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To Corenza Handy, “Hairstyling is more than a job; it’s an opportunity to help women build the confidence that is necessary for navigating through life.”
Women take their hair care management seriously. Collectively women spend inordinate sums of money on what they see as their crown of glory. Corenza not only recognises this seriousness by establishing her own salon, Kayhairnista Hair Studio, in Brooklyn, New York, in 2012, but is also driven by the “desire…to change and improve the way they feel on the inside and have it, in return, be exemplified on the outside.”
In 1985 she migrated from Guyana to the United States (U.S). In the U.S she successfully pursued an associate degree in Business Management from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and has taken additional courses at Brooklyn College. Corenza has also taken specialised professional courses at Beyond Beauty the Hair, Patric Bradley, Core Concepts, and Marina Lantos.
Corenza is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hair La Mode which manufactures and sells at least eight hair products, including Luxe Lavish Marula Hydrating Shampoo, Argan Oil Restorative Hair Mask, Shine Boost Thermal Protectant, Luxe Wrapping Foam, Luxe Remedy Hair Oil, Sleek Edge Control. Her business also has its own lip line, apparels, mugs and things. Visit her page here https://www.myhairlamode.com/ Presently there is free shipping on orders over US$75.00 (but not sure if this applies to international shipping).
In 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, whilst some faced uncertainty about their future, Corenza decided she was going to launch out and create her own product line. In an interview with another media outlet, she said the motivation behind the creation of Hair La Mode was the number of emails she received from clients and others seeking hair care solutions during the pandemic restrictions. Evidently, she understood that a pandemic could not stop a woman’s desire to keep her crown shining and well groomed. In fact, an unkempt/undone crown has an adverse effect on a woman’s self-esteem. If the hair doesn’t look or feel good, so does the body, thinking and action.
Hair LaMode’s products are designed for multicultural hair, including relaxed and natural hair, with a special line, Pixie La Mode, for short hair. In this era where women are sensitive about the ingredients that go into their hair, the products are free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, and mineral oils, which prevents additives from clogging follicles, and are also lightweight. The products are also said to be good for use on colour-treated hair and will “protect from damaging UV rays and environmental pollutants.”
To Corenza, Hair La Mode was the “best way to help clients who didn’t know what products to use or didn’t feel comfortable entering a salon during the pandemic.” A described master hairstylist, Corenza said she tried to figure out the best way to promote healthy hair growth. To her: “In our community, I’ve learned our hair needs a healthy scalp, healthy blood circulation and moisture in order for our hair to grow.” And to this end the products include all the “key ingredients that will promote healthy growth for all hair types.”
In ensuring she stays on the cutting edge of her profession, Corenza became a member of L.E.A.D. This is an educator’s program providing advancing education and support for stylists, “maneuvering beyond the chairs to educate large audiences.” Corenza Handy is a mini-Rhianna Fenty (Fenty Beauty) in the making. (Source internet).