The Back to Me Project: College and Beyond

87. Locs of a Goddess with Dr. Kari Williams

Episode Summary

Embracing the beauty of our natural hair starts with us. While the CROWN Act brought Black hair discrimination to the forefront, Licensed Barber, Cosmetologist, and Celebrity Hair Stylist, Dr. Kari Williams had already vowed to preserve our legacy by "locking" up the world one head at a time. As we continue to honor trailblazing women this month, Dr. Kari shares how her late mother's natural hair care journey inspired her to help young Black women fall in love with their hair. Find out how this Board-Certified Trichologist and Founder of Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon & Trichology Clinic, turned her vision and her business plan into an incredible reality. As the creator of The Goddess Locs, Dr. Kari offers certification courses for natural hair stylists and encourages you to embrace your own natural hair care journey one day at a time. Dr. Kari completed her Ph.D. in Trichology at the International Institute of Trichology and received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications at University of California, Berkeley. With over 20 years of experience as a natural hair care specialist, she served as President and Vice President of the California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown from 2013-2021. As the creator of Goddess Locs, a natural loc extension style that has changed the culture of black hair, she is also the founder and Chief Formulator of Beauty by Dr K, a new brand of healthy hair care products that have been formulated as a backed-by-science approach to healthier hair and scalp. She is building a global team of certified DK Masters and continues to create innovative ways to assist them in maximizing their potential through and her one-of-a-kind certification courses and webinars. Dr. Kari is a highly sought-after speaker, who has worked with a number of companies including Shea Moisture, Eden Bodyworks, Sof’n Free, Curls, Carol’s Daughter, and African Pride. She has represented these companies as a guest speaker, presenter, workshop leader, and product educator. Her reputation as a trusted stylist has led to her establishment of relationships with notable celebrities such as Brandy Norwood, Ava DuVernay, Meagan Good, Keri Hilson, Willow Smith, Kelis, Halle Berry, Ayesha Curry, Chloe Bailey, and Ciara. Her most recent feature came from in October 2021 for her blonde Goddess Locs created for Chloe Bailey. She has also been featured in Essence, Oprah Magazine, and Entertainment Tonight. To learn more about Dr. Kari and her work, connect with her on IG @DrKariWill or visit her website at

Episode Notes

Dr. Kari Williams:

Dr. Kari's Favorite Book, "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz