Erica Douglas, better known as Sister Scientist, is a formulating cosmetic chemist who earned her degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. She has dedicated her career to developing quality and innovative cosmetic products, and has been the scientific mind behind brands such as ORS Olive Oil, Curls Unleashed, and HAIRepair.
Sister Scientist has traveled the world searching for untapped scientific research and natural ingredients as an advocate for expanding research efforts in hair and skin. Erica uses Sister Scientist as a fun and creative platform for consumers who are looking for a trusted source of scientific/technical information about their beauty and grooming products. She also uses this medium to encourage young women to pursue careers in science/engineering by breaking stereotypes to show them that being “a nerd” can be pretty cool. After all, Science Never Looked This Good.
Josie began her official journey into the beauty world by enrolling in Cosmetology School in Jackson, MS in the fall of 2014. Many years of research and experimenting with hair, nails, and makeup gave her the extra boost of knowledge to complete school quickly and proficiently, receiving her Cosmetology Degree in August of 2016.
While in school, Josie discovered her love for hair care. The science of hair is the thing that she loved most next to styling. In February 2016, Josie began to incorporate that into her services. She began Hair & Scalp Analysis, a service that provides clients with a microscopic view of their hair and scalp to observe the underlying factors to the characteristics and behavior of their hair. These personalized sessions and recommendations have built trust and relationships with clients because their needs were being met on a one-on-one basis.
As a fellow naturalista, Josie has been able to relate with many other naturals by providing personal experience as well as her expertise as they go forth in their hair journeys. As a Hair Analyst and Hair Care Specialist, Josie knew that one of the key factors to healthy hair growth was protective styling. After working with wigs for 8 years, she began creating her own wigs in 2010 and launched Express Wigs; a collection of wigs for every kind of woman.
Her passion for hair didn’t stop there. Josie began to channel her knowledge and philosophy into videos, e-books, and educational classes helping naturals all over the world finally conquer and embrace their natural hair!
Hair has been a lifelong obsession for her, since she started doing hair at the age of seven. Liz has been a licensed professional for about eight years now and let her tell you, She LOVES what she does!
Liz is one of the co-Owners of Naturally U Hair Salons in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also a full-time Hair Stylist, Editorial stylist, and Educator, educating women and men how to love, embrace and take care of their natural hair!
Tendai was given the name, The Hair Whisperer, by her clients because of her ability to get their hair to respond in a positive way under the seeming most imposible circumstances. Tendai has coined the phrase, “My Natural is My Natural,” as an empowering affirmation and call to action for women to embrace their natural beauty. While she is a successful Barber/Cosmetologist, Tendai’s real passion has been in educating consumers and other sylists on proper hair care and maintenance. Her passion has lead her to develop trademark products and techniques that allows natural clients to wear their hair straight with the ability to go back to their natural curl pattern with little to no pattern loss and of course the incredible Whisper Whip Hydration product.
Tackling graphic design and photography for the magazine lead I’Sha to www.ishagaines.com. She cut her magazine expenses in half by teaching herself how to do graphic design & how to take professional photos.
Today HoneyBeNatural celebrates the natural hair, fashion and lifestyle of fabulous ladies, gents, and kids. HoneyBe is managed by 10 dedicated sistas and has a network that spans over 75K. Talk about influence! HoneyBe has built a professional relationship with many organizations like UT-Arlington, Society of Professional Journalist and international hair brands like Creme of Nature, Bella Kinks, Kinky Curly Yaki, Mielle Organics, Uncle Funky’s Daughter, The New Orleans Natural Hair Expo, and many others!
Fancy is the owner of F. Felder Enterprises, LLC which publishes SwagHer Magazine, an online empowerment publication for aspiring women of color. Through her years of interviewing powerful women and searching for the ingredients to success, Fancy learned that true success is when one is strong enough to practice self love and forgiveness, able to embrace their inner goddess, and willing to be guided by a spirit of discernment.
Her passion for all things creative combined with her love for writing guided her to start She So Media, her public relations, branding, and media boutique. From press releases to website development, Fancy continues to motivate and inspire others to pursue their dreams.
Somewhat of an introvert, Fancy is known for her charming but genuine character. Rather than hide her past decisions and poor judgments, she speaks openly about her love and losses and the importance of making wise decisions in life with hopes of inspiring young women and young girls to rethink the image that society and the media try to impress on them daily. Her memoir, Bag Lady Diaries, tells her story of being a young, single mother and country girl learning how to make it on her own.
What many do not know is that Melody’s motivational muse was her grandmother. She found her love for hair styling at the age of ten when her grandmother realized she could no longer afford the luxuries of sending Melody and her two sisters to their local beautician. By using her sisters as daily mannequins, she acquired continuous practice –thus fueling her love and ambition for hair. Through experience, Melody has acquired an artistic and creative style and utilizes her artistic capabilities to create beautiful hair art inspired by Avante Gard and Haute Couture’s styling concepts. As a barber and licensed cosmetologist, she inspires to be a Celebrity Natural Hair stylist. She has competed and won several hair competitions, participated in fashion shows and photo shoots, and proudly hosts quarterly community awareness events to educate the community on natural hair, health, promotion of self love, and the African-American culture. Melody says, “My vision is to glamour the natural ü and make “your natural” beautiful.
Day is a mastermind in marketing and branding, helping coordinate some of the biggest events in Houston such as Super Bowl 2017 and the forthcoming Black Fashion Week. As a start-up strategist, she helps clients package their ideas into profitable ventures for the marketplace. Her creativity cannot be denied, producing her first self-published magazine in 2010 called Austin Nightlife Magazine.
However, nothing inspires Day more than helping women of color embrace their natural beauty, flaws and all.
“From one Queen to another, I feel that it is my duty to empower, inspire, and educate,” says Day. “Just because you were not born into hierarchy doesn’t mean you can’t create it. I am excited to be involved in the Mississippi Natural Hair Expo!”
A recipient of the 2016 Houston Top 40 Under 40, Day Edwards is definitely one to watch. To connect with her, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.