We had the good fortune of connecting with Carmen Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carmen, is there something you believe many others might not?
One piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is doing something you love to make a living . From a person that was so in live with the beauty industry I can say that I have made certain decisions solely because I love what I do and this can be hindering in business. I believe you should like what you do to make money enough that you will not allow anyone to hinder it or short change you . Sometimes when you truly love something you are willing to bend more than you should when it comes to doing really good business !
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe what sets me apart is I am ok with being the only one doing something . I love the work that I have done in the natural hair community and in the womb health space . I have worked with celebrities, spoken on panels , and been interviewed by the Guardian because of my hard work and consistency I have put into making sure black women love the crowns that adorn their heads .
The lessons I have learned are to be fearless . Even if no one else doesn’t understand it do it . The vision was given to you so complete it and aww it through . Even if it is already being done no one can do it like you .
I want the world to know that no matter what I am an activist for my community in as many spaces I can best serve them .
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So I am currently living in Richmond , Va . On a Monday I would take them to a the dark room where you ca hear live music and singers . They also have a bar so if you want to drink you can do so . Tuesday we can go to the brewery and get tacos from y tu mama . Taste a few beers . Wednesday we can hit up Ace’s or Stadium and go to an R&B only night or watch sports and smoke hookah . Thursday and anٍD Sunday are good days to go the museums. And Saturday and Sunday are great days for brunch ! Bellos , Lulu’s , and Aces have an amazing brunch
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I can not discuss the Carmen D brand without talking about my friend Stacey . Without her there would be no HairbyCarmenD. I would have never tapped into the gift I already had . Upon helping her move across country she insisted we not go to sleep until we knew what my next move in life were going to be. At the time I was a graduate from Old Dominion University and I was waiting tables . I was making money but I wasn’t happy . I am so grateful for that . I can home that week and enrolled into cosmetology school ! The rest is history !!
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