Today’s Fxshnjunke Spotlight goes to Charlotte ,NC professional hairstylist , Natoya Williams . She is the owner and master stylist at House Of Chic studio located in Charlotte, NC that is a one stop shop where they provide hair care services, makeup services, and wardrobe consulting. Check out our interview as we learn more about hair care , her studio and more !
Natoya : The ability to express individual style. I love mixing prints, and trends like distressed denim and pumps and dusters and sneakers. I enjoy pushing the envelope.
Q: What inspires your style ? How would you describe your style ?
Natoya: A blend of edge and class….I’m inspired by what I’m feeling like at the moment.
Q: How long have you been a hairstylist ?
Natoya : Ive been a professional stylist for 6 years. I realized that energy is everything. I wanted to create and maintain the mood and presence of the atmosphere. That’s when I knew that I wanted my own establishment.
Q: When did you know you wanted to have your own shop ? How did you come up with the name House of Chic ?
Natoya : Prior to hair, I obtained my BA in Social Work. Accomplishing this milestone enabled me to be able to work with people of all races and demographics. I eapecially loved working with the at risk population—youth and families. The common denominator that drove me then and still drives me today in the hair industry is witnessing the TRANSFORMATION. Then it was with clients behaviors and perception and now its with clients appearance perception. So when it was time to think of a name for my salon I wanted something that spoke to THE WHOLE woman. CHIC is it! I purposely did NOT say House Of Chic Hair Salon because I always knew that the vision was more than hair.
Hair was just the initial service. Chic is defined as an element of class… excellence in style, dress, and manner without being flashy or pushy. I chose House Of Chic because the structure and design of the house (if you will) is chic and all the services that will eventually be offered will make up the whole woman. We currently offer hair, makeup, and wardrobe styling services. My vision for the HOUSE includes life skill crash courses, tutoring, and much more!
Q: What are some tips of taking care of natural hair and your weave ?
Natoya : Here are a few quick tips!
Natural Chic-ettes- Always moisturize the hair! Natural hair tends to dry out easily or soak up product. After clarifying shampoo, shampoo with moisturizing shampoo and hydrating comditioners. After shampoo—Apply serum on wet hair and oils on dry hair–just a dab of oil should do. You don’t want to weigh your hair down! Natural hair should have body too!
Weave- When you are wearing a quick weave, always use bond removers around the perimiter before shampooing out. This will help to avoid hair loss. Sew Ins—You must see your stylist for maintenance. It is NOT over just because you received your install and style! You should be receiving routine shampoos and conditions with your weave install (at least twice a month).
Q: If you could slay/style 3 celebrities hair who would they be ?
Natoya : If I could style 3 celebrities I’d chose Rhiana, Kelly Osborne, and Gabrielle Union or Kelly Rowland. (3 was tough)… They all potray a great blend of class and edge at the same time!
Q: What are your goals for 2016 ? Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
Natoya : My 2016 goals are to continue to manage the studio and also to expand. I plan to bring on new stylist to join the chic team.
Written by @dasiatheceo