I am overjoyed and humbled to say that I won the 2014 Sisterlocks Master Stylist competition in San Diego on July 12th! I am the fourth Sisterlocks Master Stylist ever, and my parents in Kenya are so overjoyed and proud of me. It took a great deal of hard work and there were a couple of setbacks, but in the end it was worth it.
I have been a natural hair stylist for over two decades, and I became a trained consultant for Sisterlocks four years ago.
I decided to enter the competition in early June. I submitted three photos and an essay and a couple of weeks later, I learned that I had been selected as a finalist! I was elated. I encountered some difficulties preparing for this finalist competition, but I got through it all with a little perseverance. I was determined to make it happen. Below are my three Sisterlocks models and me, taking a victory picture:
The Homecoming event was truly amazing. There were many fun activities, including a nice game of “Pin the Afro Puff on the Sister”!
My two competitors in San Diego, both native Texans, were excellent stylists who both brought something new to the table. I feel blessed and honored to be counted among such talented ladies. Every single lady in the Styling Showcase had a beautiful style. The entire Homecoming was a celebration of black women’s natural hair, the art of styling it, and especially the art of Sisterlocks.
I believe that winning the competition is only one blessing of many to come, and I look forward to being able to spread my passion for the art that is natural hair with women everywhere, especially here in Baltimore, from my new place on the Sisterlocks team.
The Natural Hair Coach
Check out my styles below...I'm still excited!!!