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Hairstylist Tommie Taylor specializes in repairing and growing healthy hair

The hair care veteran started her career by convincing her grandmother to let her wash and style her hair
Hairstylist Tommie Taylor specializes in repairing and growing healthy hair
Tommie Taylor (Photo credit: Aaliyah Demry The Fly Subject)

From washing and styling her grandmother’s hair to being a licensed cosmetologist for 30 years and owning her salon in Minneapolis, Tommie Taylor has traveled worldwide as a professional hairstylist, teacher and consultant. Taylor specializes in helping Black women with hair loss regrow their hair and feel beautiful and confident.

Taylor is passionate and dedicated to her clients by staying on top of the latest trends, bringing creativity to every hairstyle and providing natural hair care products to ensure restoration, with a healthy scalp and hair.

Rolling out spoke with the entrepreneur about her business, products and the experience she delivers to her clients.

What led you to become a hairstylist?

My passion for hair. At 8 years old, I would convince my grandmother to let me shampoo and style her hair for church on Sunday. I wasn’t even tall enough to reach the kitchen sink, so I had to stand in a chair. Who knew she was allowing my God-given talent to bloom.

What does your salon specialize in?

My salon specializes in hair care, which is my first priority. Having a healthy head of hair helps me create a great hairstyle. The second would be precision cutting.

Why did you decide to launch Talent by Tommie Taylor?

I decided to launch Talent By Tommie Taylor products because I saw an urgency of women, especially Black women, losing their hair. Knowing that I could not physically become the hairstylist to every woman, I wanted to help resolve, repair and restore their hair.

Why are you passionate about your company?

I am passionate about my company because I can meet fantastic women who look like me. They come from all walks of life, and I get to make them look beautiful, build confidence and contribute to the style that fits them!

What is it like being a female founder?

It’s a blessing! It’s exciting — it’s somewhat scary — yet I’ve trained throughout my 30-year career, trials and tribulations for this moment. I’m honored.

What do Black women need to do to have healthier hair?

Cosmetologists must inform Black women about the importance of caring for their scalps. Scalp care is the foundation of having and growing healthy hair.

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