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9 Black Hairstylists You Should Be Following

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There’s nothing more powerful than using your voice. Whether you use it to peacefully protest or sign petitions, your words and actions matter. At Hair.com, we are dedicated to sharing the best of professionally-created hair. We acknowledge that in the beauty industry, and the hair industry, in particular, black artists are often silenced, and we’re committed to changing that. There’s so much beauty in diversity that needs to be embraced and shown to the world. As creatives in an ever-changing industry, we realize the power that social media has to amplify the voices and platforms of people from all walks of life. We want to do our part to showcase the talents of black artists who are leaving their mark on the beauty industry.

We’ve gathered a list of nine stylists who work with some of our favorite brands from the L'Oréal portfolio. Read on to find out why you’re going to want to book an appointment with these talented artists ASAP.

Black Hairstylists To Follow On Instagram Now

Jamal Edmonds - @lamajbackwards

Jamal Edmonds is a Mizani artist and owner of Lamaj In The City in Washington, D.C. If you’re looking for someone who knows how to cut and style curly hair, Edmonds is one to watch. Edmonds has shared his expert knowledge with Hair.com on several occasions, and most recently gave advice about how to shampoo and condition textured hair.

Ashley Lee - @alstyling

Ashley Lee is a stylist who prides herself on providing attainable luxury services for her clients at Beyond Fab Hair Studio in the Bronx, New York. The Mizani artist works hard to keep herself knowledgeable on the latest trends in hair care and is a regular at Hair.com, where she shares her expertise and even her top tips for styling hair when traveling.

Leysa Carrillo - @leysahairandmakeup

Leysa Carrillo is a Mizani and Redken ambassador from Las Vegas, Nevada, who specializes in all things curls. Carrillo emphasizes interactive education by hosting Forever Curls Workshops, where she connects with other artists, both hoping to help educate and learn more about caring for and styling curls. If you want to give your ringlets some technicolored flair, book an appointment with Carillo.

Pekela Riley - @pekelariley

Pekela Riley serves as the Global Artistic Director for Mizani and founder of True & Pure Texture and Salon PK in Jacksonville, Florida. Riley is dedicated to improving the health and appearance of every client's hair. Click here to read Riley’s expert advice on how to get the perfect bob for natural hair.

Rachel Redd - @rachel_redd

Mizani and Redken artist Rachel Redd is a hairstylist located in Atlanta, Georgia, who focuses on natural hair. As a colorist, Redd shows clients that it is possible to achieve their dream color no matter their hair texture as long as they use the right products and techniques. Redd is known for teaching coloring classes throughout the country, where current and upcoming stylists can learn her tricks of the trade.

Al Campbell - @al_alexander

All it takes is one scroll through Al Campbell’s Instagram feed, to know that this Chicago-based Mizani artist isn’t afraid to play with texture. As a texture expert, Campbell uses his favorite products and tried-and-true techniques to keep his client’s hair looking defined and healthy. In search of some advice about How To Care For Your Natural Hair Under A Wig? Campbell’s got you covered.

Evie Johnson- @contactevie

Evie Johnson, Mizani’s technical director, can be found at E&E Hair Solutions in Glenarden, Maryland. Johnson is a colorist, stylist, and certified trichologist and uses her skills to help her clients look and feel their best. Most importantly, Johnson is committed to educating her fellow stylists as well as her clients on hair topics that aren’t often spoken about, like hair loss and hair thinning.

Krystal McLeod - @kmcleoddd

Krystal McLeod, Matrix artistic educator, is the owner of LUXE Beauty Room in Holmdel, New Jersey. McLeod is passionate about working with clients and is driven to make them feel beautiful and confident. Not only can McLeod create stunning hairstyles, but she can also help you troubleshoot after a DIY mishap gone wrong. Trust us, you won’t regret giving her a call

Michelle O’Connor - @michelleoconnorbeauty

Michelle O’Connor, Matrix artistic director and master colorist, specializes in coloring textured hair and guiding clients on maintaining a healthy mane. O’Connor is a five-time North American Hairstyling Award Winner and is the creative director for The Salon by InStyle.

Jada Jenkins - @JadaJenkinsCo

Jada Jenkins, Mizani artist and educator, strives to help her clients embrace beauty, confidence, and top-notch hair care. Owner of L’amour de Rose Salon in Largo, MD, Jenkins offers clients the chance to develop their own distinctive hairstyle that matches their inner beauty. Jenkins frequently shares her expert knowledge with Hair.com, and most recently gave us advice about How To Maintain Braids the Right Way.

Danielle Akerie - @Dee.Akerie

Danielle Akerie, Mizani artist, educator, and stylist at Dani’s Hair Loft in Mckees Rocks, PA, specializes in all textures and colors. Akerie loves to create shape and movement using hair as her canvas and strives to make her clients feel welcome whenever they sit down in her chair.

Carla Marcelle - @ByCarlaMarcelle

Carla Marcelle is a Mizani artist and owner of By Carla Marcelle in Westlake, OH. If you’re looking for a stylist with expertise in hair extensions, Marcelle is one to watch. Marcelle continues to build her brand by showcasing her expert knowledge and high-quality service for clients.

Dezarai Chadwick - @Dezarai.Stylist

Dezarai Chadwick, Mizani artist, is a curly hair and balayage expert. As a stylist at SOLA East Wichita in Kansas, Chadwick prides herself on maintaining the integrity and health of each client's hair and keeping up with the latest hair care knowledge.

Tippi Shorter - @TippiShorter

All you need to do is take one look at her Instagram and you can tell that Tippi Shorter has a passion for hair. Shorter, whose official title is Mizani’s Global Artistic Director, has worked with numerous celebrity clients, been featured in the latest beauty magazines, and works to educate the next generation of rising stylists.

Gerri Belle - @GG.On.Hair

Gerri Belle, Mizani artist and stylist at Virtuous Beauty Hair Studio in Tampa, FL, can be found traveling and educating fellow stylists and clients about textured hair. Popular among young adults and fashionistas, Belle’s trendy and stylish cuts combined with her expertise in texture, color, and extensions make her high in demand!

Carlon Thompson - @CarlonThompson

Carlon Thompson, Mizani artist and stylist at Salon Oasis in Sacramento, CA, specializes in providing long-lasting hair care and personalized information to his clients based on their unique hair type and concerns. Thompson is also a texture blowout specialist and works with natural and relaxed hair.

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