Company: C.O.D.A. Curls
Location: Vestavia Hills, Alabama, United States
Kisa Powell, Owner at C.O.D.A. Curls, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in hair care entrepreneurship.
After receiving her cosmetology license in 2009, Ms. Powell enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in 2010 and was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan and provided haircuts for everyone in our unit. Even during her service, she pursued her passion acquired during her childhood of styling hair and worked as a stylist with her fellow female soldiers, and prospered as a professional stylist with the Supercuts franchise for seven years.
Upon returning to the United States in 2015, Ms. Powell resumed her cosmetology and hairstyling career and began spearheading a deaf friendly salon culture, having grown up in a household with deaf parents communicating with American Sign Language. Her successful salon, which she founded in 2010 in Vestavia Hills, is C.O.D.A. Curls, with the abbreviation standing for Child of Deaf Adults. Ms. Powell offers hairstyling classes for the deaf community and volunteers in beauty schools to teach the correct way of caring for hair.
Ms. Powell attributes her success to her passion, willingness to do hands-on classes, and the love and support of her father. As her career highlight, she cites starting her own business and being on her own, serving an underserved community. She loves it when her clients see the final look of their hair and love the results.
In the near future, Ms. Powell would like to open her own all-inclusive beauty school with interpreters and with facilities for disabled individuals. She would like to bridge the gap in the beauty industry that, in her opinion, is still largely segregated. In addition, she would also like to work with the Talladega School for the Deaf and help create an after-graduation program to help them find employment, and would like to start her own line of hair care products.