Angel Edwards and her daughter Karis exemplify Black Girl Magic through their programs and stellar products, encouraging young girls everywhere to be their best and most authentic selves!
What makes Hair By Angeled different from your average braiding and hair salon is Angel herself. And how she aided people when the pandemic began.
Angel took ownership of her own studio in 2020, a month before COVID-19 shut down operations. As business was disrupted, she thought about what legacy she wanted to leave for her two daughters and other young women.
She started focusing on empowering women by developing a line of hair products and offering online appointments for live hair tutorials.
She eventually started booking appointments in clients' homes as a travel stylist and launched an entrepreneurship program to teach young girls the art of braiding.
She truly believes in the art of empowering women
She teaches the art of braiding in the Chicago school system and spreads her message of affirmations and empowerment to girls in grades 5th-8th. From helping black people own their hair beauty to teaching and mentoring young girls, she is nothing short of true magic!
That magic flows through her daughters as well. Her daughters are inspired by her entrepreneurship, and she helps her 12-year-old daughter Karis sell her handmade bedazzled affirmation mirrors to inspire other young girls to "proclaim their princess powers."
But this journey all began at age nine
Angel Edwards learned to braid hair from her best friend, who was a young entrepreneur. By the time Angel was 13, she had already established her own clientele and quickly saved enough money to buy her first pair of pink Nike Jordan shoes.
The Chicago native knew early on that she had a gift for not only braiding hair but also for leading small group discussions that uplifted and inspired young women. In high school, she was a part of Demoiselle 2 Femme, a faith-based nonprofit that empowers girls as they transition to become the next generation of leaders. Angel, who also goes by Angel Ed, served as a young pioneer on several mission trips to Africa with her church.
Which ultimately led to her own entrepreneurial journey with her Chicago-based business Hair By Angeled.
But the year 2018 changed the game for Angel
In 2018, she got an appointment request from comedian and actress Amanda Seales, who left a glowing review that quickly highlighted her gift and quality service. Angel Ed continued to build her brand and a business from there.
In her own words, "It is an amazing experience in entrepreneurship to meet queens and "pre-queens" that will take over the world with their fierceness."
So, after having read about two near indescribable yet wonderful examples of true Black girl magic, have you booked your appointment yet? Booked a live tutorial? Or even bought a mirror? Cause if not I don't know what you're waiting for.
Want to learn more about Angel and Karis and how to support them? Take a look at the AngelEd website or follow all AngelEd social media pages