Los Angeles native, Felicia Leatherwood, was just 9 years old when she realized she had a flare for styling hair. She spent many a day not only perfecting her own hairstyle, but also those of her neighborhood friends. While her friends were playing with toys, Felicia was delving into what would soon become her career – hair care and styling.
By the time she got to high school, she was earning the kind of money as a hair stylist that most of her friends could only dream of. Felicia went on to receive a degree from Santa Monica Cosmetology School, and eventually start working at the prestigious Millennium Hair Salon in Los Angeles. Everyone who was anyone was going to Millennium to get their hair done. “That’s where I built my reputation as a personal stylist”, Felicia says.
Felicia has done natural styles on stars such as Jill Scott, Kim Coles, Will Smith, Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Hill Harper(to name a few), and work that has appeared in People magazine, Essence, and InStyle, as well as in film and television, Felicia’s reputation is as solid as they come. And though she can weave, relax, color and cut hair with the best of them, she’s known for her expertise with natural hair and for her remarkable ability to grow hair. Felicia has been called the “Hair Whisperer” and has been known to help not only her clients but women all over the world to understand and love their natural hair no matter what state it’s currently in!
So what does the future hold for this hair care guru? Felicia has begun conducting hair care workshops for women of color around the world. These workshops are in response to the hundreds of questions she receives from women desperate for answers and guidance about their tresses. Felicia specializes in helping women transition hairstyles and grow healthier hair. These styles range from “get up and go” to the latest trends.
Felicia says “I care because I realize that the state of our hair is a direct connection to how we feel about ourselves on the inside and my goal is to empower women everywhere.”