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2014 Atlanta Natural Hair Stylist of the Year

Atlanta we want to hear from you. Who should we crown Atlanta’s 2014 Natural Hair Stylist of the Year? 

The 2014 candidates are listed below with pictures of their work. 


A'Kiyia Kelly

A'Kiyia Kelly is the creator of A'Kiyia's Natural Twist & Hair Braiding.  A'Kiyia researched hair loss around the Hairline and Temple area for her own use. Now she using what she learned to serve her clients. She really focuses on the Temple and Hairline areas to ensure no breakage.

Gynesis Losa

Gynesis Losa Buissereth is a Master Cosmetologist known in Atlanta, GA and South Florida as “The Queen of Tree Braids”.  Her sought after brand of Tree Braids is known as "Gbraids".  Gynesis known for her patience, professionalism and creativity and has built a reputation for advising clients about styles based on hair texture and face structure while maintaining a focus on hair growth.

Curley McKenzie

Curley Mckenzie is Owner of Natural Hair Rocks Salon.  Natural Hair Rocks Salon offers chemical free alternatives and healthy hair solutions to women of color.

Roselee Mathu

Roselee Mathu is the owner and CEO of Roselee’s Natural Hair Care Salon.  She is a Certified Trainer, Consultant and Mentor for Sisterlocks™, a trademarked natural hair care system for tightly textured hair.  A 14 year veteran of the chemical manufacturing industry, Roselee believes that science and creativity play a critical role in the health and acceptance of natural hair.

Ayo-Keisha Smith

Ayo-Keisha Smith is a Master Cosmetologist and Natural Hair Care Specialist with over 20 years of experience. She is the author of Natural Hair Quest-The Book and star of Natural Hair Quest-The Show. She is also Owner and Lead Stylist of Natural Hair Quest-The Salon in Atlanta, Georgia.  Natural Hair Quest-The Salon is always trending on the cutting edge of innovative trends in the natural hair care arena.   In addition to her Natural Hair Quest brands, Ayo-Keisha Smith serves as an Educator and Platform Artist for the Taliah Waajid Styling Team, the World Natural Hair Show and Atlanta Natural Hair Care Professional.

Vernice Samuels

Salon Owner and Loctician Vernice Samuels is from Baltimore, MD.  She earned her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Atlanta Metropolitan College and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing from Georgia State University.  She has over 10 years of experience with cultivated locs of all textures and is constantly advancing her skills through practice and professional workshops and classes.

Taura Taylor

Taura Taylor is the owner and single operator of The Nappy Parlor.  She has been a natural hair stylist for over 18 years. She has facilitated several hair care discussions and has provided education to hair professionals via classes and salon training in the academic arena and abroad.  She continuously aspires to increase her knowledge of natural hair, wellness and homeopathy. Furthermore, she is dedicated to assuring that a visit to The Nappy Parlor is a beautiful experience, replete with attention to the client’s hair, heart and mind.

Nandi Gilkey

She has been professionally styling natural and locked hair for over 15 years.  In 2004, Sistah Nandi discovered, designed, and patented a hair styling tool “Wrap-A-Loc out of a need for versatility and flexibility in styling options for her natural and locked hair.

Key Glover

Key Glover is the founder and CEO of KeyEssentials Hair. KeyEssentials is focused on both the inside: healthy body, soul and spirit; and the outside: natural hair, fashion and beauty.  A representative of an emerging desire for natural health and wellness, Key encourages others to create harmony from the inside out with every aspect of their lives by considering their own personal taste and style.

Wanda Washington

WandaWashington has been in the Natural Hair Care Industry for over 10 years.  She is Owner/Operator of Natural Beauty Boutique.  She specializes in Sisterlocks™, natural hair  styling, and coloring.  Wanda is also a Certified Training Associate (CTA) for the Sisterlocks™.  Wanda is also BASiC certified.

Bella Roberts

Growing up in Nigeria, Bella has been doing hair for as long as she can remember. Her creativity is her trademark. Bella is a Certified Sisterlocks consultant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Although she specializes in Sisterlocks, Loc'dandFree Natural Hair Salon encompasses braids, extensions, locks and natural hair styling.  She believes that the foundation of a complete look is great hair.

Belinda Baker

Belinda Baker is the CEO of her self-named consulting company and Salon BKB hair and beauty studio located in Decatur, GA. Through her more than two decades as a celebrity stylist and global consulting educator, she has perfected her trademark of beauty and education of multicultural hair textures by training over 10,000 stylist, consumers and salon owners both domestically and internationally.

Lesa Hollingsworth

Lesa Hollingsworth is the creator of Pro Cosmo Box, a subscription box that introduces cosmetologists to a variety professional beauty products. Lesa's #1 goal as a hair stylist is healthy hair. She exemplifies her professionalism with her knowledge and use of professional products to create client's desired look.

Kamona Roberson

Kamona Roberson is Owner of ROCKAFRO Natural Hair Designs.  She has 25 years of experience in natural hair as a stylist and hair consultant.  Kamona also has 15 years of experience as a life coach.  Kamona encourages her clients to love their natural beauty and to embrace their inner goddess from within.

Talina Radford of Talina Christine Hair

Talina Christine Hair offers their diverse clientele a variety of services, within a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Talina Christine is dedicated to providing service that allows hair to grow strong and healthy while educating clients about how to maintain their healthy hair at home.

Monique Deering

Monique Deering is Founder of Unique Creations Hair Studios (UCHS). UCHS prides itself in always providing healthy hair care no matter what stylists you book with! UCHS provides healthy hair treatments and services to their clients including hydration moisture treatments, detox exfoliation treatments, chemical free keratin treatments, healthy hair weaves and hair restoration treatments. UCHS's store provides 100% virgin premium human hair, home care retail products and their own signature brand products “Bean Stalk” hair growth serum & Unique Creations Hair Studios' NEW Vitamins.

Renee Hall

Renee Hall has over 20 years of experience in hair care.  She began her career as a teenager working with master hair braider, Tulani Kinard. Her first salon, Mo' Better Braids, had a clientele based on word of mouth only and was open for 10 years.  In 2004, Renee opened Essentials Beauty and Barber Day Spa in Maryland.  2010 Renee traveled to South Africa doing mission work where she provided hair services to young girls in orphanages.  In 2012 Renee established her current company in Georgia, Natural Trendzetter, LLC.

Ginette Gilbert

Ginette started her career braiding in a New Jersey African braiding salon.  She later moved to Georgia and earned her Master Cosmetology License through apprenticeship.  In 2009 she opened Djea Natural Hair Spa to provide her clients with a place to receive beautiful hairstyles in a warm relaxing environment.

Voting ends January 31, 2014

Texture My Way will be providing a full set of full size products to the winner and will be a product sponsor for the winner's next event, providing products and giveaways for event attendees. THANK YOU TEXTURE MY WAY!

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