A few months back, we announced our Expert Curl Council—a group of dermatologists, trichologists, and stylists who are going to be sharing their expertise on hair and scalp health. Today, we want you to meet Expert Curl Council member, Dr. Kari Williams, who is a Board Certified Trichologist & Licensed Cosmetologist. Keep reading to learn things she can’t live without, her best curl advice, and more!
Q: What’s your name and your specialty?
A: My name is Dr. Kari and I am a hairstylist and trichologist. Trichology is just this fancy way to say that I’m a specialist in hair and scalp disorders. So, I know everything about the science of hair. I’m located in Los Angeles, California, and I specifically work with naturally, curly, coil hair.
Q: How did you get into trichology?
A: I came across this word, trichology, in an Essence magazine. I researched it, and that led to me looking for graduate schools. Next thing you know, after college, I’m enrolling in this master’s program and I’m pursuing trichology, and it has definitely benefited me and my journey as a hairstylist. As a cosmetologist, I studied all forms of beauty. So, not only hair, but skin and nails as well. That relates to trichology because trichology is just a branch. It’s a branch of dermatology, but, again, it focuses more on the scientific study of hair and scalp.
Q: What is a beauty product you can’t live without?
A: I love cocoa butter. So, I would say lotions, body butters that include cocoa butter or just cocoa butter itself. That would be my go-to beauty product. You can put it on your skin, your hair, and your lips.
Q: What are three things you can’t live without?
A: Three things that I can’t live without: the chili lime tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s, music by Drake, and Alkaline water.
Q: Aside from your family, who would you want to be quarantined with?
A: That’s a tough one. Oh, I know who I would want to be quarantined with: Halle Berry. I love me some Halle Berry. Get all the beauty tips, all the fitness tips, and I would come out of quarantine extra, extra fly.
Q: What are your quarantine care tips for curls?
A: My quarantine haircare tips for curls would be to keep them clean and keep them hydrated.
Q: Who is your hair icon?
Brandy is my hair icon. I grew up watching Brandy, wanting her braids, I wanted every braid style Brandy ever had. She is definitely my go-to hair icon.
Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: The hidden talent that I want to share with everyone is that I am a great cook and a baker. I’ve always liked to bake. I had my Easy Bake Oven as a kid and now that I’m older, I’ve been exploring more than cakes. I’m pretty good at it.
Q: What is your favorite food?
You know, I’ve been craving garlic noodles and crab. Oftentimes when I have a craving, it’s garlic noodles and crab, so I’m going to go with that.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
My new guilty pleasure are toffee covered peanuts.
Q: A favorite question here at Deva, Beyoncé or Rihanna?
A: I plead the fifth because I’m a hairstylist and I want to do both of their hair one day. So, I’m going to be diplomatic and say both.
Q: What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?
A: I’m currently reading a book called The Untethered Soul, and I’m really enjoying it. I am watching Dead to Me on Netflix. I’ve been listening to the artist, Sir. He has a new album called, Chasing Summer.
Q: Why did you decide to become a member of the DevaCurl Expert Curl Council?
I decided to become a member of the Expert Curl Council with DevaCurl because I’m just really passionate about education, building community, connecting with women, especially women with curly hair. So, when I was invited by DevaCurl to be a part of this council, to do just that, to really reach out to women with curly hair and to be able to provide them additional education and access to experts like myself, to really help them understand their hair–I was on board. I’m all about building those connections, building those relationships, but, most importantly, really helping people with curly hair understand their hair. So, I’m just excited to be a part of the council and to be able to provide and offer my expertise to all the curly girls.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
A: I’ve gotten a lot of great advice. I would say the first thing that comes to my mind, when I was in eighth grade, my mother had me memorize this quote. It’s actually advice that I can say has reflected through my entire life. It’s, ‘Start with what you have. Make something of it, and never be satisfied.’ I would say that’s the best advice I’ve received because throughout my journey, I always just start with what I have. I do something with what I have, whether it’s information, knowledge, resources, and I do the best that I can with that but I’m never satisfied with just that. I’m always pushing forward to learn more, to get more, to achieve more. It keeps life exciting.
Q: What is your best expert advice that you can give to the curl community?
A: My best expert advice to the curl community would be to develop a relationship with your curls, to develop a relationship with your hair. It’s so important to not only understand your hair, but to love your hair. So that when you start to make decisions about the products that you should use and the haircare regimens that you should develop for yourself, it’s personal. You know that it’s really going to serve you in the end and help you to achieve your hair goals.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Kari Williams and the rest of our Expert Curl Council!