CHIKODI IKEGWU DEMINGS
DESIGNER OF EXQUISITE NATURAL HAIR, JEWELRY & FASHION
The constant evolution of today’s hair industry is hard to keep up with…Then there are the trendsetters who set the pace, One such artist is natural hair designer Chikodi Ikegwu Demings. In her native country of Nigeria, Chikodi began honing her skills in the art of razor cutting, weaving and the intricacies of braiding, long before her formal cosmetology training began in the United States. Chikodi has compiled decades of experience. Chikodi has had the opportunity work with several diﬀerent hair care companies including: Design Essentials as a guest artist, Prestige D’Afrique for approximately 3 years as a platform artist and for Jamaican Mango & Lime, line of natural hair care products. This wonder woman maintains a truly hectic schedule! “Only a true passion for the work and knowing I’m setting an example for my children keeps me going”, says Chikodi. Chikodi is the proud owner of Chikodi’s World Natural Hair Salon and Boutique in Montgomery, Alabama.
Marcina Dowdell Williams
“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audrey Lorde.
Marcina Dowdell Williams is a 49 yr old high energy professional who knows the natural hair business and industry. For over 30 years this Master stylist, professional braider, educator & business owner has continued to cultivate her craft by learning and perfecting the most sought-after braid styles and natural hair techniques available. I received my technical training from Taliah Waajid braiding seminar in 1996 and I returned to teach at the seminar in 1998. In 2001 I co-founded one of the 1st natural hair studios in the north Florida area, specializing in the hottest braid styles and creative techniques as well as healthy hair care. In 2011 I relocated to my hometown of St. Petersburg, Fl after receiving my bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University (2010). It is here I opened Loving My Hair Natural Hair Studio the area’s 1st premiere natural hair care facility taking natural hair and hair care to the next level. In 2014 I was given the title “Natural Hair Queen” when I founded the 1st Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo in St. Petersburg which was created as a cultural celebration highlighting local businesses and showcasing beauty professionals in the community, also providing scholarships to deserving youth. Next year’s event (2019) we are preparing for our 6th year of this amazing event and continuing a legacy to educate, inspire and encourage who we are naturally and using it as a platform to launch my entrepreneur program and non-profit for young people interested in the natural hair industry. In 2017 I was recognized by Power Broker magazine as one of the top 17 women who slayed in 2017. My work has been seen is Sophisticates Black Hair, Braids and Beauty, Shades of Beauty and many other braid publications as well as music videos, and even the Red Carpet of the Grammy’s. The love of providing chemical free services has always been a constant motivator, and with the emerging self-awareness and acceptance of our natural beauty continues to fuel my passion, along with the unconditional support of my five beautiful children I know with God all things are possible.
Nadra was born into the lineage of Natural Hair Care and carved a name for herself as an award-winning entrepreneur, inventor, patent awardee, stylist, and educator. She founded and co-owner Amazon Natural Look Academy, one of Illinois’ first licensed Natural Hair and Braid Schools. She also developed and manages Evolving Textures line of hair care products and tools including Alli “The Hair Assistant”. Her passion for natural hair has made an imprint on the industry by introducing a contemporary set of styling standards, business best practices and an ethic of care to launch newly minted stylists and advance veteran stylists and salon owners. She has traveled the world sharing cutting-edge techniques that support healthy hair and scalps, which ultimately supports a healthy lifestyle, the challenge of our time.
In 1989, I began my journey as a locktician. The following year, I devised a technique by studying and giving motion to the hand placement on the hair of Queen Kawit (Ancient Egypt/11th dynasty/ 1600 B.C.) during a grooming session carved in her tomb. I called it The LockSmyth’s Method, now commonly called LockSmything. My mission going forward is to teach my version of this ancient art form.