Though the fact that she covers her hair and face has made it tough to convince people that she knows what she is doing, Hullema Reddick has been able overcome the hardship that comes with flaunting this part of her religion as well as prove herself to be a professional at what she does.
Reddick is a Color Stylist and Owner of HStylez, a hair studio in Philadelphia. Being a Muslim that wears a Hijab places her in a unique situation of acceptance. Her name, “The Covered Colorist” is an ode to both her faith and her passion for the hair industry.
Reddick, a native of Philadelphia, fell in the love with the art of hair styling at the age of 17. After styling the coifs of friends at school, she took her talents to the professional level, to becoming a licensed stylist. She was inspired initially by watching YouTube videos of color specialists such as Cynthia Lumzy and Guy Tang. Reddick’s creativity continues to grow wings as she has cultivated a style that is uniquely hers with highly boldly pigmented colors.
Not only is she just doing beautifully well in the entrepreneurial world, Fashion hair colourist, Reddick is changing the way we think about Muslim women and hair. For Reddick, being able to provide relatable inspiration oftentimes comes with backlash from those in the Muslim community because of her chosen profession. Some view it as a contradiction to her religious belief.
Not only is Reddick’s boldness reflected in her work, but also in her personal style. Where identities coincide in a world, she constantly has to prove that she is more than what meets the eye. Her salon, Hstylze Hair Studio, offers freedom to Muslim women as well as becoming a culmination of perseverance, focus, and determination to break through barriers within the industry.