Fall Into Natural: a natural hair brunch affair is just around the corner! Last week we met Dr. Kari Williams, our featured presenter, and today I wanted to introduce you to our expert stylists who will be doing live styling demonstrations at the event! Both of them are extremely talented artists and I’m thrilled that they’re going to be a part of this event because they bring unparalled expertise in both loose AND loc’ed natural hair!!
Read on to read about these fantastic stylists AND learn about a super special, beautiful, HUETIFUL giveaway just for Fall Into Natural attendees!
In 1998 Sumayyah Abdul-Haqq was introduced to the world of natural hair after being hired as an assistant to a well known Atlanta natural stylist. She immediately took to the craft and soon discovered her passion. 14 and a half years later she still has that passion for caring for natural hair specializing in all types of natural hairstyling ranging from loc maintenance, loc styling, twists styles to transitional styles. Sumayyah started out in Atlanta, Ga where natural hair is booming but wanted to offer her services to a place where there was a greater need for her talents, so she moved to the Bay Area in the Summer of 2010 and is well on her way with a growing clientele who she services out her home. She hopes to open a natural hair salon of her own in the near future.
Examples of Sumayyah’s Work:
“I went natural in 2006. It was something I wanted to do for a while but didn’t really have the “know how”. I did a lot of research and I stepped out of my comfort zone. I became intrigued with the subtleties of hair. The way hair grows and takes on different textures and patterns. The experience was very liberating for me.
I decided to loc my hair in 2008. It was difficult at first, I went from stylist to stylist but no one had the technique or the products that met my hair needs. I finally found a salon in my hometown Chicago that suited me, and were able to answer any questions I had.
The technique, and the products left my hair shiny, healthy, and fragrant. But it was the personal attention that really made them stand out.
My own personal journey inspired me to take the courses given by the salon owner to become a certified loctician. I did not only learn about how to maintain locs. I also learned the nuances of hair texture and growth, how to repair natural hair, and how the fusion of different herbs and oils can restore the hair’s natural balance.
Caring for natural hair – as cliché as it sounds – just seems to come natural to me. Being a natural hair specialist has been both rich and rewarding to me because I am able to connect with people, and impart my experiences and knowledge to them while doing something I love.
About two years ago, I moved out to the Bay Area. I immediately fell in love with Oakland. It’s rich culture and the spiritual energy of it’s citizens captured my heart. When I found the proud and educated community of women with natural hair, I knew I was home. I was both touched and honored at how lovingly I was accepted. Now that I am here, my mission is to make sure anyone who wants to wear locs, can wear them proudly and wear them with style!”
Examples of Gracie’s Work:
Aren’t they uber talented!?! I’m super excited to see what these ladies come up with Strawllers and EDEN Bodyworks at the event! I can’t wait to learn from them!
Be sure to buy your tickets to the event! If you buy your ticket by Saturday September 22nd, you’ll be entered to win a HUETIFUL HAIR STEAMER ($130 value!), the ultimate natural hair hydrator!