In 2014, she founded mSEED group – a product development, manufacturing and brand development company focused on providing strategic growth solutions to aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesses in beauty and personal care. As Chief Executive Officer, Erica has grown mSEED from a small, shared space into a solely occupied 10,000 sq. ft. production plant, employing 15 people and servicing over 55 brands in the beauty and personal grooming space. In less than 3 years, Erica and her partners have built a multi-million dollar B2B manufacturing and consulting group, and she is spearheading mSEED’s corporate mission to grow a new generation of successful entrepreneurs and drive innovation and creativity in the beauty space. Furthermore proving that Science Never Looked This Good.
and barbering industry but it is not the key! As a salon owner, Tamika has been compelled to fill a void of proper natural hair care by ensuring her clients are equipped with the necessary tools to properly care for their hair between salon visits. As an invested member of the beauty industry, she felt obligated to
minimize the lack of knowledge and boost the level integrity displayed by some attempting to take advantage of industry within the natural hair care space.
In June of 2016, she embarked on a historic journey of opening Tennessee’s 1st freestanding Natural Hair School, The Institute of Beauty. This program is designed to educate, empower and equip students in the field of natural hair care. The Institute of Beauty has introduced over 300 business savvy, licensed natural hair stylist into a BILLION-dollar beauty industry. Her success is defined by pouring into others what God has blessed her with!
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.
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.
Licensed stylist with 18+ years
Markeita considers each crown a canvas.
She uses her creative and artistic talents to provide a personalized and unique hairstyle for each client.
The passion she has for this industry is her driving force,
empowering her to work industriously, educating the natural hair community, as well as uplift up & coming stylists.
Best known for her tapers, color & protective styling skills, Markeita had built an impressive, creative portfolio.
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Her vision is laced with passion and experience… “Destroying poverty in our communities, one Braider at a time”.
This congenial yet courageous woman used all efforts necessary to confront and ultimately partner with the state of Mississippi.
When Melony decided she wanted to open the first fully licensed natural hair care and braiding salon in Mississippi, she found that Mississippi required would-be braiders to obtain “wigology” licenses. Melony diligently took the 300 hours of completely unnecessary classes to obtain the license.
As her skills and her salon Naturally Speaking grew, she wanted to teach braiding to others, but
Mississippi law prohibited her from teaching braiding without a cosmetology instructor license, which would be at least 3,200 more hours of totally irrelevant classes. So Melony teamed up
with a law firm first filing a lawsuit against the state, then successfully lobbying the state legislature in 2005 to exempt braiding from cosmetology requirements.
Victory for generations to come…since then, more than 3,000 hair braiders have registered with the state. She has trained countless women in the art of professional hair braiding who have gone on to earn a living in her trade. Through Melony’s efforts, they can now practice their craft openly and legally. Melony herself now runs her salon Naturally Speaking Salons and Armstrong Braiding Academy, and Armstrong coaching and consulting, teaching her craft and encouraging other women entrepreneurs.
Her story has had the privilege of being told in the award winning documentary Locked Out, a
Mississippi success story and continues to be seen in film festivals throughout the nation, Including T.D. Jakes 2015, Mega Fest. Tom Joyner, BET and The Wall Street Journal are among the many who have commented on Melony success. She is also featured in other publications such as Forging Freedom and a 2009 study called “The Power of One Entrepreneur,” illustrating the beneficial effects of a single entrepreneur on her community. She has testified before at the U.S. Capitol and has a Blog on the Huffington Post.
This wife and mother of four boys is not a stranger to anyone she meets personally or professionally. She welcomes your call at 1-662- 871-3172.