“Miss Laura” as she is casually and affectionately known to her clients, is a licensed cosmetologist with over 18 years of experience as a hair stylist and 10 years as a licensed professional in the hair care industry. Laura specializes in braiding and natural hair styling in the DMV area.
How I Got Started
Laura discovered her passion for hair at an early age when she successfully self-taught herself to braid. Throughout the years, family and friends trusted Laura’s gift and talent and utilized her services, which gave Laura the support and experience she needed.
While hair was always Laura’s first love, it was always a part of her destiny to attend college. Laura attended Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Business and a concentration in Management Information Systems. Laura continued to braid and do hair during that time. After graduating college, Laura began working for the United States government full-time, and although Laura’s path took a turn in a different direction professionally, her heart’s desire to one day become a professional stylist never wavered.
In 2008, Laura took a leap of Faith and enrolled in hair school. She attended Maryland Beauty Academy in Reisterstown Maryland where she graduated and received her license in 2009. Laura later created Gifted Hands Braiding & Hair Care Studio to provide braiding and mentoring services to young girls. Laura took the opportunity, while providing hair services, to form relationships and build a rapport with her younger clientele as a way to help guide and encourage them to be respectful, confident and motivated young women.
Laura is currently working at TrueCombo Salon & Beauty Bar in Glen Burnie, MD where she is continuing to learn and grow as a stylist. Her goal is to become a well-rounded professional in the hair industry keeping healthy hair at the forefront while embarking on making her own lane in the braiding and natural hair care world.
"Laura works magic! She is honest, professional, and extremely patient with kids. She saves my sanity every 2-3 weeks!"
"I took my daughter here and felt so at home. It was a peaceful experience and my daughter said it didn't even hurt. She has a lot of thick hair and Ms. Laura does an excellent job."
"Gifted Hands are exactly what Laura has. In my two styles (knotless braids and feed-in cornrows), she did not disappoint. She is very precise with her work and I received so many compliments! She is highly recommended for all your protective style needs."
"I honestly can't say enough wonderful things!! My granddaughter who usually cries at the mere mention of getting her hair done, is all smiles when she's told she gets to go see Miss Laura. Laura's thoughtfulness and calm demeanor make our 80 mile drive to see her very well worth it!"