Dr. Kari is a Licensed Barber, professional hair designer and stylist, natural hair care specialist, educator and consultant on proper hair care and products, Board Certified Trichologist through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners’, as well as the Founder and CEO of Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon and Trichology Clinic. In April 2013 Governor Jerry Brown appointed Dr. Kari as an Industry Member of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. In January 2014, she was voted in as Vice President of the Board.
Dr. Kari is passionate about hair styling and education. She has merged her passion and degree to create a business that caters to a market that is interested in natural hair and seeking guidance on how to achieve healthier hair.
As an educator and speaker, Dr. Kari has also had the opportunity to work with a number of product companies including: Eden Bodyworks, Viviscal, Shea Moisture, Sof’n Free, Curls, Carol’s Daughter and African Pride; she has represented these companies as a guest speaker, presenter, workshop leader and product educator all over the world.
Dr. Kari’s reputation as a trusted stylist has led her to establish a relationship with some notable celebrities who include: Brandy, Jill Scott, Kim Coles, Jaden Smith star of “Karate Kid,” Leon Thomas III, from Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” and Lisa Gay Hamilton, just to name a few.
While doing various friends’ hair at UC Berkley, Dr. Kari noticed pronounced differences in the scalps and hair and corresponding self-esteem in the person. Curious, she began research on hair health and saw correlations between hair health and happiness. A mass communications major, she decided then that it was her purpose to inform and educate people about the importance of healthy hair. She graduated from UC Berkley in only 3 years, received her Barber’s license and traveled to Alabama to pursue her PhD in Trichology (the scientific study of hair and scalp.)
Believing in ongoing education, especially in an industry that is constantly changing, Dr. Kari furthered her cosmetology education by becoming certified in over 20 natural hair braiding and styling techniques with Taliah Waajid, and developed cutting and color techniques at the Vidal Sassoon L.A. Academy.
Sensing the lack of hair care for children, Dr. Kari created a hair education program for parents called Mahogany Babies. Through this program, Dr. Kari hosts seminars that provide parents with product information, styling ideas and maintenance strategies for their children’s hair (multiracial children, tweens and teens.) Dr. Kari understands that hair is an important part of our self-image and impacts our self-esteem; she also is keenly aware that many parents do not know how to care for their children’s hair. Dr. Kari’s program serves as a vehicle to advise parents on healthy ways to style and protect their child’s hair for a head full of healthy hair and assist in the promotion of the child’s self-esteem when they are older.
Today, Dr. Kari is one of the leading voices in the Natural Hair Care Movement. As the owner and operator of Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon and Trichology Clinic in Beverly Hills, CA, the only natural hair clinic in Greater Los Angeles, she provides education, instruction and styling services for her various clients. In addition, she has written 3 books on hair treatment and is regular contributor to blogs and periodicals.