It started with a collection plate passed around at church. Dreams of becoming a school principal were turned into becoming a hairstylist when Styles saw the large monetary offering his roommate dropped on the plate.
That’s when he decided to make hair his forte. From there, he got the training and license needed to press and style full-time. In 2001, Styles began his hair career in Atlanta at the salon and spa Nseya, where he had his own chair.
It was during his time in Atlanta, just a normal winter day in December, that he was personally approached by Beyonce to style her hair for the 2009 January cover of Elle magazine.
Beyonce had seen the work he did on another woman while both were getting their nails done and wanted something similar done with her hair. That same weekend in December 2008, Beyonce booked an appointment with Styles and flew out to Nseya.
“Elle decided to use my hairstyle in the magazine, so that’s how that happened,” he says. “I never thought in a million years I would be working with her, and she’s like, ‘Oh, I liked what you did,’ and we went from there.”
A plaque of gratitude from the superstar sits in a corner of the salon, but the experience was as if he was just with another client. Despite her status, he says she wasn’t a diva.
“She and I were singing back and forth with each other, having fun,” he says. “I really did not realize, I mean to me, she was not a celebrity. She was just someone whose hair I did.”
Styles can regularly be caught singing and dancing in his salon around clients, which says something about his enthusiasm at work.
“To be honest, all my clients are celebrities,” he says.
Overwhelmed with Atlanta’s saturated salon scene, he made his return to Dallas five years ago and lives in Oak Cliff.
Not far from Deep Ellum, Styles’ salon sits next to a historic red brick cathedral. There’s just something about the vibe that sets it apart from Atlanta.
“Dallas is home, and there’s really more opportunities in Dallas,” he says. “I like the vibe, the old and the new. I love how they’re revising old neighborhoods.”