…Patricia Maddox Chatman. Actually I do make wigs, but that’s something totally aside from my daily work. I promote enjoying your natural God given hair.. Whether relaxed or All Natural. As I stated earlier in my comment , 80% of my clients are without a relaxer. Numbers 1 & 3 have no relaxer…. I specialize in healthy hair , blowing out natural hair and pressing, precision haircuts, hair color and color corrections. I also do eyebrows, make up and Barbering. If you are ever in Chicago .. Or desire a Mobile Stylist (yes I am available for travel), let’s chat & book an appointment.

  11. Tia Brown
    Tia Brown

    Audri Howard the two that are natural how often they get their hair done to look straight and not frizzy

  12. Audri Howard
    Audri Howard

    It stays pretty well especially Cool months… Usually until they return … It varies with every client…some come every week, every two weeks, or when they can. Tia Brown

  13. Audri Howard
    Audri Howard

    Shawnee Cherokee .. Lots!!! Roller sets, flat iron or barrel curls, braid or twist outs then let it loose.. Get some long layers put in…Lots!!! Of choices

  14. Audri Howard
    Audri Howard

    Ladies I really again appreciate all the total love!! You can see all the styles on my page.. I usually take before and afters .. As well as try to give 3 -4 views. Much Love! Book your appointment today!

  15. Audri Howard
    Audri Howard

    Achimugu Godrice.. Eating lots of foods like avocado, yellow peppers, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, taking Biotin the vitamin daily… And Hair Nail & Skin Vitamin, but Diet is key! Lots of Water w/ lemon.. Hydration to hair, skin and nails.. I usually post different things weekly that are educational and informative regarding health and beauty along with pictures of my work. So follow me…

  16. Audri Howard
    Audri Howard

    I also would like to say that although I am a black stylist, and this is Black Hair Information, however, I service All Hair Types, All Ethnicities, All Races. I love to do hair! Course, Curly, Straight, Thin, Thick, VeryShort -Super Long! It’s unfortunate but lots of Chicago is so segregated, leaving people to live and socialize and shop mainly within their economic status or racial background. I forgot to say that in my introduction, and just wanted all customer’s… Whether Black American, Asian, European, Indian, Hispanic, African, West Indies, White American, Men Children or Women …HAIR is HAIR !!!!!!! And I’m a Stylist who welcomes EVERYONE!! I do eyebrows, makeup, and lash application for special occasions or just a day/night on the town. I also will come to you!!! Yes I’m MoBILE!

  17. Michelle Pulliam
    Michelle Pulliam

    that hair looks so healthy and well taken care of…thats what matters. natural or relaxed…if the hair stylist is good they can care for it all and she can…..and the color…..everything…..

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