Nivea Earl has been doing African-style hair braiding for the past 16 years.
“So it’s just kind of like a love and a passion for me,” she says.
Earl decided to open a hair braiding shop in Jacksonville, Arkansas, three years ago.
She soon learned that she first needed to go to school to become a licensed cosmetologist. Trained, not in braiding, but in cutting, dyeing and washing hair. Even though, as a hair braider, she wouldn’t do any of those things.