Today we’d like to introduce you to Satura Mathis.
Hi Satura, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My interest in braiding started around age 10 as I watched my aunt and cousin braid hair in their kitchen. Seeing them braid pushed me to start practicing with another cousin of mine on each other’s heads around age 11. Braiding started out as a hobby but became a job at age 16 when I got pregnant with my first child.
I was a traveling Braider as a high school student and would braid clients’ hair in the comfort of their own homes. I continued braiding though out my 12th-grade year and college years to take care of my child/children and myself. Once I moved into my own place, I started braiding in the comfort of my own home in my kitchen (history repeats itself)!
After college, I stopped braiding and found a job in my career field as an occupational therapy assistant. At this time I had 3 kids and was working long hours. After I had my 4th child I knew it was time for a change bc working just wasn’t enough.
In 2016, I found a more flexible job in the school system as an occupational therapy assistant which allowed me to start back braiding in the comfort of my own home for more income. I was back braiding as a “hobby” just to make ends meet at the time. Boy did God have something in store for me! I was braiding just about every day!
I even braided when I got off work. I started providing/advertising hair loss braiding services to Alopecia clients around 2017-2018 and I taught my first one-on-one braid session back in 2018. All of these “New” areas I was stepping into made me think about the love I have for HAIR!
Fast forward to March 2020 the US was in a Pandemic crisis… COVID! This crisis pushed me in so many ways! It made me step out on faith and believe that My God had greater in store for me. I applied for my LLC, EIN, Business account, etc in June 2020. I told myself I was determined to open my own salon.
I started braiding in front of my friend’s clothing store in august 2020. My goal was to have my own braid salon within 6 months. In Nov. 2020, I found my salon and opened on Jan. 4, 2021, Braided Beauties by SaturaStyles!
From 2020-present, I’ve become a certified hair loss practitioner specializing in hair loss braiding, held multiple group braid training classes, 1 on 1 braid classes, community outreach events, donated my services and/or goods to group homes for children, etc. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Things weren’t always smooth as I was a single parent of 4 by the time I started back braiding.
I needed that second income so that I could stop feeling like I was just living from paycheck to paycheck. My biggest obstacle was childcare!
I’m thankful for my “village” who helped me with my kids while I was working, braiding, going to school, etc. My “village” really made things easier for me!
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Braided Beauties by SaturaStyles?
Braided Beauties by SaturaStyles consists of myself and 2 other braiders/stylists, Latarsha fields (@perfectplatzbytarsha) and Bryonna Lachea (B.Lachea & CO). We provide services for all your hair care needs including braids, natural hair care, kids’ styles, locs, etc just to name a few.
I specialize and am known for providing authentic braiding services for hair loss/Alopecia clients. I am also a braiding mentor for children and adults as they are working on perfecting their craft during their braid careers.
I feel that the hair loss braiding sets me apart as I’m able to be the most authentic Braider that I can be. I really have a love for braiding and making people feel good all over. I love a challenge.
I am proud of my growth in hair loss braiding and in the hair industry. I’m able to inform my clients about healthy hair and their hair in general. I’m proud to be able to leave a legacy for my kids & more!
I’m looking forward to a bigger space, expanding my brand, travel braiding, & much more!
One of my goals is to network and find out what I can do to receive grants for people who want to get into the braiding industry as a career.
Braiding should be offered at trade schools and should be able to qualify for grants as hands-on experience in my personal opinion. The Beauty industry is a multibillion-dollar field and would be a great career field for more braiders to get into.
- Website: www.braidedbeautiesbysaturastyles.com
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