Product Knowledge: the D ecade Hair Design Products and Brand
NAT LEWIS II
Nat Lewis is CEO and Founder of Decade Hair Design in Silver Spring, Md., and the creator of CLIPPER CONTROL, a unique method of using clippers to create fashion hairstyles more efficiently with a minimum degree of difficulty.
In 2003, Nat launched DHD, his own line of hair care products. The DHD system _ a creative collection of shampoos, conditioners, laminates, pomades, fixatives. DHD employs rich, natural ingredients to address specific needs of the hair and scalp.
As a barber/stylist, Nat is known for his knowledge of hair and how to care for it. As a competitive stylist and a Senior Educator, Nat is well known for his acute eye for detail and the precision of each and every hairstyle that he creates. He provides individualized attention to each client’s specific grooming requirements, a quality that has prompted television and radio personalities, rap artists, musicians, fashion designers as well as everyday people to join his clientele.
Because of his innovative styles, Nat was chosen the Official Barber Stylist for the Congressional Black Caucus for three consecutive years. Nat has also directed Hair Concepts for New York’s Seventh on Sixth Fashion Show(Fashion Week) for three years, and was the Key Barber Stylist for the production of “Politics” and “American Blue,” two independent films featured at the Sundance Film Festival.
Most Recently Nat has been the special invited guest speaker and presenter at Howard University School of Business. University of Texas School of Business Marketing and Advertising has selected Nat’s companies DHD Products and Decade Hair Design to be the class project for this final semester.
A native of Washington, D.C., Nat began his career in 1991as an apprentice to master barber Ron Morgan. While studying at Robert Lewis Institute of Hair Concepts, Nat developed a comprehensive knowledge of hair care and hair design products for men and women. He graduated from the Potomac Academy of Hair Design in October 1995.
Nat has participated in many training academies and workshops both at home and abroad, including Rusk International, The Mondial Coiffer in Paris, Jingles International Advanced Training Academy and the American Crew Men’s Work Academy and Vidal Sassoon Academy South Beach Miami USA. To refine his skills, Nat regularly consults with and receives instructional training from some of the industry’s leading educators such as Pat Grant Williams, Barry Fletcher, Bruce G. Johnson and A. Michelle Smith.
Nat has won numerous awards and honors for outstanding work at national male and female styling contests, such as the Proud Lady “Day To Hair By Night” Northeast Regional Hairstyling Competition, Big Show Expo Barbers Competition and the Proud Lady Male Opulence Competition. Modeling agencies in Washington and New York routinely request his services for male runway models, and his styles have been featured in mainstream media such as The Washington Post and Washingtonian Magazine, as well as myriad trade publications: Sophisticates Black Hair, Modern Salon, American Salon, Shades of Beauty, Exsae International Magazine, Inspire Black Hair, Salon Profiles, Salon Ovations, Shop Talk, and Salon Sense. Nat has also written articles on topics such as creating and maintaining a male clientele, marketing services to men and women, and discerning that hair is neither black nor white _ it is straight, wavy or curly.
Nat Lewis has been a platform artist for major corporations beginning with S-Curl (Luster) while under the direction of Jermaine Leftridge-Bolds, also Lustrasilk, Water Works, American Crew, and Revlon.
Nat is a strong believer in giving back to the community. For the past10 years, he has conducted free seminars for students and apprentice stylist who aspire to be the best. He has also instructed inmates in the District of Columbia Department of Corrections who seek a second chance. Most recently Nat was honored by the Howard University School of Business for sharing his experience and expertise in the area of Entrepreneurship with the senior class of 2007. He is a member of the National Cosmetology Association and the National Beauty Culturist League.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Nat is a father, grandfather, mentor and role model who enjoys photography. He has photographed models for various publications, and his black-and-white photographs were shown in an exhibit at the Torpedo Factory Art Gallery.
Nat’s motto in life is simple: “Be Well, Be Blessed.”
When: Sunday, Feb. 25
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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