How have you used your story to make changes in your community and empower others?
I’ve used my story to help build self-esteem, self- awareness in women. To help transition women to a wealthy well-being. I’ve helped spread entrepreneurial and cultural legacy and leadership in our communities.
What does it mean to teach braiding to young women, to you (specifically how has your education provided financial freedom to women)?
Take my two girls for example. I trained them in braiding from the age of 6. By the time they were in college, they were able to provide economic resources for themselves. They set up their own business in college and were able to be economically free. I am passing down wealth so they (young women) can be self-sufficient and independent.
Why are black women struggling so much with growing their hair out?
Because African hair was enslaved in this country. It was against the law to be seen in public. Social systems and institutional slavery were adverse to African people embracing cultural hair styles.
No afros, no twists, no locs, no braids. A generational inferior seed was planted. It’s really not our fault. Lack of historical information, lack of education, and lack of cultural adornment.
How much emphasis do put on overall health Spiritually and physically for black women who want healthy hair?
Your overall health, spiritually, mentally, physically, is vital to optimal hair growth and the strength of your hair. Eating for your beauty is extremely important.
Everything is connected to the blood stream. We talk about the roots – the glands, the blood, the skin. What you put into your blood is transmitted to the skin. We need protein, amino acids, the oxygen, hydrogen, the things that make up the composition of healthy hair inside out.
Without healthy blood, there is no healthy hair, no healthy skin, no healthy life. Blood is everything, it transmits nutrients to the scalp. It saddens me, not just for our hair but for our lifestyle, we don’t know how to eat.
Tell us about the Institute of Ancestral Braiding, what is it, what will a stylist leave with after attending?
It’s a cultural institution or cultural establishment for African Identity. You don’t just get hair knowledge or information about standards of African beauty aesthetics, you come away from the class with understanding how to care for yourself, love yourself, respect your makeup and your whole being.
How to dissect the things that are good for you and how to incorporate the things that will help you understand who you are. Understanding of self, eating for your beauty, incorporating spiritual peace and inner divinity. Understanding your purpose in life.
If you could change one thing about the cosmetology industry, what would it be?
Cultural sensitivity. The freedom of cultural expression.
What are your needs, what are your opportunities, how do you plan to expand your brand?
My needs – global awareness and collective working responsibility as it relates to cultural identity. Opportunities – cultural expansion and initiatives that will help to train a generation of children and women about beauty expression and cultural appreciation. I’d like to see the Institute of Ancestral Braiding spread like wildfire all over the world!
What services do you offer at your salon, where can our readers find you and make appointments?
Eating for your Lifestyle, Scalp Treatments, Consultations to make easy transitions from chemical to natural. We welcome children; they can come interact in an environment where they can learn more about cultural aesthetics and beauty adornment.
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