Holistic Hair Designer
As a Holistic Hair Designer, native Washingtonian, Nailah Clay is continuing a living legacy in the beauty industry, one springy strand at a time. Operating D.C. based private studio, KOUMANI, since 2000, Nailah artistically grooms, consults and inspires her guests to thrive in tune with their natural hair.
With intergenerational roots in barbering and entrepreneurship, Nailah’s career began in her Uncle’s Maryland based salons at age 12 with a broom and glass cleaner in hand. An intimate journey into holistic living led her organic wonderment deep into the folds of hair care from a botanical perspective. Making her own transition to natural hair in 1993, Nailah is a seasoned hair care artisan, professionally and personally.
20 copious years later, Nailah has coiffed hundreds of “Big Chops”, twisted thousands of bountiful, coily manes and decoded the secret language shared between lifestyle, mental messaging and hair health for a community that is thirsty to live higher and love their “whole” selves, kinky hair and all. As a full service cosmetologist, Nailah completed her professional training at globally acclaimed AVEDA INSTITUTE, producing a cross textural and technical skill set that serves her clientele in a qualitative fashion of high standards & progressive styling. From shop-laborer to stylist assistant, self taught Natural Hair Guru, Nailah Clay has blazed her own trail guiding her guests to the fountain of truth and natural hair beauty.
Recently, in autumn 2012, Nailah dropped knowledge and insight as an invited panelist for discussion on Understanding Natural Hair Care at the 6th Annual Nappy-Oke Natural Hair Show. Well received, by attendants and ESSENCE.com, Nailah’s dazzling brand ambassadors, donning her Holistic Hair Designs & logo t-shirts were featured in ESSENCE’S STREET STYLE HAIR: Curls in The Capital. Answering a call to action, Nailah is currently developing a product line, intellectual property and workshop series that will inspire the natural hair community at large to live higher and thrive.
Contact Nailah Clay @ email@example.com or www.styleseat.com/nailahclay or 202.246.4627
Class: Holistic Hair Design