With over one million locks twisted, the third generation owner of Legacy Locks & Natural Styles, talk show host, instructor, writer and lecturer the Hair Deva fuses her unique experience with a twist of historical, psychological and socio-political perspectives that enlightens her customers. In essence, it simply comes natural to her. She shares her natural hair philosophies and techniques with a diverse clientele that has included Eric Jerome Dickey, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Nakia Shine, James Alexander, and Shelby County Commissioner Henry Brooks. She is a natural hair care specialist who has worked with clients from a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds. Her experience also includes platform artistry and product consulting. She is a University of Memphis Alumni with a Bachelor’s in African American Studies, with a concentration in Race Relations and Interracial Communications, and she has successfully completed the Taliah Waajid Natural Hair and Braiding Seminar in Atlanta, GA and is skilled in over 23 techniques.
Pearl is a reoccurring guest on several talk shows, and in fall 2003 she hosted her first internet talk show on Blakeradio.com of New York, and for two years she hosted A Kinky (hair) Konversation, a live online chat on Itsmemphislive.com. She currently hosts A Kinky Konversation on www.innerlightradio.com, of Los Angeles whose topics are presented from a metaphysical, holistic & African Centered perspective. Her global presence via the internet has allowed her to interact with individuals from as far away as Sweden, Guam, London, Australia, Ghana, Grenada and the UK.
Her peers named her the “Most Talked About Natural Hair Stylist in Memphis.” (Madam C. J. Walker Hair Show in 2005) Her writing has appeared in several publications including B Visible and JetBLACK Magazines. Additionally, she has been profiled in Memphis’ Commercial Appeal and The Memphis Flyer. She is currently a contributing writer for Memphis’ Tri-State Defender.
The Hair Deva has built a reputation for her networking and community service, and was Co-Chair for N’COBRA, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America Memphis Chapter 2000-2002, and was an annual presenter at the National African American Student Leadership Conference at Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. In 2004 she founded N’HABA Natural Hairstyles & Braids Alliance…a network to provide info about natural hair styles, braids, product info and offer stylist referrals. In 2000 she founded Ida B. Sundays Networking Alliance. She is the Fairley High School class of 1978-79 Alumni Association President Memphis, TN.
The Hair Deva has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1988, and in April 2008 Walker was appointed by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to the State Cosmetology Board, and re-appointed in August of 2011 by Governor Bill Haslam, thus making her the first Natural Hair Stylist to serve on the board. She is the wife of King Adimu Ali, the mother of 9 Ether Walker, and is currently working on her first book "God Created Nappy Hair.” Visit Pearl at www.hairdeva.com