Kiasha Madave has solidified herself as one of the top hair braiders and stylist in Northern California as well as within the Central Valley. Madave has well over 30 years’ experience as a professional braider. As a successful entrepreneur Madave independently opened her very own braiding salon entitled “Cali Braids,” which stemmed from her love of braids and the state of California.
Her salon is currently located in Stockton, California. With her unique braiding styles, and creative vision Madave has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States. She knew early on how beneficial it’d be to work for herself rather than others.
This year on Sunday, April 8th marks the 2nd year for the annual hair show competition presented by Cali Braids. There is also a $1,000 grand prize for the winners of the competition.
“There will be a fantasy style runway like the old school hair shows,” Madave says. “We’ll be creating different costumes and hair pieces for the models. There’s a kid competition, it’s a family event that will have an opening act, radio hosts, vendors, food, fun and a safe environment.”
Madave, has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Heald Business College. In 2015, she created Cali Hair Care, and Cali Natural Care an organic hair and skin cream product line selling throughout the United States.
As an entrepreneur Madave must balance home, life and career. She actively participants with her children’s school, extracurricular activities, and more. She is a mother of 8 and a grandmother of 3. Recently, she joined the Alpha Omega Theta Sorority this year.
“It is very hard. I created Saturday and Sunday as weekend family time,” Madave says. “While during the weekdays is for kids, practices, businesses. I put everything in a calendar to know how much time to spend with clients.”
Her company, “Cali Braids,” often donates time, resources and scholarships to the Urban Heat Academy, to assist inner city youth with their educational and life goals. Also, Cali Braids offers gift certificates, back to school back packs, offers free hair styles for kids as well as donate to churches.
Madave has some helpful tips for those aspiring to get into the hair industry.
“Don’t be just a braider, go to cosmetology school. At one time you didn’t need a license to braid hair but to wash hair you need a license because it opens doors. Educate yourself, do your research and be a student of the craft.”
Sista 2 Sista, is a hair school created by Madave that will empower young women to become young professionals and to enhance business relationships. The school will help instill pride in its students for their work. To find out more about Sista 2 Sista hair school please visit https://calibraids.wordpress.com.
For more information about the Bay Area Hair Show or to get discount tickets and registration please visit 2018Bayareahairshowcompetition@eventbrite.com. Tickets are $20 online and $30 at the door. The doors open at 3pm and the event starts at 4pm on Sunday, April 8th at 12250 Skyline Boulevard in Oakland, CA.