EBS’ List of the Top Black Hairstylists

To Watch, Admire, & Learn From

At EBS, we’re a big fan of lists, we’re a big fan of talent, and we’re a big fan of combining those two things together in a conducive way so our stellar beauty community can learn, love, and appreciate the heck out of stylists who deserve our attention.

And this time, we’re bringing you a badass list of black stylists that we can’t let you live another moment without. We’re here to celebrate the work of these talented artists, ensure that you (the beauty community we know and love) are aware of their work, and provide you with the drool-worthy inspo you want and need to get through another long day of styling.

Ready to listen up, learn, be wowed, and add to your ever-growing list of wildly talented black hairstylists? We thought so. Get to scrollin’ through our list and get to ready to slam down on the follow button for every last one of these talented artists!

Pekela Riley

Nationally published celebrity hairstylist, educator, owner of Salon PK, and a kickass entrepreneur, Pekela PK Riley is an absolute must-watch, must-follow, and must-obsesses over black stylist.

A highly skilled, trend-savvy stylist who has been a formative pioneer in the Texture Movement that’s been steady sweeping the nation, Pekela Riley is the epitome of a master hairstylist.

Click the follow button on her Insta (like right now) for all the gorgeous hair inspo, tips from a #curlexpert, and behind the scenes looks at her celebrity styling (for Sean Paul, Jade Harrell, Soledad O’Brien, Michelle Williams, Diamond, Selita Ebanks, and so many more!).

Leysa Carrillo

Curly hair expert and vibrant hair colorist, Leysa Carillo is an absolute dream of a hair artist that we can’t stop gushing about. Not only is Leysa nationally recognized for her stunning and formative work in hair color transformations on textured hair, but she’s also a pioneer in artistic flair and creative hairstyling and coloring techniques.

But Leysa’s accomplishments don’t begin and end with styling and coloring—she’s also the founder of Forever Curls education and the Global Humanitarian Tour, a respected educator and panelist in the most influential beauty industry events and shows, and a pioneer in the curl movement.

Trust us, you can’t stand to live another moment without giving her a follow—smash that follow button now, you’ll thank us later!


Pearl The Stylist’s insta bio calls her the master braider, and you guys, she’s not kidding.

One small scroll through her feed (check it out right here) shows you that when it comes to knotless braids, feed-in braids, protective styles, faux locs, and an all-out badass look, she’s the real deal. The best part?

She’s got a team of braid professionals who are just as talented as she is and collectively, they make up Pearl The Stylist Studio (we highly recommend checking out the site).

The team behind Pearl the Stylist Studios believes in the beauty of protective styles, enhancing what clients already have, and loving the crown that’s already on everyone’s head.

Take a deep dive into her Insta and be prepared for all the braid envy!

Lacy Redway

Meet celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway—and be prepared to stalk her insta hardcore.

Lacy is truly the definition of an artist and her long list of famous clients is only the start of the proof of that (we’re talkin’ big names like Naomi Campbell, Natalia Dyer, Tamera Mowry, Jourdan Dunn, Tessa Thompson, FKA twigs—and the list goes on and on).

Jamaican-born artist Lacy literally does it all—from badass, intricate braids to sleek, sexy looks, she’s one of the most well-rounded Hollywood stylists out there and we are LIVING for her ‘gram feed.

Check it out here for some serious inspo!

Daisy Henson

Meet Daisy Henson, a complete curl professional! Daisy is the owner of the Curly Hair Salon located in San Diego, CA. She is an international educator of everything curls, and can instantly make your curls pop! 

As an industry leading hairstylist, she is part of the 2020 Cosmoprof Artistic Team and offers virtual education to help you perfect your curl techniques.

Check out her insta here to keep up with her latest classes and tips on everything textured hair. Her amazing talent does not go unnoticed, lurk her feed and get inspired!

Rachel Redd

From coiled, perfect curls to smooth, sleek styles to drop-dead gorgeous color melts that will—quite literally—make you melt, Rachel Redd can honestly do it all. This Atlanta-based stylist is a true hair artist in the purest sense of the word. 

An absolute pro at working with textured and natural hair, Rachel Redd is a must-follow if you’re looking for some inspo when it comes to clean, stunning hair coloring. From bold golds to rich browns to pops of blended reds, she’s an absolute master when it comes to creating beautiful looks with seamless color.

The best part? She’s got online education classes on the horizon. AKA, if you’re looking for a badass mentor, you’re going to want to follow Rachel’s insta (like right now).

Tiasia Garner

Tiasia Garner’s Instagram page flaunts her title as a wig maker and braid slayer—and you guys, we’ve never seen a title that’s so spot-on.

Tiasia’s talent seems to know no bounds (one look at her beautifully curated Insta overflowing with her clients’ drop-dead gorgeous looks will tell you that) and her braid versatility is unlike anything you’ve probably ever seen.

She’s focused on providing her clients with the fiercest, healthiest looks but she’s also consistently dropping must-have knowledge about wigs and braids (like her #wig101 and #braids101 story highlights on her insta) as well as the hair tips and tricks we all need in our lives.

But don’t just take our word for it—check out Tiasia’s mad skills for yourself—click to follow her on Insta here!

Love our list of the must-follow black hairstylists? We did, too—yeah, we’re a little biased, but, c’mon, you saw those stylists’ work, we’re not that biased (they’re pretty freakin’ incredible).

Do you know an absolutely stellar stylist we left off this list? Let us know in the comments! We’re all about sharing the love with this community, and you’re a part of that!

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