Simone Parke
Naturalista of the Week

Who is Simone Parke?

Simone Parke is a licensed Cosmetologist and Natural Hair Specialist living in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the first official one-on-one consultant. Any person wishing to receive personalized advice about their specific hair type, techniques and growth tips, can set up an appointment with Simone by booking her here.

She currently works at an Aveda Salon called Tangerine in Nashville and also styles for weddings and photo shoots.

Like many stylists, she started her journey as a hair stylist while in college to make extra money. She began interning at a natural hair salon called Naturally You during the summer. The owner saw that she had a passion for hair and offered to pay her deposit to a Natural Hair Stylist program at school called Shear Majik. After graduating from Austin Peay State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in dance as well as completing the Natural Hair Stylist program at Shear Majik, she decided she would pursue a full license in cosmetology. She received her Cosmetology License from Aveda Institute in Nashville, TN this year.

She claims she is currently unmarried with a purpose. A very tenacious business woman, she inherited this acumen from her late father who passed in December of 2004. He was always encouraging her to pursue her goals. Just this year, she earned second runner up in the cut and style portion of the Beacon contest and received the highest sales per service “Ticket of the Month” at the Aveda Institute Nashville.

From her mom, she received her artistic ability. “My mom is my best friend and an awesome mother. We are always there for each other and support each other in everything that we do.”

Her parents are both Jamaicans. She was born in Miramar, Fl.

Even while hard at work in the beauty business, she still has time to give back to her community as she is currently working on a natural hair meet up group called "Back to the Basics" within the next few months. This event will help those who are transitioning as well as provide basic hair care advice and styling tips.

As an official Black Natural Hairstyles consultant, she is also the stylist being featured at the first Hair Lounge event on Monday, August 18. The Hair Lounge is an intimate, judgment-free conversation space where naturalistas gather virtually to address their hair concerns to a natural hair expert.

Simone is also preparing to go to Cape Town, South Africa for a Ten Days Missions Trip where she will be doing college campus outreach as well as partnering with a non-profit organization called Thembalitsha  to provide tutoring, Vacation Bible School and much more.

A strong Christian, she is passionate about seeing people come into a relationship with Jesus by just sharing what He has done in her life. She encourages every woman to embrace her natural beauty, “not just the outside but from the inside first.”

She believes her work is her calling and espouses Colossians 3:23 as her motto, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

How long have you been natural?

I began transitioning in 2007.

Why did you decide to go natural?

It was actually on "accident.” I was already stretching how often I get relaxers and my stylist at the time told me I could either grow my relaxed out or continue to stretch how often I get it and I would be just fine. The spring of 2007 I decided to stop getting relaxers and just wear my hair straight. In 2010 I saw my curl pattern for the first time and began my true natural hair journey from there, rocking my curls and loving it ever since!

What is your fave styling product?

I am really liking the DevaCurl Line (shampoo, conditioner, gel, leave-in) 

What is your fave natural hairstyle?

Too many to name! But I am currently loving flat twist outs and I love updos! 

- Week of August 17, 2014

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