These Women Are Reshaping Education


Every stylist has something that they are passionate about and pushes them forward in this industry everyday. At The Tease we are looking to find stylist’s passions and amplify them across the industry to make sure that they are heard by everyone, from the c-suites to those fresh out of cosmetology school. 

Adrienne Small and Damalia Majeed found their passion and that is EDUCATION. These two women are making impacts through their work at their academies and foundation. 

Damalia works behind the chair and is the founder of the Texture Prodigy Academy where the call to action is to bring awareness to Diversity and inclusion of textured hair to help cosmetology schools and stylists to understand that education on all texture is needed in order for the industry to grow. 

Adrienne Small is retired from behind the chair but keeps herself very busy with her HAIR COLOR CONCEPTS® ACADEMY, HAIR COLOR CONCEPTS® MAGAZINE and The Adrienne Small Foundation®. Adrienne’s goal through her foundation is to facilitate a space where teens, ages 13-19, interested in any aspect of the beauty industry, can learn from some of the best in the business on how to tap into this billion dollar industry. Her academy is to help professionals gain more confidence in their hair color skills and attract quality color clients at a premium price point.

Working to further our industry and not let stylists settle for their cosmo education, these women are inspiring and are following their passions along the way. Head to this week’s episode to listen to how they are working to change the industry. 

“I want to start helping these young stylists, not only understand technical but also understand the business behind it.”

“Having this as a career, you can go anywhere, go anywhere in the world with this. Anytime you work with your hand, or you have some type of creativity, you can make it.” 

“I like to be able to set their expectation. I don’t want them to go in and just settle for the education they’re about to receive. And so being able to bring in mentors… We know how to set a standard for these teen girls and we want them to understand that when you go into the business, it’s more than just making people look pretty.”

“We’re trying to make it even bigger, for them to understand, there are black girls in this industry that are ready to take it by storm, and we’re going to be the ones to teach them that.”

Listen to the full episode here or wherever you stream and head over to our Instagrams @Readthetease and @volumeupbythetease.

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Madeline Hickey

Madeline Hickey is the Digital Media Producer for The Tease and Volume Up podcast. Beauty is the name of her game. Think you have the perfect guest for the podcast? Let her know:

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