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Submitted by Douglas Newsom on 16 May 2021

Hair Head and Heart with Mary Reed-Johnson

This is a safe zone to discuss universal issues. We want you to know better, do better and be better.
Mary Reed-Johnson

Hair Head and Heart is about wellness and empowerment. This nationally syndicated show is hosted by Cosmetology Instructor, Industry Advocate and Author, Mary Reed. She comes from behind the chair to discuss universal topics and share passion and insights that can help you know better, do better and be better. 

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Hair Head and Heart , December 20, 2017 Depart Smart Safety Travel- Sheryl Hill
Hair Head and Heart , December 13, 2017 Zari - Eyebrow Threading
Hair Head and Heart , November 29, 2017 Health Care Pie - Kent Barker, The Walking Man
Hair Head and Heart , November 22, 2017 Beyond Head Counts
Hair Head and Heart , November 8, 2017 How to Get Rich in the Hair Business- Kerry Hines
Hair Head and Heart , November 1, 2017 Chemo-Girls: featuring Jon Richards
Hair Head and Heart , October 25, 2017 Good Times in Minnesota
Hair Head and Heart , October 4, 2017 Responsibility, Exploitation and Truth
Hair Head and Heart , September 27, 2017 Small Business Development - Patty Hooey and Ezra Kazee
Hair Head and Heart , September 20, 2017 Winter Hair Loss - Transitions & Treatments
Hair Head and Heart , September 13, 2017 NACD Business Expo Interviews
Mary Reed-Johnson
Writer, Business owner, workshop presenter and consultant, cosmetology instructor, health, wellness and cosmetology industry advocate

My life experiences are broad and far reaching. I am a consummate advocate and cheerleader. My background includes skills as an author, writer, folk artisan and case manager for a federal job program.

Though both my parents are African American, we did not have the same hair types and from the earliest age I was responsible for grooming my own tresses.

My organically developed skills have served me well over the years. It was not until I opened my first salon in the 1980’s and hired an indigenous braider from Sierra Leone did I begin to understand that my styles had names. I began to travel around the country and Canada learning more. Through the journey:

  • I was licensed initially as a natural hair care specialist in New York

  • Served as a contributing writer, presenter or announcer for hair and non-hair related media including  writing a book about dreadlocks in 1999

  • Became the First Hair Braiding Folk artisan endorsed by the Minnesota State Arts Board

  • Became a licensed cosmetology instructor, industry advocate, manager and service provider

  • Was asked to testify in front of MN legislature twice for hair related issues

  • Have served on several hair and non hair related boards and serve as an advocate, mentor and guide for many professionals and lay persons

  • Created Hair, Head & Heart for AM 1570 (twin cities wellness radio) and have moved to internet radio to reach an international market.