Interview with Yene Damtew
Yene Damtew has made quite a name for herself as a go-to for unsurpassable standards of fashion-forward hairdressing. Being a self-starter far into her youth, Yene styled hair out of her parent’s home and enrolled herself early into cosmetology school at age 16. Upon graduating, the Ethiopian-American, California native launched her career and within six months she packed her bags and moved to Washington, DC, to become a hair stylist to the Obama Family. This life changing position allowed her to take her skills beyond the chair, collaborating with makeup artists and fashion designers doing covers and complete editorial shoots.
Her standard of excellence in both high fashion and classical hair, energetic attitude, tireless work ethic and her insatiable desire to keep learning has kept her far ahead of the game. Publications including Allure, GQ, Vogue, The Michelle Obama Podcast and others have featured her, noting her “Good Hair is Healthy Hair” philosophy with a modern edge keeps a roster of Hollywood and political elite happy and coming back.
With over 15 years of experience, Yene has worked in almost all areas of the industry. In 2015, Yene earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from Marymount University. She has opened two locations of Aesthetics Salon where she has created an inclusive community of top- rated stylist that fully embrace the concept of connecting and educating the everyday woman on haircare. In 2019 she launched her business mentoring program, The Academy which teach hairstylist how to focus on concise business strategies. Though currently busy with her own expansion, she still makes time to give back to the community and is an active board for empowering groups like The Color Vision and Habesha Networks.
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