Karen Wilson


Karen Wilson is a licensed cosmetologist and instructor with over 15 years experience in the beauty and hair industry. Karen is the founder and Chief Styling Specialist of Karen Wilson Natural Beauty – a natural hair care business educating women on the beauty of natural hair. 

Committed to educating women on loving and styling their own natural hair, Karen developed the Kurl Talk: Learning to Love Your Hair One Strand at a Time educational series. This series was designed to teach participants about ways to adopt healthy hair through a healthy lifestyle, and further complements Karen’s other educational platform Home Hair Parties – educational parties for women transitioning to or newly wearing natural hair.   

Karen is the Public Relations Chairman of LB Beauty Education Foundation, a non-profit organization providing business education to beauty industry professionals. Karen’s broadcast credits include her features as a regular commentator and natural hair care expert for CBS News WTVR’s two-part report on perceptions of natural hair in the African American and professional community as well as CBS News WTVR’s This Morning Virginia coverage on “The Science behind Healthy Hair”,  “Natural Hair Styles’ “Summer Natural Hair Care” and ‘Protective Styles”. Besides broadcast segments, Karen has been a featured presenter at several natural hair workshops and seminars in Virginia, North Carolina, Philadelphia and Texas.  She also teaches workshops at Taliah Waajid’s World Natural Hair and Beauty Show in Atlanta, Ga.  Karen’s print credits include regular contributions to Beauty Times magazine. Karen also has been highlighted in print media as a voice for women to encourage them to love their natural hair.

Karen received a dual Master’s in Social Work – Urban Studies degree from Michigan State University and currently resides in Richmond, VA.