Meet Waka...

Chatwaka Jackson, professionally known as Taka, is a licensed professional hair stylist. She has worked in the hair industry for 11 years and counting. A graduate from Paul Mitchell School in St Louis, Missouri, she went on to work at one of St Louis top salon Shi Salon studying and mentoring with the amazing, Marie Simone. With her immense drive, she decided to take her talents to Los Angeles, California to enter the film and television industry. After hitting the ground running and working on multiple sets she landed several leading roles as Depart Head, but her latest accomplishment has been lead role as a Department Head for Hair for the film, “The Blackening”. Her work has also graced the world renowned Gucci, Oscars red carpet, and the runways of New York Fashion Week with Harlem Fashion Row and has successfully worked alongside some of industry’s most remarkable hairstylists including Julien D’ys and, mentor, Darico Jackson. 

Her work has been published in multiple magazines such as; PUMP, InBlack Mag, and Gamaro to name a few. And she didn’t stop there, with a passion for teaching, she became a licensed instructor and taught specialty classes at Paul Mitchell in Sherman Oaks, California. She also continues to educate current and future artists in the Industry with her Portfolio Building Master Class. Her plan is to continue to push the boundaries teaching the artistry of hair in the industry. Chatwaka has worked in many different avenues in the industry and is devoted to sharing her experiences and knowledge by mentoring those that desire the know-how of manoeuvring in this competitive field. Chatwaka joined Local 706 Union as a Hairstylist in 2024, adding another great accomplishment to her career. Her ambitious personality keeps her striving to continuously learn, stay creative, knock down doors, and accomplish goals. Her talents are constantly evolving, pushing the boundaries of hair, and will not cease anytime soon.