Charlotte Mensah is the name in afro hair. She’s won Afro Hairdresser of the Year three times in a row and counts Erykah Badu, Zadie Smith, and Edward Enninful as close friends and clients. Adding to her many accolades, Mensah has recently been inducted into The British Hairdressing Awards Hall Of Fame.
British-Ghanaian Mensah got her start at the London College of Fashion. She then interned at the legendary afro hair salon Splinters under the apprenticeship of renowned hairstylist Winston Isaacs. Once she’d built up a rapport within the British hair industry, Mensah decided to launch her very own salon, The Hair Lounge, on Portobello Road in London.
The Hair Lounge offers a wide range of unique treatments for afro and multitextured hair, including shiatsu head massages, salt scrubs, and hair steams. With help from The Prince’s Trust, the rapid growth of The Hair Lounge inspired Mensah to launch The Charlotte Mensah Academy. The academy aims to educate young single mothers in Ghana, empowering them with the entrepreneurial skills to support themselves and their families.
Mensah is also the proud founder of the award-winning Manketti Oil Luxury Hair Care range. The line is specifically formulated for afro and multitextured hair, using the effective but light ingredient Manketti oil. She’s also launching some exciting new products this September. Mensah recently sat down with POPSUGAR to discuss how she became one of the biggest names in afro hair in the UK, plus one of the most sought after hairstylists in the industry.