Coming through depression, trauma and a broken heart, Anaya Kamara has birthed and sustained the Anaya Kamara Hair and Beauty Brand. The 2017 Women4Africa finalist talks about her dreams, being a brand and staying human …
Name: Anaya Kamara
Best Known For: Queen of Braids, Creative Stylist and the Anaya Kamara brand
Describe yourself in three words: Humble, hard-working and grateful
Previous occupation: IT Support Officer
12-month goal: To launch an App that will create jobs for unemployed hairdressers, barbers, make-up artistes and photographers
Describe your outlook & what makes your work, unique: I’m flexible with my team and clients, yet I deliver their needs.
Your greatest career highlights to date: Winning four awards in 2016. They boosted my profile and business
Is international appeal important to you? Yes. We are currently working on giving back to other countries, especially communities that are currently in need of empowerment
Most important piece of equipment you use in your career: The scissors, my hands and computer.
A typical day for you is: Facing clients and being hands on, doing what I love
What legacy would you like to leave? That anything is possible as long as you put your mind and action into it.
What is the hardest professional decision you’ve ever had to make? Choosing to remain a mobile hairdressing and beauty organisation. Some of our clients’ feedback is that we should be in a permanent space on the high street, but we choose to stay the way we are as we recognise that the future is digital and mobile.
Your biggest career mistake: None yet.
Most common & avoidable mistake you see in younger people in your career: Most young people have poor customer service and people skills. This is so common and serious, that I cover it in my first training I give my trainees.
Single piece of advice you give your mentees: Be very willing to change your mindset, implement the knowledge you have gained and give feedback to your mentor
You live in: Soho, London
Favourite food: Fufu and assorted meat vegetable stew
Biggest spiritual/life lesson you’ve learned: Don’t judge anyone and be grateful for the gift of life
What do you do for leisure? Walking and meditating on the word of God
One app or piece of technology you cannot do without: Instagram
Your most over-used word/phrase: “Stay focused and keep rising”.