Syreeta Skinner

by Terry Watson | September 13th, 2018
Syreeta Skinner

Syreeta Skinner

When asked to describe herself, Syreeta Skinner is very modest in her response. “I’m a uniquely creative and talented woman”. The 39 year- old mother of one handsome son was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is one who has a zeal and passion for life and making the most out of it.

Her creative side was birthed as she developed an interest in fashion and beauty while attending Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School. She attended the Hair Design School in Greensboro, NC in 2012 and later graduated in 2013. She then decided to get her natural hair care license. Syreeta is also a “devacurl” coach and educator.

“When it comes to styling hair, I take a personal, holistic approach to meeting the needs of my clients. Still, I want to do more than my client’s hair. I build relationships through creatively styling and get to know my clients and who they are. Helping them maintain healthy hair, is a bonus,” she says.

Syreeta says her journey has come with a few ups and downs. “I worked in management at a company in Greensboro for almost 10 years. In 2012, I was let go. I then decided to pursue beauty school. In 2015, after getting my natural hair care license, I decided to pursue styling full time,” she says. Being an entrepreneur can be very challenging just as well. Syreeta says it can be a blessing and a curse. “When you are the owner, operator, manager, first employee, and first client, no one is going to be there to stand over you to make sure things get done. If you don’t do, it doesn’t get done. I had to change my mindset from working for a company to building my own. That was very difficult,” she says.

“As a new stylist most people did not want to give me a try. I did not have the clientele, but the skills were there. I remember packing up all my hair supplies out of my home, and being determined to find a salon to work in. I am thankful that I was able to cross paths with Kisha Davis of Elite Styles Salon. She gave me my first chance,” Syreeta says. “Beauty school does not prepare you for the salon. I struggled to build my clientele and meet my booth rental fees. Not wanting to create a lot of debt for myself, I decided to leave the salon and go back home to regroup. During that time, I learned of a local natural hair stylist, Shennan Scott, who was looking for an apprentice. I decided to reach out to her for mentoring and an opportunity of an apprenticeship. She looked at my work and invited me to work with her at Soul Flower naturals boutique. I found my voice as a stylist and I began to grow.”

Syreeta says her sister, Shante Woody is the driving force behind her company and brand. Many days Syreeta wanted to quit and give up but having her sister’s encouragement kept her going. Outside of styling hair, Syreeta operates as a seamstress and an aspiring makeup artist. She brings to life the images her clients have for themselves by making custom clothing, and with personalized hair and makeup services.

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