The Teen Magazine had an opportunity to interview Annagjid (Onn-ah-key) Taylor about her journey as a celebrity stylist. Believe it or not - she started doing hair in her parents basement. She is the Salon Owner of Deeper Than Hair, CEO of Shear Genius Collection, and Author of "All Hair is Good Hair".
What do you love most about being a stylist?
I love interacting with people and making people feel good about themselves. I also love the freedom of being able to create art and my own schedule.
What is your number one beauty tip? Hair care tip?
My number one beauty tip is that there is not any specific standard of beauty. There are not any rules or anything to detter you. If you think it is beautiful - then it is.
What is your go to style?
My favorite style is a ponytail. It is perfect for rain, snow, sleet, hail. You can wear it in any type of weather. It is something you can wear to the market or the runway.
Which celebrities have you personally worked with?
I have worked with Keke Palmer, Tiffany Haddish, Logan Browning, Ashley Featherson, Michelle Mitchenor, Amber Riley, Nafessa Williams, and Tika Sumpter.
Is there someone you have not worked with yet that you are desperate to?
There are many people I would love to work with, but my top three are Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, and Michelle Obama. I will roll around on the ground if I had a chance to work with Michelle Obama!
Which hair/beauty products and tools do you recommend?
Everyone needs to have a good serum to control the frizz for natural hair or heat protector. I love using flatirons because you can press, wave, and curl with it. I recommend using a Titanium flatiron.
Debunk the biggest hair myth you have heard.
People saying that black women hair is unruly and nappy. There is no such thing as bad hair. That is what my book "All Hair Is Good Hair" focuses on.
What advice would you give to young females seeking to pursue a career in hair, fashion, or makeup?
I would say to make sure it is a passion. You cannot do it for the money. Do not look up to people and think you are suppose to be next to them right away. Have faith and patience.
What other path would you have chosen if you were not a hairstylist?
Interior design. I love decorating and I am into making houses look pretty.
How did you overcome the hate and trouble you faced and what was the outcome?
What is funny is I did not have any hate at first. I had trouble with my family members - not my mom or dad because they supported me. It was more like aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandmother. They second guessed my vision and doubted me. They tried to talk me out of it because they did not think I could do it. It was not until three years ago until I started to see who was genuine and who said things about me. Although it hurts, I roll with the punches and do not let the hate break me.
Thank you Annagjid Taylor for being such a great influence on young women in the community.