Denver Metro is consistently ranked as one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation. We continue to outperform the U.S. as whole with an unemployment rate is 3%, one of the lowest in the country. Great! Especially for the Black professional escaping the hustle of the urban cities in the east and north. Well…great until it’s time to get yo hair did. Moving to Denver can have its beauty and self-care challenges as a Black woman. The dry climate can wreak havoc on your hair and skin. To compound matters, black hair care and body care products, stores and professionals can be a challenge to find.
The scattered geography of Colorado’s Black community creates quite the challenge finding hairstylists that will lay tracks, 100% organic shea butter, or your friendly neighborhood Afrocentric spa. Don’t worry, I got you covered, Sis. Check out a few of my own favorite FUBU, go-to Black beauty and self-care resources in Denver.
Heal Thyself: Holistic Health Services
She-EO Dr. Rhonda Coleman, NOLA native, is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the founder of Watermama Acupuncture, a wellness practice offering eastern medicine treatments, massage, acupuncture services and more. Rossina Schroeer-Santiago owns Element of Discovery, a practice where she employs a blend of Person Centered, Solutions Focused Brief, and Cognitive Behavior Therapies. Coupled with empathy and encouragement, individuals will find they are better equipped to face adversities and sustain their victories. Her areas of focus are veteran/military issues, career counseling, depression, anxiety, grief & loss, and substance abuse all from a trauma and multicultural informed perspective.
Are you looking for a polished, professional and classy experience with your sew-in hair extensions? Then check out Boojie Beauty Bar & Co. Ms. Jasmine Douglas has crafted an elegant experience and top-notch service that lives up to the spalon’s name. Booji also sells hair bundles online and specializes in custom wigs. For an intimate 1:1 sew-in experience and a highlight color job that is on fleek, try Sahada Sesay at Studio Foil in Cherry Creek.
Relax a Little
For a hair relaxer that doesn’t compromise healthy hair or a short cut that is precise and all that, check out DC native and Master Stylist Shawn Stevenson at Studio 226. She literally did my hair for my high school graduation – and has been showing em’ how it’s done ever since – no rookie moves here.
Lock It Up
Regan Broadway, is Chief Loctician at Locxurious, located near the historic Five Points area of town and she and her natural hair care team have over 15 years of experience. Regan is booked out for at least 3 months and has a waiting list for new clients, but you’ll be able to book with anyone on team Locxurious.
Fitness Professionals and Personal Trainers
Fitness Guru Courtney Shelby , the C-Suite Wellness Coach, and FIT and NU are just two of a host of fitness trainers in Denver that will help you get them abs and thighs and glutes ALL the way together. Also check out Remembrance Wellness Yoga, yogi instructor for caretakers and activists. You’ve got to check out cool events like her Women, Weed and Wellness Mountain Retreat. Check out Black Girls Hike and Colorado Outdoor Afro for a fun and fit group outing in the mountains. If jump rope, winding or dropping it like it’s hot is more your fitness tune, then check out Double Dutch Saturdays at Brother Jeff’s Cafe or Sip & Dancehall for a soulful workout.
Facials and Skincare for the Gods
Tasha Madison, owner of On the Go Body Sculpt in Aurora, Colorado, gives a thorough, deep-cleanse facial and will hook your eyelash extensions all the way up. Check out her premium skincare services. Rhoda Design Group offers professional image consultation and makeover services including makeup, jewelry selections and more – all tailored for your style, brand and tones. Sedrique Olison is long-time make-up artist to the stars – local and beyond. You can schedule private appointments with Sedrique at Mykal Grant Salon in Northfield. My own makeup artist, Tina at Facemode Studio has the dopest intimate atmosphere and services for “all things face”. There’s nothing like getting your face beat while laughing and listening to a little Mary J. We love Tina.
Body Butters, Oils & Hair Products
Black Denver is poppin with “maker” sistahpreneurs who handcraft shea and coco products and more to keep your skin and hair hydrated and healthy in this dry mountain climate. Try Gem Scents Aromatics for rich, pure body oils, or Chubby Curls and Serein Naturals for hair butters, oils and sprays, or Akasha Be Well and Natural Urbanity for whipped body cremes and Heaven’s Signature for luxury herbal bar soaps. You can find Chubby Curls and Serein down at Brother Jeff’s Black Dollar Saturdays and several of the other sistahpreneurs carry their products at local beauty supply stores, like our black-owned Shay’s Beauty Supply. Finally, Akente Express, a pillar in the Five Points community, is like your 125th Street of Denver, for my New Yorkers. Here you can find oils, scents, jewelry and other afrocentric accessories and artifacts.
What’s your favorite Black-owned beauty, fitness or wellness business in Denver? Share in the comments below!
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