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Featured Stylist: April B. (Atlanta)

19 Jul

April writes:

My name is April B. I’m a loctician and natural hair artist. I’m currently working in Atlanta’s  premier luxury salon The Glambar.   I attended the Virginia School of Hair Design and graduated ahead of my class.  I learned valuable information & training there.  During my school years I realized that society implies that we should have chemically processed hair in order to have a certain look or appeal to the masses.  It implies that if “our” hair is straight then we’ll have a better chance of succeeding or getting a promoted within the workplace. I began to get tired of living within those standards.  So I then began to look deep into my soul and realized what makes me; me. I developed a love for natural hair when I became a mother.  Starting when my oldest daughter was just 2 months old, I began to braid her hair.  She had so much of it and I didn’t want it to just sit on the top of her hair.  As she grew, her hair grew, as it grew my skills grew.  That is how I developed my braiding skills and became a braider.

Then I came to the conclusion that I needed a transition in my life, so I decided to cut all of my hair off from shoulder length to nothing almost and began to loc my hair.  From then on it was my mission to keep the world “kinky” as possible “fresh from the roots”.

My goal is to educate every client on the proper up keep of their hair.  Many say that I have a GROWING HAND and it shows.  I love to give consultations to find out more about my client and what their needs are.  Too often one will go to a stylist wanting a particular service not necessarily knowing whether that service is healthy for their hair. I’ve seen too many stylists who do whatever to the patrons head without educating the client.  They’re more concerned about their wallets rather the health of the client. NOT ME!!! If I know that a particular style or process is unhealhthy, I will not do it.  Simply because I know the long term effects that they are unsafe hair practices. I will offer you a suitable solution and options for you to achieve the styling that you want. Something that will compliment your facial features  as well as what will coincide with your personality; making you feel better about you!

Learn more about April B. on her website. See it HERE .

Meet Khane Kutzwell

7 Jul

For all of you who are bored with your hairstyle and would like something more adventurous, meet Khane Kutzwell.  I saw some of Khane’s haircut photos on Facebook, and I was so impressed.  I love when people take their natural hairstyles and make them more creative.  Khane helps to create these innovative looks.

A little background on Khane:

I’ve been a barber for three years in November of this year. I’m still considered a “baby” in the barber world, but the older kats respect my style and that makes me feel great. I’ve been doing designs for the same amount of time that I’ve been barbering. My style continues to grow and develop. I can definitely see a difference from when I first started.

I get my inspiration for designs from the person I’m kutting. If they don’t have an idea of what they want I usually just go by what their aura is telling me. As for my inspiration to kut hair…it started with being distraught about the stories I heard from my friends about their experiences in barbershops. Most of my friends, as well as myself, are queer and represent all sorts of gender expressions and when they go to barber shops they are questioned about their choice of hairkut. The barber does what he feels they should have. They have to deal with disrespectful comments directed at them and usually have to endure hearing anti-gay conversations. So I wanted to create a space where a person can come get a kut and not worry about any of those things and have the classic barber shop experience with a queer twist lol.

Most of my hairkut pics are on FaceBook (Khane Kutzwell). I’m currently working on a web site (ShugaKhane.com). If anyone wants to make an appointment they can call 888.KHANE.79 (888.54263.79). I share a space with a friend of mine who is a tattoo artist (Brandy Scott-who can also be found on FaceBook) Tuff Gurl Tattoo Studio: 255 Malcolm X blvd between Macon and Halsey streets. Right now I work by appointments.

My favorite part of being a barber is seeing the look on people’s faces when the kut is done. The transformations are incredible! A good hairkut can totally change how a person feels about themselves, and I love being responsible for something like that. I also love when the shop is full of a group of folks and we’re having a great time talking about whatever we feel like without worrying about being judged. Brandy and I have actually enlightened most of the straight folks that come in the shop for a tattoo or hairkut. We are open and free and unashamed, and they know they can’t come in the shop with even a bit of a disrespectful tone lol

Khane leaves us with a few haircare tips:

Wash your hair with a shampoo that stimulates your scalp, and keep it moisturized with a light hair grease or conditioner. Drinking lots of water and keeping your scalp clean helps to keep your face clear.

Natural Stylist/Salon in…Virginia

25 Jun

 

Demetria is a stylist at Naturally Yours in Virginia.  They also have another salon called Naturally Yours at Jazz.  Check the photo above for the exact addresses or visit their website: http://www.gonaturallyyours.com/. I have not personally used her services, but I am including some photos of her work so that you can see what you think.

 

You can also check them out on Facebook:

Demetria’s Locs & Natural

Naturally Yours

If you are a natural hair stylist/ salon owner and would like to be featured, please send an email to naturalbyl@gmail.com.  Include name, location, and some photos.