ABOUT

 

Curry a non-binary icon (they/them) is a native of Denver, Colorado and has been a resident of Nashville, TN since 1997.  They received their Bachelor’s of Science from Middle Tennessee State University in Theatre in 2006.  Following that they attended the University of California, Irvine and received their Masters of Fine Arts in Event/Stage Management.  After working for over 10 years in theatre with such cultural institutions as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and producing multicultural festivals they found that their creativity was still unfulfilled. 

Curry is a Nashville based Creative/Art Director for film and photography, Mode, LGBTQIA advocate, Black folx greatest hype human, Speaker, Jewelry Designer, and Master Hairstylist and Cololrist. To sum it up they are a creative entrepreneur, whose talent is endless. 

Always having had a personal love for beauty industry and a maternal grandmother who was a licensed cosmetologist it seemed that the natural choice was cosmetology school.  So in 2013 Curry attended the Aveda Institute Nashville and graduated at the top of their class, winning the PBA’s Beacon Award and Neill Edwin Full Potential Nashville Award. Combining their theatre and art experience with hair has allowed Curry the unique perspective of understanding how to conquer creative needs both behind and in front of the lens. Their hope is to further be able to use their knowledge to consult and work on large scale projects where both their hair and creative skills can be put to use.

Curry has since become a leader in the Nashville hair industry and is known nationally for their natural hair work, hair color and innovative creative direction. Featured by NPR, News Channel 4 Nashville,  V Magazine, Rolling Stones, Hairbrained, and others, Curry is also a stylist to several A-list natural hair clients and music industry professionals. They have spoken on many panels concerning hair, BIPOC, being an artistic entrepreneur, and modeling and body-positivity.  They are a public figuer in the Nashville area and beyond.

Curry brings an authenticity, passion and innovation to the industry concerning textured hair and BIPOC that is unparalleled.  They believe every human, regardless of gender, race, neurodiversity/divergency, body type or abililty, should be able to have a shining salon experience. Education should be interchangeable between client and stylist. Learning from each other is the Curry way. They want BIPOC folx to feel beautiful but empowered by the hair that blooms on their head and the light within them. 

 

Engaging the intersections between Race, Gender, Texture and beyond in the Salon industry, Curry seeks to educate other hairstylists behind the chair, not only on textured hair, but also on the realities of having Black folx in the chair and how the industry has been created to discriminate against BIPOC folx.

 

They have created Their own textured hair curriculum, Black Beauty School. Curry seeks to confront race and bias against Black textured hair in the industry in a way that is unashamed, bold, and reveals the beauty of textured hair outside of a European gaze and western patriarchal perspectives.

 

They are hugely influenced and inspired by their clients. They are inspired by Black folx, communities of color and their beautiful resiliency in a world that refuses to see their humanity. 

 

As an Art and Creative Director of film and photography, they enjoy creating unique design perspectives to show the beauty of Black folx and Black pop culture. They also enjoy educating and consulting with industry professionals to create authentic stories and skills surrounding textured hair  They hope that through their design and creative efforts young Black folx will see themselves reflected in their work.

 

Curry hopes they will be able renew trust within BIPOC and LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse/divergent , and disabled communities with respect to negative salon experiences and customer service. They also seek to continue to give ongoing, well-researched information about Black hair, getting rid of the misinformation one client at a time. They hope to blur the line even further in the industry by inspiring other stylists to offer quality hair services to BIPOC folx. They will continue to travel reaching out to clients beyond the Nashville area educating and inspiring others, allowing their creative mind to put Black folx in places of beauty where they should have already been. Reach out at beadandcowrie@gmail.com for more information on consultation and creative collaboration and projects.

"The education I received about how to care for, manage, and maintain my hair was above an beyond what I've ever experienced at another Salon. On top of that Amber gave me the most BOMB color of my LIFE"

- Client K. Cameron

"She's a beast in everything she does. A true guru."

- Client C.Timberlake

"Everything is on point. Amber is an Artist. Simple as that."

- Client R. Haynes 

"Amber is phenomenal! She is professional and TEACHES you about your hair as opposed to just doing it. Go see her!"

- Client W. Bradley

"Amber doesn't do anything halfway, which shows in the effort she puts into her hair care and into developing her own personal style and brand. She pours her heart and soul into her craft and the results she produces. Everything she touches turns to Gold"

- L. Silk Lane