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A celebrity hairstylist who earns $1 million a year posting videos on YouTube explains how she made the decision to quit her day job.

Annagjid "Kee" Taylor started out posting 15-second hair videos on Instagram in 2015. She tells NextAdviser, "I didn't know much about YouTube in 2015. I was on Instagram and had gotten popular with hair pictures and videos. And so many people would be in my comments saying 'Do you have a YouTube?'"

"I was like, 'I'm not getting a YouTube and sharing all my secrets with the world,'" she says. "It didn't seem like a fit. I do silk presses all day. I don't do enough styles where I felt like people would want to see me do the same thing over and over again."
 

 
Taylor eventually moved to YouTube from Instagram - and she hasn't looked back since.

She grew her subscriber list to 1.32 million and earns $92,000 a month in YouTube ad revenue or just over $1 million a year before taxes.

Taylor offered advice to other hairstylists who may be considering starting their own YouTube channel.

Record Good Quality Content

"[In] the first week of the month, I'll record at least three to four videos," she says. "That way I'll have footage."
 

 

Find Good Hair Models

"It's harder to do in Los Angeles because all my friends and family and old clients are still in Philadelphia," said Taylor who moved from Philly to L.A. "I really get way more people to film when I'm in Philly. Out here I have to recruit people. But for the first week in any given month, that's what I try to do; I try to get at least three or four videos' worth so I can just sit home and edit for the rest of the month."

Get your View Count Up

Taylor says going full-time on Youtube requires at least 800,000 views. So record good quality content and the views will come.

"I had two or three viral videos early on," she said. "When that was happening, I was getting a nice check, but I wouldn't say it was enough to quit my day job. I wasn't able to really quit my day job until I was consistently getting 800,000 to a million views a month."
 

 
Google pays $2,000 for 1 million views. Taylor needs 46 million views a month to earn $92,000 a month. She says she only posts about 4 videos a month because editing is time consuming.

"I notice some people post [a new video] almost every day. If you can get 60,000 to 100,000 views every few days, you'll for sure hit a million views every month. I never really posted that often because it was a lot of production. Doing YouTube videos is a lot – especially when you're filming them yourself."

She said she always posts a video on Sunday, unless there's an awards show or a holiday.

"I don't post if [there are] award shows or something going on, or if it's Easter, you know, because people aren't going to sit in front of the TV on Sundays. They're with their family. So I try to be strategic."

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Ming x EAP Heat

Are you tired of using styling tools that singe your hair and fry your edges?

Beauty maven and social media personality, Ming Lee, has partnered with thriving hair tool brand, EAP Heat, for a retro-glam collaboration line.

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Ming x EAP Heat

The new retro-glam line collaboration, "Catch Flights, Not Feelings", which releases today, includes two custom rose gold 100% titanium flat irons measuring 1" and a 1 ¾".

Best known for her creative and viral marketing efforts, Ming Lee's latest campaign features the beautiful vintage hair styles that can be accomplished utilizing the new hair styling tools.

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Ming x EAP Heat

Ming Lee created #CatchFlightsNotFeelings to promote looking and feeling like your 'best self' while you travel, fine dine, shop and overall enjoy life.

Her motto is: "Only baggage you'll ever see me carrying is at the airport."

You might know Ming Lee as rapper Rick Ross' former fiancee.

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Ming x EAP Heat

Transitioning from behind the chair, to creating a multi-million dollar beauty empire, Ming Lee worked with EAP Heat to create a series of styling tools that are able to acquire a swift silk press with ease, while having the option to use heat without compromising healthy hair.

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Ming x EAP Heat

The Ming X EAP Heat collection is available online now at www.eapheat.com. Ming Lee will host a VIP launch party on August 29th with some of the most influential beauty enthusiasts.

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YouTube

You ladies who are fans of TikTok and YouTube star Sir Cruse will be shocked to learn he is 54 years old, not 29.

For years, Cruse's fans believed he was in his 20s because of his youthful appearance.

Sir Cruse posted a short TikTok video to clear the air about his age, confessing that he is 54, 29. He called out Google for publishing misleading information about his birthdate.

"Hey, hey, hey Google where do y'all get this s**t from... men?" Sir Cruse says. "I'm 54. Where do y'all get 29? I was born 1965, November 9th."

"That's why you shouldn't believe everything you see on internet," he told his followers.

Cruse is a hairstylist - and former SR Morning Wood - who uploads videos teaching Black men how to brush train their waves to achieve that perfect 360 curl pattern.

Sir Cruse teaches young Black males to groom themselves to look handsome and presentable for the ladies. This type of mentorship is what's missing in the Black community today.

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Cruse is best known for such videos titled "How to Brush 360 Waves Guide" and "Wave Products and Haircutting Tools."

Cruse, who began uploading videos in 2009, is a graduate from DeVry University with a degree in computer engineering.

Sorry ladies, he's taken. Cruse has been dating Jazzy Glimmer.
 

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Emmy nominated hairstylist Charles Gregory passed away from pneumonia related to COVID-19.

Director Tyler Perry shared the news on Facebook and Instagram on Thursday, April 9. He employed Gregory as a stylist on various TV and film projects.

Gregory also worked as a stylist on VH1's hit show "Single Ladies".

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Gregory was inspired at an early age by his mother, who was also a cosmetologist and a salon owner.

He owned the Charles Gregory Salon, a full-service salon in Atlanta that specialized in Black hair and weave products.

Mr. Gregory served as Artistic Director and top educator for SoftSheen/Mizani from 1989-1994, He also was Artistic Director for Bronner Brothers And Nirobi Hair Products.

His impressive client list included actresses Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Regina Taylor, Raven Simone, actors Lou Gossett Jr, Danny Glover, Eric Lasalle, Laurence Fishburne, Blair Underwood, and many more.

Tyler Perry remembered his friend in a touching tribute on Facebook.com on Thursday:

"Dear Black People,

Today it's with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of one of our crew members. Mr. Charles Gregory was a hairstylist that had worked with us for many years. The man was warm, loving and hilarious. We all loved to see him coming and hear his laughter. Charles lost his battle with COVID-19 today. It saddens me to think of him dying this way. My sincerest prayers are with his family.

While everyone can contract this virus it is black people who are dying from it in much larger numbers. This thing is real, black people.

I heard a black person say, "Black people don't get it." That is a lie! You can get it, and you will get it if we don’t do what we're being told to do.

Black people, we are at a disproportionately higher risk of dying from this virus. Please, please, please, I beg you to take this seriously. You have to socially distance yourself. That means stop hanging out, stop congregating, stop doing anything that will put not only your life in danger but also the lives of so many others.

STAY HOME!! Socially distance yourself and stay alive! If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for someone you love, and for those who love you.

My Mother always told me to not wait for help! Be your own help!"

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A Mississippi barber who made house calls amid the coronavirus quarantine died from a cardiac arrest related to coronavirus.

Eugene "Taper" Thompson, of Brookhaven Mississippi, died over the weekend after battling coronavirus-in a hospital.

Thompson, 46, was a well known businessman who owned 2 successful Taper Nation barbershops and was a role model to young fatherless boys.

"There's a lot of people, kids and adults that he cut for free that didn't have the money and I was one of them," longtime client Shanta Harris told WLBT News.

Thompson made house calls after he was forced to close his shops during the quarantine. He advertised his house call services on social media.

On March 17, Thompson informed his followers that he was feeling feverish after making one last house call. He got tested for coronavirus and went into self-isolation on March 22.

Two days later he was admitted to a hospital with flu-like symptoms and dehydration. In a message on Facebook, Thompson advised his clients that his barbershop would be closed "for the rest of the week."

In the caption of a photo that showed him wearing a face mask, Thompson urged his followers to "Quarantine yourself away from people... places... things..."

He added: "I felt a little [achy]... fever was a little high so I came to get checked... Tapernation will be closed for the rest of the week... well deserved rest and relaxation."

Clients paid tribute to Thompson on social media.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was heavily criticized for getting her hair cut while the rest of the city is under a stay-at-home order.

Lightfoot, 57, was pictured with her stylist after getting a haircut over the weekend. The photos went viral on social media on Monday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot acknowledged not practicing social distancing by getting the haircut, even as she shuttered her city's hair salons and barbershops to slow the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19.

The openly lesbian mayor defended her privilege, saying she is a public figure who is required to appear in public often and she must be well-groomed for the cameras.

She stated that she wore a mask and gloves to get her hair cut (although she wore none in the photos).

"I think what really people want to talk about is, we're talking about people dying here,” the Democratic mayor said. "We're talking about significant health disparities. I think that's what people care most about."

She added: "The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on. So we are, I am practicing what I'm preaching," Lightfoot said.

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un•clock•a•ble (uhn-klok-uh-buhl) adjective
1. A complimentary word used to describe a MtT (male-to-trans) or gender fluid individual whose feminine appearance is convincing.
 
Alonzo Arnold is the go-to-stylist for custom hair weaves and lacefront wigs in Atlanta. According to Respect-mag.com, he is the youngest of three children raised by working class parents in East Atlanta.

Alonzo is best known for building custom wigs with virgin hair extensions such as the stunning unit he is modeling in the above photo.

Alonzo works out of his downtown salon or in your home by appointment only.

Alonzo's celebrity clients include Tameka "Tiny" Harris, Tamar Braxton, Premadonna, Tiny's daughter Zonnique Pullins, and Kim Zolciak, just to name a few.

You can check out his full line of virgin hair wigs and custom wig products here.
 

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