I grew up in North London and started braiding my own hair at the tender age of ten, as a result of the painful experience of a typical West Indian ritual: which consisted of weekly braiding or even worse biweekly torture of washing and braiding the Afro Kinky locks of my hair.
One day after this weekly ritual I declared to my Mum “this is the last time you are braiding my hair” and so from that day forth every two weeks I braided my own hair. Over the years I developed a very distinctive style of braiding.
I always had a passion for hair but was unsure of how to start my journey into the Hair Industry. As each year went by I was getting more and more frustrated as I was working in retail and knew this was not where I wanted to be. One day whilst at work listening to the radio I heard a song by Macy Gray called ‘Something’, the part of the song which struck a chord was “…get up, get up and do something don’t let the days of your life just pass you by, cause you never really know until you try…” after hearing this I quit my job and followed my heart into the world of hair.
I began working in a number of salons until I was able to set up on my own. In 2002 I opened my salon called ‘Sour 2 Sweet’ the name was symbolical of my clients coming in looking one way and leaving completely transformed. The most challenging issue as a business owner was finding good staff, this resulted in me running the salon on my own for two and half years, I then had to make a difficult decision whether to keep the salon or close it. In the end I decided to close the salon, at the time I was not sure if I had made the right decision in closing my business, in due course it turned out to be one of the best decisions I had ever made.
Very quickly I was working full-time as a freelance hair stylist and my work could be seen on various celebrities, styling hair for corporate events for companies. I also went onto succeed in various competition winning awards internationally.