I am from the Northwest (Seattle, WA), I started my career as a licensed professional 1993 in Bellevue, WA. After, I became a licensed professional after attending Bellevue Beauty School, I traveled to Colorado to work in a Liberian African Braid Shop. Because, I had a strong background in braiding, I thought it would be a good fit for me while in Denver, later, I opened my own braiding salon. Several African and African American braid artist worked together with me in this braid shop!
I have worked on many celebrities, including basketball celebs, Mikki Moore, Tari Phillips and many athletes or their wives, girlfriends and cheerleaders of several teams all over the US, my most memorable where the wives of the Mariners during the 80's and 90's. Along with many actors traveling with Alvin Ailen, and along with stage plays such as Porgy and Bess and others, the latest being Sherri Shepherd who was here in Seattle when she came to the Parlor with her comedy show.
I lobbied to create Colorado's Braid License 1998, I tried to transfer my Washington State License to Colorado, but could not, then I was told that I couldn't even braid hair without a license. I got really angry that the state simply overlooking other braid salons in operation at that time. I went and found a doctor who also was my state rep for my district in Denver. He accompanied to talk to the state board and filed documents to make the changes that would create a braid license. Colorado along with many other states in the US has decided since, that consumer protection is not that important if a braid artist is not using chemicals or pomades. We know that no one is going to braid dry hair without a product on the hair. And some of the advice that some of the braid artist give to the consumer can lead to fungus problems on the scalp. The state of Washington has informed me that when I see such problem, I am not permitted to conduct business with that person. And I have been told to send them away. Rather that asking for a braid artist license, I do think that Washington and every state should have a Sanitation License for braid artist, so that they will learn some basic practice's to stop the spread of fungus. A 16 to 32 hour online certificate I think is fare. However, I do intend to hire braid artist that will not have licensing, I will teach them myself.
I learned to braid on my own being inspired by braid artist in my community growing up in Seattle and Mrs Caroline Battles of New York; however Mrs. Velma Brooks of Dallas is who taught me braiding formally, I was allowed to work as an assistant educator along side her in the International Beauty Show, and I also assisted Rob Willis of Detroit Michigan other stylist educators as well.
In my social media accounts, I post styles that I have done, I do photo shoots as often I can with a photographer, or by taking the photo's myself with my iPhone, I encourage you to PLEASE WEAR FULL MAKEUP IF YOU WEAR MAKEUP AND BRING A NICE TOP OR WEAR ONE! I WILL BE TAKING PHOTOS AND MAKING VIDEOS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA BEFORE AND AFTER THE SERVICE, if you allow me to.
I do work in my home in a very comfortable setting in West Seattle until, I can move back into a brick and mortar location, you will be able to sit back as usual and relax while getting a shampoo rather than leaning over the sink to get a shampoo, I have all of the comforts of a salon for your convenience. I do not have people hanging out for kicks, or coming and going in my business. You are my main focus when you are here. I will provide you with transportation in some cases.
After leaving Denver in 2000, my work turned weaving, and extensions. However, I do still braid hair from time to time; however, I am more interested in educating about extremely curly 4-c hair types for parents of newly adopted African/Black children or parents of biracial children. I also feature braiding, weaving, and extension classes out on location in group settings or you may come to Seattle for a one on one class with me. If you would like to make an appointment for service's or one on one classes, in Seattle, you may book your appointment online by clicking this link "BOOK NOW" ! All group class will be out on location.
I accept these forms of payment please, Debit, Credit or gift credit card, Paypal, Cash App, Google Pay, Apple Pay, Venmo and Zelle, I DO NOT EXCEPT CASH.
Payment plans are availible.