Maria Thompson

Maria Thompson has been a Licensed Cosmetologist and an Artistic Master Braid Designer and Educator for the past 35+ years. Maria has been a creative influence as the industry has evolved with a wide range of techniques and styles to meet the needs of a growing and diverse customer base.

Maria specializes in elegant styles for the busy woman on the run. Her styles are designed to take 2-3 hrs, to create and 15 mins. To 1 hr to take out. Women today are on the go and do not want to spend eight hours in a chair getting their hair braided. Maria has developed a line of styles for women that can be worn to work, regardless of their professional position. In addition, her styles are flexible for vacations, social events and everyday living. The Sexy Sassy Curly Twists was created back in 1998, one of Twist & Curves signatures styles.

As a way of sharing her knowledge and new techniques with experienced and inexperienced Braiders, she has been very active in conducting workshops in the United States, France and in London, England. She has worked as an Educator at the Afro Hair & Beauty Show and Adornment, London; Taliah Waajid - Natural Hair & Beauty Show, Atlanta; Broner Brothers, Atlanta; Premiere Hair Shows, Orlando, Alabama, Ohio; IBS, NY, for the past ten years.

Maria's work has graced the cover of Modern Braids Magazine, and her creative styles have been featured in publications in the US, London and Paris. More recently in the October 2010, Essence Hot Hair Issue. She has written a question & answer column for Blacktress Braids & More magazine. The International Cosmetology Awards (TICA), awarded Maria Best Braid Designer, Best Cosmetologist and Best Braid Stylist of the year, in 1999. Golden Sissors Awards for Best Braider.

Maria's enthusiasm and creativity provides the fuel for her constant pursuit of new techniques and styles. Her energy and love of the profession drives her desire to share her creative styles with other professionals through seminars, workshops and training programs. For class information you can contact Maria on 860 523-4844.