DevaCurl® Deva Advanced Stylist | Deva Cut: $87
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I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota but I have lived in south Minneapolis with my husband for the last several years. I graduated from the University of MN Twin Cities in 2011 where I received my BFA in Art and BA in African American and African History, and most recently from Regency Beauty Institute in December 2015.
I came to hair in a roundabout way. I grew up with wet bathtub haircuts which continued into college. As a teenager, I cut my brother's afro and occasionally also my mother's curls. I fooled around with cutting hair for friends in my college dorm but I never had the intention of being a stylist. My first time stepping into a salon for a service that didn't involve my brows or nails was actually as an adult in my twenties. I was trying to find a way out of a corporate job that would allow me more time to focus on my painting and my relationships while fulfilling some of my creative needs as well. Due to some amazing opportunities at the time and with the encourage of my family, friends, and coworkers, I took the leap that changed my life. I am especially grateful to my fellow stylist and hair bestie Chelsea who introduced me to the revelation that is the curly hair focused salon upon my graduation.
I love working with my hands. When I am not creating in the salon, I am usually with my husband and son at my home studio creating, painting, drawing, or cooking unless it is the summer time and then I could also just be outside at a lake somewhere. I absolutely love Minneapolis and the people in my community. I pull inspiration for my fine art from my work on hair and vice versa (www.daisygilesuu.com). I especially love working with medium to highly textured Black hair and assisting clients on transitioning from relaxed and heat damaged hair to their healthy natural hair. I also adore bringing more mermaids and unicorns into the world with creative and fashion colors. When those two loves combine and I get to punkify a curly sister and work that black girl magic out on clients, I am in hair heaven!
We all know the struggle that many curly girls face in finding a stylist who understands their texture. It can be nerve-wracking. I pride myself on not only in helping my clients to feel beautiful when they leave, but also for my clients to really be able to relax during their service and to enjoy our time together. I love to have a good laugh while styling.(I was voted class clown in high school and I take my daily laughter very seriously. It is good for your health!) I can't wait to hang out with you!