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Coming from a family of hairstylists, at the tender age of five I fell in love with hair. It all began when my cousin came over to cut my mom’s hair. I was so intrigued that I knew I had to try it out! The next day my friend LaShawn came over and I asked her, “Do you want to play barbershop?” And she said “Yes, what do we have to do?” I said, “I’m going to cut your hair and give you a bob.”

I took her into my mom’s closet where she became my very first client and I started cutting her hair. Once I was done, all of her hair dropped to the floor and we switched places where I let her trim my hair. Needless to say, my mom was crying hysterically in shock which led to us getting in trouble with our parents. Our moms drove us to a local barbershop to fix our hair. To this day, Lashawn is still my client and our parents have yet to live it down!

I grew up in the inner city of Richmond, California where I was exposed to diverse nationalities which gave me the ability to service all kinds of people. At twelve years old, I fell in love with the beauty industry as I frequently performed services on my friend’s by doing their hair, nails and makeup for fun.


In my senior year of high school I interned at a Richmond, California salon called Cuttin’ Up where I serviced multicultural clients where it allowed me to work on all textures of hair. It gave me enough experience that I knew that working in a salon was what I wanted to do! I sought sound advice from some of the best beauty mentors, India Johnson and Kim Rice. I will forever be thankful for the support and education they provided me.


From there, I enrolled in Paris Beauty College in Concord, California while working at one of the top salons in the Bay Area, Jovance Salon & Spa in Vallejo, California. Once I graduated in 2003, I received my license and became a stylist full time at Jovance Salon where I gained tremendous experience and skills. 


When the pandemic hit in 2020, I reinvented myself and discovered that I not only wanted to do hair but also provide other services that I was passionate about including makeup, nails and waxing. From there I built my salon Paradise Luxe Beauty with the hope of integrating a luxurious and soothing salon and spa experience. My mission is to provide every client with personal pampering services tailor made for you!

I married my long-time childhood friend, Darnell Richardson in 2011. We have three beautiful daughters who I hope to inspire to be the best women they can be. My family is very special to me and motivates me every day. 



At Paradise Luxe Beauty, we are dedicated to providing the most innovative beauty and wellness services in a beautiful and relaxing environment. Offering services in hair, nails, make-up and waxing, we have just the service for you! Feel free to fill out this form to get in contact with us today!

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