Khembe Clarke, a hair stylist for 35 years, specialising in natural hair, loc starts and maintenance, began her journey at the age of 15, creating beautiful styles for family and friends. In 2010, having thrived in the hair care and business world since the opening of her salon at the age of 17, Khembe trained under Taliah Waajid, organiser of “The World’s largest Natural Hair Show”, in Atlanta, USA; this experience set her resolve to bring a similar experience to the UK, for women to celebrate and embrace their natural tresses.
A pioneer around the public promotion of natural styles, as a viable alternative to relaxers, Khembe's mantra is 'transforming the way women look and feel', and encouraging women to see their true beauty, outside and in. Her flagship event, Return to your Roots 2017, not only showcased the best products and designs for natural hair, but uniquely combined health and well-being themes.
"There’s a real movement back to natural", says Khembe. "Women are now realising the immense damage that chemically-based hair products can cause to their hair and scalp. There is a growing demand for products that are much more gentle for natural hair types, containing less synthetic ingredients.”