This is my personal tribute those individuals that we celebrate for their influence, beauty and talents. All of these people are very special to me because I couldn't be a Celebrity Hair Stylist with out them... Eachof thema story of their own. I am Honored and grateful for the blessing they have been in my life. and I thank God for them. Keep in mind that they are just people dong the very thing that makes them happy.
Photo Courtesy of Bobby Quillard
I remember the first time I saw Tasha. She was breath taking. Her skin was flawless " even without makeup, 'I thought to myself.'" She sounded exactly like she did on TV and she spoke extremely loud even when she didn't think so, which is exactly what was going on that day. It was a quiet Thursday afternoon in the salon and I had just finished doing a weave on another client of mine named Shay.
I couldn't help but notice that Tasha was watching my every move as I performed my hair cut on Shay. I must admit, the hair cut was bomb, if I do say so myself. If I recall correctly, it was a short point cut bob with lots of choppy layers, a blunt cut nape, disconnected sides and bangs. The cut was amazing, but lets just say... I was even more AMAZING! LOL! I stood her up for balance, had her turn upside down to cut the layers and I even had her kneel down in the seat of the chair while asking her to lean out and over to cut a face framing fridge. I went all out for this cut. I figured you only have a few opportunities to shine and I certainly wasn't going to miss mine.
In the moment and very aware of my surroundings, I couldn't help but listento her conversation on the phone with her girl friend talking about me. "Gurrrl" she said, " I'm at the salon and this dude is cutting the mess outta this girls hair. "Girl Hell Naw' he just had her turn upside down. girl you need to go to him, he IS BAD! I was so excited to hear those words coming from her! That was a huge compliment and I was beyond flattered. After I finished, I made sure Shay tossed that hair on the way out the door"END SCENE!"
As Fate would have it, not a month had passed and her stylist went on maternity leave. Guess what? That's right! Tasha came looking for me!
So I was standing at my station working as usual. My back was to the door and I was busy doing my thing when I heard this Loud Tasha Smith Voice! "Who is Rico Jackson?" she yelled. "that's me" I replied. Without hesitation I turned around and walked up front , introduced myself and the rest is still going on at this very date. Tasha has become one of my best friends, confidants and long time clients. we've worked together for the last 14years strong.
Of all my clients, I can honestly say Tasha and have grown up in the industry together.. Our accomplishment have parallel over the years. Thanks to the beautiful brown girl with the beautiful hair I have been able to sore and sustain. Working with Tasha has been quite an amazing journey and I am so grateful to have her in my life.
I love you Tasha Smith