Isis Brantley (Naturally Isis)

Isis Brantley is known throughout the beauty industry as a champion and advocate for the revitalization and proper care-taking of natural hair for people of color. As a custodian and patron of cultural beauty and awareness, Isis has served as a staple within the African Diaspora community for more than 30 years. Seen often as a revolutionary and iconic figure, Isis is known largely throughout the state of Texas as a result of her 1997 arrest for braiding hair without a license. By using the struggle to fuel her dreams, Isis started the Naturally Isis Institute of Ancestral Braiding and actively fought the Texas judicial system until 2007 when she was grandfathered. Now as a licensed Ancestral Braider, Isis uses her expertise to teach individuals, across the globe, the art of braiding, as well as the management and maintenance of natural hair. Isis is passionate about developing self-awareness in African American women and girls and works tirelessly to advance the knowledge and acceptance of natural hair as well as promote healthy lifestyle habits within the community. Courtesy of

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Tune in to Confessions of a Naturalista Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6pm CDT for Part 2 of our interview with Isis. If you missed Part 1, listen to the clip below. Full interview available for download. Register FREE at

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