world afro day® awards 2018

AFRO PIONEER AWARD

Salutes the early leaders in the natural hair industry, who have worked with Afro hair for over twenty years. They believed in the value and beauty of Afro hair long before it became popular and have staked their livelihoods and set up businesses to service the community. They increased knowledge, trained staff and renewed African heritage; while at the same time, improving techniques to showcase, Afro hair and African hairstyles.

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  ANASTASIA CHIKEZIE   Anastasia Chikezie is the founder of PURELY NATURAL, one of the first and finest natural hair salons to open in the UK with a host of celebrity clients. The first branch was opened 28 years ago and due to Anastasia’s extensive knowledge and experience in natural hair, she was asked to sit on the expert working panel for HABIA - the government’s standards setting body for the hair and beauty industry, where she helped to write the new NVQ qualification in Afro hairdressing, for natural hair.  Contributing her considerable natural hair knowledge and expertise to many a media interview, documentary, film and TV programme, including  BBC News , on the resurgence of natural hair and an ITV documentary, which was filmed in her own salon, Anastasia is also the winner of several business industry and hair and beauty awards, including the 2016  BE Mogul award , which recognises Black British enterprise. Earlier this year, Anastasia was judged Best Hairdresser, at the  CurlyTreats Festival , with her contributions to the fashion industry being many and varied, involving her co-creating the popular fashion brand,  Chikezie-Rose , who dressed models and participants in the Black Beauty and Hair awards, Screen Nation awards and also  Miss Caribbean UK .

ANASTASIA CHIKEZIE

Anastasia Chikezie is the founder of PURELY NATURAL, one of the first and finest natural hair salons to open in the UK with a host of celebrity clients. The first branch was opened 28 years ago and due to Anastasia’s extensive knowledge and experience in natural hair, she was asked to sit on the expert working panel for HABIA - the government’s standards setting body for the hair and beauty industry, where she helped to write the new NVQ qualification in Afro hairdressing, for natural hair.

Contributing her considerable natural hair knowledge and expertise to many a media interview, documentary, film and TV programme, including BBC News, on the resurgence of natural hair and an ITV documentary, which was filmed in her own salon, Anastasia is also the winner of several business industry and hair and beauty awards, including the 2016 BE Mogul award, which recognises Black British enterprise. Earlier this year, Anastasia was judged Best Hairdresser, at the CurlyTreats Festival, with her contributions to the fashion industry being many and varied, involving her co-creating the popular fashion brand, Chikezie-Rose, who dressed models and participants in the Black Beauty and Hair awards, Screen Nation awards and also Miss Caribbean UK.


  MORRIS ROOTS   Morris Aberdeen, founder/director of Morris Roots Natural Hair Salons, first made his mark in the natural hair/locs industry back in 1995. Based on his vision of a hair industry not limited to the usual perm, barbering and braiding traditions in afro hair styling, the now internationally acclaimed award-winner’s dedication to taking the natural hair movement to another level, by blending it with fashion and collaborations with carnival mas experts, has paid off: not only in the UK, but stateside, with his 2004 second place ‘Creative Locs Styling’ award, at the  World Natural Hair Show , in Atlanta Georgia. Morris also holds the enviable position of writing the first ever locs course to have been accredited by  Edexcel  and he is currently the UK’s only locs/natural hair salon owner to have a chain of stores.  Continuing to showcase his skills and talents at the Notting Hill Carnival, Morris Roots - as he is better known - stylishly promotes locs and natural hair to the world – with an added ‘soca’ twist! To Morris, the World Afro Day movement is a timely reminder and an opportunity to teach the unaware of the significance of The Afro as a sign of black pride, empowerment and revolution.

MORRIS ROOTS

Morris Aberdeen, founder/director of Morris Roots Natural Hair Salons, first made his mark in the natural hair/locs industry back in 1995. Based on his vision of a hair industry not limited to the usual perm, barbering and braiding traditions in afro hair styling, the now internationally acclaimed award-winner’s dedication to taking the natural hair movement to another level, by blending it with fashion and collaborations with carnival mas experts, has paid off: not only in the UK, but stateside, with his 2004 second place ‘Creative Locs Styling’ award, at the World Natural Hair Show, in Atlanta Georgia. Morris also holds the enviable position of writing the first ever locs course to have been accredited by Edexcel and he is currently the UK’s only locs/natural hair salon owner to have a chain of stores.

Continuing to showcase his skills and talents at the Notting Hill Carnival, Morris Roots - as he is better known - stylishly promotes locs and natural hair to the world – with an added ‘soca’ twist! To Morris, the World Afro Day movement is a timely reminder and an opportunity to teach the unaware of the significance of The Afro as a sign of black pride, empowerment and revolution.


  KHEMBE CLARKE   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.”

KHEMBE CLARKE

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.”


 

voting is now closed,
WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON THE NIGHT