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Expert Content Series 

Feat. Jamal Edmonds & Alisha Jared

Jamal's Journey

My name is Jamal Edmonds, a native Washingtonian and I have a strong passion for the beauty industry. I’m a salon owner at the Lamaj in The City, a Mizani educator, and celebrity stylist.

About 5 years ago my journey in the hair industry took a turn, I was meeting clients and ladies that had beautiful natural curls, but didn’t know what to do with them, or what product they should use. I started to dig deeper, and noticed there was an entire group of women that were neglected and I wanted to help.

I started researching textured hair/curl type, how it grew, what the hair needed, and how it responded to products and chemicals to give myself a better understanding. And, what I didn't realize while doing this research was that I was starting to build a loyal client base, as well as, educating my clients and other stylists along the way. Today, I have been noticed in my industry as a leader in textured/curly hair and I am proud this accomplishment.

Jamal's Tips & Tricks

My favorite line is Mizani, textured hair needs the proper balance of moisture and protein. Mizani is the perfect product line for texture hair. Moisture Fusion Gentle Clarifying Shampoo is great and should always be your first shampoo. Clients with curly hair tend to use about 3 products when styling at home, \ when they come into the salon you will need to remove product build-up.

I always follow up with Mizani Moisture Fusion Moisture Rich Shampoo, it has a ton of moisture and that’s what textured hair needs the most. Moisture Fusion Intense Moisturizing Mask is a great mask that will also add moisture, if you need to strengthen the hair you should use Mizani’s Strength Fusion Treatment.

Product Must Haves:

  • Mizani 25 Miracle Cream (leave in cream)
  • Mizani 25 Miracle Milk (leave in spray)
  • Mizani Perfect Coil Oil Gel (styling gel for Wash and Gos)

Hot Tips for Textured Hair:

  1. Remember to analyze the hair during consultation to find the texture type and treat it as such. Higher curl types may require a product with more hold and there can be multiple curl types on one head.
  2. Always detangle in small sections, and detangle before, after and during your shampoo.
  3. Make sure the hair is properly towel dried before you apply your conditioner. Use as much product to fully saturate the entire head.

Jamal K. Edmonds,
Owner and Creative Director,
Lamaj in the City 

Lamaj in the City: 202-518-5482
Mobile: 703-488-0896

Alisha's Journey

I’m Alisha Jared, a bridal hairstylist, educator, and content creator in the Southern California area. I have been in the hair industry for 6 years now.   

The number one comment I get on my Instagram is how “easy” I make things look. As an educator, this thrills me! However, it wasn’t always this way. Continually practicing hairstyles has helped me to better my craft, but it’s currently also keeping me productive in an unprecedented, otherwise unproductive, time.  

Practice makes perfect! I cannot tell you how often I heard those words as a child. It’s still true all these years later and there is no time like now to get started. 

A mannequin (my favorite is the “Louisa” mannequin from @limage_gmbh), some bobby pins and elastics, and your favorite styling products (@moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray and Luminous Hairspray Medium are my go-to!) are all you need. 

Alisha's Tips & Tricks

Browse Instagram or Pinterest to get inspiration. Whether it’s the hardest style you can imagine recreating or basic braiding techniques, the most important thing is to practice. I spend at least 4 hours per week practicing things I’m not 100% confident in. I do them over and over until I feel that I could recreate them on any head of hair I come across.  

Confidence in bridal styling is imperative. Don’t be intimidated! After all, it’s just hair! Step outside your comfort zone. You’ll be surprised at what you can create. 


Alisha Jared Hair Artistry 

Bridal Hair + Makeup