Today we’d like to introduce you to Shavonah Stewart.
Hi Shavonah, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
It all started when I was just a little girl, at the age of nine. I had thick and long hair going down my back. After a while, my mother didn’t feel like doing my hair anymore. So one day, I went to school with an afro, the kids picked on me. I loved my afro, but I was at a new school and wanted to fit in. That same day I went home after school and straightened my hair. For my first time, it came out really nice; as if doing hair came natural for me. Wearing my hair straight became damaging, my ends began to split and my hair appeared shorter so I started braiding it. My mother noticed my huge interest in hair so she signed me up for “Hair Camp”. Hands down, that was one of the best summers from my childhood. I learned so much about hair that summer and it sparked my interest even more, at that point I was in love with doing hair. I had about four different mannikin heads that I continued to practice on.
Everything after camp was self taught. I went from practicing on my mannikins to doing hair for my family and close friends. As time fast forwards, hair became more than just a hobby; it became a lifestyle. I always did my own hair, people would see my hair and ask “Who did your hair !?” “Can you do my hair !?” “What’s your price !?”. I offered my services and began to make a living. I am a Traveling Hairstylist/Protective Hairstylist. I currently travel between Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. I would love to expand and travel to other states. I have plans of opening my own salon and other business adventure(s) I really don’t want to speak on. My clientele is growing; from kids to elders. I have love for each and everyone of them, I am truly thankful for their support and for my God giving talent. I pray and manifest over my business every chance I get. I AM Vonnie’s Natural Hair Care!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Being a Traveling Hairstylist/Protective Hairstylist do have some rocky moments. It’s not always glitz and glamour. There will be moments when it becomes stagnant but I’ll keep on promoting myself and work for the dreams and outcome that I want. I’ll some times take a break from doing hair and work a 9 to 5 to keep the money flow and to support my business. There will be slow weeks, there will be booked and busy weeks.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I look at doing hair as art. Being a Hairstylist can also fall under the category of being a creative. I am a Travel Hairstylist that specializes in Protective Hairstyles. “Faux Locs”, “Soft Locs”, “Goddess Locs”, “Knotless Braids”, “Crochet braids”, etc. I also dip and dab in wig work. I will be attending Paul Mitchell to help further my career. I am proud of my growth. I love being able to help people feel beautiful inside and out. I love seeing smiles on my clients, its pushes me to go harder. Being humble and self taught sets me apart from most.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
My only advice is once you start, keep going and don’t give up. Doing hair may come naturally and/or easy but it is not for the weak. Practice as much as you can, and stay on top of the hair trends.
- Website: vonniesnaturalhaircare.as.me/
- Instagram: instagram.com/iamvonnie__
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