Style Profile: Meet Charlotte Mensah
Award-winning hairstylist, owner and artistic director of the Hair Lounge salon, founder of the Charlotte Mensah Academy and an inspiration to stylists, business owners and women worldwide. She’s achieved all this and more through hard work unwavering self-belief and it also helps that she’s such a genuine, down-to-earth person.
Having trained at the London College of Fashion, Charlotte perfected her craft working under the ‘Godfather of British Afro Hairdressing’ Winston Isaacs, in the late 1980s. In 2003 she relocated her salon, Hair Lounge, to London’s famously eclectic Portobello Road. It’s here that Charlotte welcomes a constant tide of devoted clients, from TV celebrities to people who’ve walked through the door so many times they feel like old friends.
Charlotte’s phenomenal talent makes her a familiar face at industry events and award ceremonies. She was recently crowned ‘British Afro Hairdresser of the Year’ for the 2nd year running at the British Hairdressing Awards as well as winning ‘Afro Stylist of the Year’ at the BBSensationnel Awards making her also a two time winner. These awards sit at the pinnacle of an already impressive list of accolades that she has achieved in both hair & business. Charlotte has always been at the forefront of natural haircare maintenance and her ‘Natural Fix’ feature for Blackhair is now in it’s 10th year. You will also she her work featured in Black Beauty & Hair, Pride and Sophisticate’s Black hair just to name a few.
As education is close to her heart, Charlotte set up the Charlotte Mensah Academy holding workshops to pass on her skills to young single mothers in Ghana where she grew up, enabling them to build better lives for themselves and their families. She has also set up a charity, L.O.V.E. (Ladies of Visionary Empowerment), aimed at furthering education opportunities for young women in Africa.
Charlotte believes that your hair, needs to be properly conditioned and cared for, to look and feel its best. Having spotted a gap in the market for afro/mixed and curly hair types she has launch her own premium hair care range. Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil Collection is made using organic, ethical and sustainable sourced oils, these products not only deliver amazing results but also smell divine. The luxurious formulas are as kind to the earth as they are to your hair.