Hello naturalistas! My name is Zarah Charm and I am a natural hair stylist and enthusiast from Baltimore.
How did you discover your passion for hair?
I discovered my passion for hair at a young age. My mother knew
absolutely nothing about hair besides four ponytails (who wants to wear
that in middle school?) and would never send me to the salon. My hair
was my own and I was free to do whatever I wanted with it. I was always
experimenting with my own hair and excited to show off new styles that
I’ve created on myself.
When did you start your natural hair journey? Did you have any ups and downs?
My natural hair journey began in 2006. I did wear some natural
styles, but I transitioned with braids and wigs or pressed straight
because I was insecure. I wasn’t ready to look different than everyone
else…it was too much attention. A lot of people were supportive, but
some people were not. You never realize how much of your confidence is
based on your appearance. It took me a few years to get comfortable in
my own skin and wear my natural hair, but I’m glad I did!
What are your favorite natural hair essentials?
My hair essentials are a great conditioner with amazing slip, a
shampoo brush to ease detangling, and Charisma products. The conditioner
to moisturize the kinks, shampoo brush to detangle the kinks, and
Charisma to moisturize, seal, and prep my hair for styling.
Tell us about your hair and your regimen.
I try to keep my regimen simple. Low maintenance is the key to
healthy hair. I shampoo, condition, and steam treat my hair weekly or
biweekly depending on the style I have in. Because of the color in my
hair, every other wash day I do a protein treatment to strengthen my
hair. My go-to style is two big flat twists...quick, easy, and
versatile. They can be worn in sweats and in a dress!
You are a popular hair stylist, how can our curlies get styled by Zarah Charm?
You can book an appointment with me at ZarahCharm.com.
This year you received a full scholarship from Dr. Kari Williams to
attend the "All About Twists" Hands on Workshop. Congrats! How was that
Thanks! That class with Dr. Kari Williams was amazing. She openly
shared a lot of her tips and tricks to her signature twist styles. She
is so nice and honest. I appreciated that. I learned about all aspects
of the business and came home fully inspired.
You recently released a product line, Charisma. Tell us about your product line and where we can purchase it?
Yes Charisma! I have two all-natural styling products, the
Head-To-Toe Soufflé’ and the All-Over Butter. The Head-To-Toe Soufflé’
is a water-based product that I recommend using as a leave-in
conditioner. Its creamy texture is perfect as prep for all of my
clients’ protective styles. The All-Over Butter is a shea/cocoa butter
mix, which I use as a sealant in my client’s hair. Both products can be
used on hair and body. The thing that everyone says about it is that the
smell is amazing!
Do you have any tips that you can tell our curlies?
Tip: Less is more. Keep your manipulation down. Don’t hop on every
bandwagon fad to “grow your hair”. Moisture and low manipulation will do
wonders for your hair.
Share some encouraging words for our transitioners.
Patience is key. I know it’s hard but think of it this way. You will
have a completely new head of hair in two years. That may seem like a
lot but think of this: high school was four years and that flew by. Half
of high school and you’ll be done! High school not a good example? Well
Obama was sworn in in 2009. If you started then your natural hair
could be midback length now. Crazy right?
What are your future goals for your business?
My only goal as a stylist is to better myself and share my knowledge
with others. All of my endeavors are governed by those two rules. But
keep watching me, you’ll see what’s new very soon!
What social media can we visit to keep up with Zarah Charm?