Trailblazing Women in the Beauty Industry
Our Handpicked List of Top 10 Modern Day Trailblazers
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Did you know our salon is a black woman owned business? Our owner is dedicated to supporting women from all backgrounds in the beauty industry. She believes in empowering women to succeed and achieve their dreams, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or background. She provides hands-on training and mentorship to help women develop their skills and become successful entrepreneurs in their own right. Additionally, our salon employs a diverse team of talented stylists who share our commitment to providing exceptional service to all of our clients. Together, we are creating a supportive and inclusive environment that promotes success and empowers women to thrive in the beauty industry. Join the list of women trailblazing in the industry. You'll never unlock your true potential if you don't try!
Here's our list of Top 10 Women making a difference in the beauty industry in the present.
(List is not in any particular order)
As a New Orleans Native, naturally our owner has a few fellow natives at the top of her list
Jesseca "Darealbbjudy" Harris-Dupart
The owner of Kaleidoscope Hair
Products is Jesseca Harris-Dupart, also known as "Da Real BB Judy" is a self-made entrepreneur, social media influencer, and philanthropist. Dupart started her business in 2013, initially operating a hair studio selling hair extensions and later expanding into hair care products. Her products are designed to help people with all hair types achieve healthy, beautiful hair. Jesseca has made significant contributions to women's history through her entrepreneurial success and philanthropic efforts. As the founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products, she has created a successful business that empowers women to feel confident and beautiful. She has also used her platform to inspire and mentor other women entrepreneurs, and has shared her story of overcoming adversity to achieve success. Additionally, Dupart is a vocal advocate for women's health and wellness, and has donated to several charitable organizations that support women's health initiatives. Her commitment to giving back to her community and supporting other women is a testament to her dedication to empowering and uplifting women everywhere.
Raynell "Wuzzam Supa" Steward
Raynell Steward, also known as Supa Cent, has contributed to women's history by breaking barriers in the beauty industry as a black woman entrepreneur. She founded The Crayon Case, a makeup company that specializes in bright, bold, and colorful products and has become a huge success, generating millions of dollars in sales. Through her hard work and determination, she has become a role model for women and entrepreneurs, inspiring them to follow their dreams and pursue their passions. Additionally, Steward uses her platform to empower and uplift women, encouraging them to embrace their natural beauty and express themselves through makeup. Her contributions to the beauty industry and her advocacy for women's empowerment have made her an influential figure and an inspiration to many.
Isis Brantley has contributed to women's history by being a pioneer in the natural hair movement and a champion for hair care equality for African Americans. She has played a key role in the fight to decriminalize natural hair braiding in the State of Texas and the United States. Brantley founded the Institute of Ancestral Braiding in Dallas, Texas, which teaches traditional African hair braiding techniques to students. By promoting natural and organic hair care products and advocating for the use of traditional African hair styling techniques, Brantley has helped to empower women to embrace their natural hair texture and to take control of their own hair care. Brantley has received numerous awards and recognitions for her contributions to the natural hair movement, including being inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National African American Women's Leadership Institute. She continues to be an influential figure in the natural hair community and a role model for women who are passionate about natural hair care.
Mahisha Dellinger has made several contributions to women's history through her work as an entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. As the founder of Curls, she has been instrumental in the natural hair movement, helping to empower women to embrace their natural hair texture and to take control of their own hair care. Her success in the beauty industry has also served as an inspiration to other women entrepreneurs, particularly those from underrepresented communities. In addition to her success in the beauty industry, Dellinger is also a published author. Her book, "Against All Odds: From the Projects to the Penthouse," chronicles her journey from growing up in poverty to building a successful business. Through her philanthropic work, Dellinger has also made significant contributions to women's health and wellness. She has worked with organizations like Susan G. Komen to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, and she has also supported other causes related to women's health and wellness. Her commitment to giving back to her community and uplifting other women has made her a role model and trailblazer for women everywhere.
Jackie Aina is a Nigerian-American beauty YouTuber, influencer, and entrepreneur who has made a significant impact on the beauty industry. She is known for advocating for greater inclusivity and diversity in the beauty industry, particularly for women of color. Aina has collaborated with major beauty brands and has been recognized for her contributions to the industry, including being named in Time magazine's 2019 list of the 25 most influential people on the internet. Aina has used her platform to speak out against colorism, push for greater representation, and collaborate with brands to create more inclusive product lines. She has also been recognized for her philanthropic efforts, including her work with organizations that provide support and resources to marginalized communities. Overall, Aina has used her influence to uplift and empower women of color, making her a trailblazer and inspiration for many.
Charlotte Mensah is a British-Ghanaian hairstylist and the founder of the Charlotte Mensah Hair Lounge and the Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil products. She has contributed to women's history by breaking barriers as a woman of color in the hair industry and becoming a leader in natural hair care. In 2018, she won the coveted title of Afro Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards, becoming the first black woman to do so. She has been featured in several publications, including Vogue and The Guardian, and has worked with high-profile clients such as Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu. Mensah is also known for her commitment to sustainability and ethical practices in the beauty industry. She has also been recognized for her philanthropic work, including the establishment of the Charlotte Mensah Academy to provide education and mentorship to young black hairdressers.
Rhetta Andrews Bowers
Rhetta Bowers is a Texas State Representative who has contributed to women's history by advocating for gender equality, reproductive rights, and affordable healthcare. She has also worked to improve public education and reduce gun violence. In 2019, she co-authored the "Texas Equal Pay Act," which aimed to close the gender pay gap by requiring employers to provide equal pay for employees performing the same job. Additionally, she is a vocal advocate for the rights of marginalized communities and has introduced legislation to protect the rights of immigrants and people of color. Representative Bowers is currently refiling to help pass the "Crown Act" in Texas. The Crown Act stands for "Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair" and is a law that prohibits discrimination against people with natural hair textures and hairstyles. The Crown Act was created to address racial discrimination that occurs in workplaces and schools, where people have been discriminated against based on their natural hair, including styles such as afros, braids, twists, and locks. The law has been passed in several U.S. states and is seen as an important step towards promoting inclusivity and diversity.
Lisa Price is an entrepreneur and the founder of Carol's Daughter, a hair and skincare line for natural hair. She started her business in 1993, creating her products in her Brooklyn kitchen and selling them at local craft fairs and flea markets. Her company grew rapidly, and she has since become a prominent figure in the beauty industry. In addition to being a successful businesswoman, Price is also known for her philanthropy and activism. She has used her platform to support various causes, including education, diversity in the workplace, and women's empowerment. Price has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the Black Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year award and induction into the prestigious Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) organization.
Nikki Nelms is a celebrity hairstylist known for her innovative and creative hairstyles for stars such as Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, Janelle Monáe, and Zoë Kravitz. She began her career in the early 2000s, working at a small hair salon in her hometown of Ohio before moving to Atlanta, Georgia. Nelms' unique and bold hair creations have been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle. Nelms has used her platform to advocate for more inclusivity and diversity in the industry and has been recognized for her contributions by various organizations, including the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards. She is also known for her advocacy for natural hair and for embracing all hair textures and types.
Rihanna has contributed to women's history through beauty in various ways. She launched her makeup line, Fenty Beauty, in 2017, which was praised for its inclusivity, particularly in its foundation shade range. Fenty Beauty was the first makeup brand to launch 40 foundation shades, catering to a diverse range of skin tones. The launch of Fenty Beauty was also praised for its marketing campaigns featuring women of all colors, shapes, and sizes. In addition to Fenty Beauty, Rihanna launched Fenty Skin, a skincare line that prioritizes clean ingredients and sustainability. Through her beauty brands, Rihanna has helped to redefine beauty standards and promote inclusivity in the industry.
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We hope you are just inspired as we are by these women who started from humble beginnings, some even young single mothers, who grew their businesses and continue to build their empire. Not everyone has the knowledge and/or resources to do it alone and most of these women give back to their communities to help the next generation of female entrepreneurs. Here at Tendrils and Twigs, our owner Tiger is passionate about mentoring talented professionals in the beauty industry who need guidance to help them reach their full potential. We're looking for the next wonder woman to help her on her journey!