Ladies your days of walking the streets looking a hot mess are over. With TresseNoire a great hairstyle is
only a few clicks away and the best part is the hair dressers travel to you.
The idea came from Regina Gwynn and Octavia Pickett-Blakely who felt that TresseNoire was simply a
necessity, especially for those ‘naturalistas’ in the professional world. Before TresseNoire Gwynn
worked as a marketing executive for women’s apparel. Octavia still works as a physician.
They wanted to provide the ideal hair salon with on-demand service similar to Uber and Galmsquad,
professional stylists and all in relaxing atmosphere.
Unlike Glamsquad, however, TresseNoire offers a different set of styles aimed towards the natural Black
community. Styles include box braids, sew in weaves, two strand twists and more.
Styles do not include chemical treatments like relaxers and coloring, but chemically treated hair can be
“Clients can find hair inspiration on our Instagram page or have a hairstyle in mind, then visit our
website to book an appointment and confirm via Paypal checkout,” Gwynn said.
Clients can book a service online using their laptops or the TresseNoire app up to 4 hours before the
Proper hair preparation before the stylist arrives involves washing and conditioning the hair. When the
hairstylist arrives she will also give a consultation to help the customer have a healthy haircare regimen.
Clients’ transformations are documented as well.
“We encourage our clients to then sit back and relax (or multitask) while a TresseNoire stylist creates
the perfect style in the comfort and convenience of their own home,” Gwynn said.
Gwynn said the acceptance rate for stylists is low because she is looking for the best of the best.
Hairstylists are chosen through a great hair resume and a series of person auditions.
Those looking to transition from permed hair to natural hair can also look to TresseNoire for assistance.
“We both have helped countless friends and family members make the transition to natural hair, and
have enjoyed watching the natural hair phenomenon become much more than a trend, but a real shift
in the beauty aesthetic for women of color,” she said.
As an added bonus if you’re transitioning with friends or want to host a hair care party TresseNoire has
got your back with the TresseRx party option.
“We work with the potential hostess to present an educational but fun experience that provides the
audience with an introduction to the company, a hairstyle demonstration by a TresseNoire stylist and an
in-depth discussion about natural hair care,” Gwynn said. “Parties also may include a product swap,
personalized curl consultations (guests have a brief one- on- one session to discuss issues unique to that
individual), games and much more.”
At the moment TresseNoire is in Philadelphia, PA, Richmond, VA and Raleigh-Durham, NC. Gwynn said
they are thinking about expanding to cities in the Mid-Atlanta and Southeast Regions.