“I am a Passionate, dedicate, innovative hair stylist that utilizes all creative aspects in design decision to shape the look of modern day style without compromising the integrity of the hair. I’m honest and not in it for the money. I love what I do. When I reach the platform some call success I look forward to giving back by mentoring youth and encouraging the discouraged in the hair industry.”
- Edward The Stylist
Naté: Where did you get your humble beginnings as a hair stylist?
Edward: I love to tell this story because no one actually believes me. But I first started doing hair as a child. I would sneak downstairs in the middle of the night and heat up a pair of metal shears and would use product I had watched my mother use to style my trolls’ hair. From Crimps to Curls; you name, I did it. Growing up as a male I was scared to express the fact that I had desire to do hair because I was always taught it was for the girls. I worked in salon as teenager as a shampoo boy where Andre Johnson (Hair Care Specialist) help me understand that women actually love and appreciate a man styling their hair.
Naté: Are women as difficult to satisfy when it comes to their hair as everyone makes them seem?
Edward: Women are not difficult to me. In fact, they tend to know exactly what they want down to the color, style, and fullness of hair. Now men… they are another story, and this is coming straight from my point of view. We are picky, we have to oversee the process and check every inch of cut.
Naté: Let’s talk about extensions! Glue-in’s, sew-in’s, bonding… is any of it good for your hair? (edges more specifically.)
Edward: Extensions, lets talk about it. Some like the, some don’t. I love the. a good sew in done properly can be rewarding and a jump start to natural healthy hair growth. Bonding done with protective serum , and a cap in most cases will protect the hair and promote growth. I recommend Robert Diamond Bond Serum to promote hair growth while protecting hair from damage due to bonding glue. This method is used for my clients with long hair that may want to try different look. For clients with thinning or alopecia I would do consultation and recommend they speak with a physician before installment in severe cases.
Naté: What do you think of this growing trend of natural hair extensions?
Edward: I love this growing trend of natural hair extensions. Loc extensions to be exact. I wanted to achieve the look without the “in between” stage so I had them installed and I loved it. When done properly they look beautiful and did not compromise the integrity of my hair.
Naté: What is the most bizarre hairstyle you have ever done?
Edward: Let’s see the most bizarre hairstyle I have ever done… It would have to be this concept hair style done by Celebrity Stylist Charese Adkins of Shear Bella Beauty Salon. I decided I wanted to try something out of the box for an award show. We took the plastic moveable eyes from dolls and bonded them to my head in my mohawk hair cut. It was a show stopper!
Edward: One styling tool I cannot live without would have to be my Marcel curling irons. One product that I cannot live without would have to be Hold N Control shaper by Sebastian. I love it.
Naté: They always say never let hair stylist with bad hair do yours. How do you tame your beautiful mane?
Edward: I actually tame my beautiful mane by using blonde treatments, a good violet shampoo and deep conditioner. And last by visiting my barber at Art Unique Looks Barber Shop in Glenburnie MD every two weeks for cut, and once a week for shape up. I love the whole grooming process.
Naté: Why do you love being a hair stylist?
Edward: I love being a hairstylist because I feel god gave me this gift to help people look and feel great about themselves. Also helping people overcome hair challenges while maintaining healthy hair.
Thank you Edward for the interview.