We had the good fortune of connecting with Bilnesha Tillman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bilnesha, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
One of my favorite quotes would have to be the mission statement for the business. Nature’s Beauty Room,therapy not only for your hair,but for your Soul! This slogan has come to life in the day to day operations as the owner and Natural Hair Stylist at Nature’s Beauty Room. Located at 235. N. Broad St.Griffith Indiana 46319
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What set me apart , is my personality and humor. Being able to say something while working on someone’s hair and they’re comfortably and willingness to open and and have a vulnerability to you. Trusting that what they share with you is in a safe place, and anything that they recieve back comes from a place of love. Im excited that Monday-Friday I get to do a service that I never thought would be a career choice for me but I’m so glad that I get to do something that I really enjoyed doing as a means of income. Being intrigued at a young age about learning to braid I asked my mother to teach me. My sister and I doing different styles on one another,would cause others to ask who would do our hair and can we do theirs the same way. Doing classmates and other in the neighborhood a clientele began to form. Not wanting to go to others home doing hair without an license, I decided to go to school for Cosmetology. Just for a license so I wouldn’t be doing hair illegally out of someone’s home. During school I had a time were I decided to cut my hair into a afro and not put any more relaxer in it. At this time noone in my age group were even bold enough to cut off the majority of their hair ,but I did! I decided at this time that, I wasn’t going to put anymore chemical relaxer in my hair and anyone else either. With years of wearing my hair natural I decided to loc my hair. While in this process I met a beautiful couple though my friend Shanai Woodson ,Thomas and Kim Harris they were opening up Natural Rootz an all natural haircare salon and needed stylist to come work in their facility. Me being afraid I declined the offer and put the invite on hold. Thomas made several attempts to ask if I was ready to come be apart of the Natural Rootz team but to no avail. Some time later I was speaking on the phone to a friend of mine Annisa Bailey who works for the electrical company in our area. She said I spoke with a man today and they are looking for someone to come work in their salon. I said to her, it better not be that place called Natural Rootz, she said how do you know, I said they have been trying to get me to come there for months, that must be my conformation. I went in and they welcomed me with opened arms. This is where it all hit me. I decided in that place that I could do this job everyday and it wouldn’t bother me to do it at all. I had found my niche. Doing what came natural to me and enjoying it while being able to earn a living. It not going to work when you doing something you love. I learned many lessons along the way, everything has a reason and a season. I desired to go to college for psychology so I could pick at other brains to see just what was going on inside of the heads. I realized that though the year I have the best of all I desired. Individuals sit in the chair to get hair styled and I get asked questions and their share some of the most intimate thought and experiences with me. I cherish the role I have because it is a blessing for someone to trust you with their crown. God has blessed me in so many way I can’t even began to express them all. I will just say,Nature’s Beauty Room, therapy not only for your hair but for your Soul!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If someone were visiting Northwest Indiana for a week ,I would have to say breakfast a The Scrambled in Dyer. Paint Therapy at Nature’s Beauty Room in Griffith, Poetry at Spotlight in Gary. We would definitely have to have Fish Nuggets at Simply Seafood in Gary. Have my Turkey Tips smoked by Jermaine Williams (Gary). Get some word in at Family Christian Center in Munster.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Michael Tillman Sr. My spouse has been one of the greatest supporters though my many ideas without God and him pushing me to go higher and further,it would have been difficult.