I have always admired the work of Felicia Leatherwood. She totally owns being a celebrity stylist and natural hair expert. Issa Rae is one of her many clients that frequently rocks Felicia’s styles. Others include, Ava Durvernay, Nicole Ari Parker, Simone Missick, Skai Jackson, and Teyona Parris. She is also affectionately known as the “hair whisperer”. Her work has appeared on Oscar red carpets, hit shows on HBO and Netflix and a multitude of print and digital publications. She also sales what’s known as the “detangler brush”. I can tell you now, it’s a hot item that does not remain in stock for long. In fact, its sold out, but according to her website, a new shipment will be available January 31st.
The impact of seeing women with the same hue as you, whose hair is similar to yours work their respective lanes with such grace and beauty is priceless. My heart smiles, because it’s a very necessary display of art that’s needed in the culture. Depending on what region of the country you’re located in, natural hair stylist are hard to come by. While some decried that this “natural hair thing”, was a fad. Honey, the receipts don’t lie. According to research firm Mintel, approximately 71% of black adults in the U.S. wore their hair naturally at least once in 2016. The adorning of ones natural hair and African inspired styles is the new normal and I love it!