Mrs.Walker is a dedicated and passionate woman, who loves teaching and being creative. There are many accolades to her credit, but she most treasures her relationship with God. She smiles, when she talks about her support team - James - her husband of 39 years, Shanti and Kareem -her sons, and her pure joy, grandsons Canaan and Tzar. When asked about her job she says, 'I get up every morning and go to a party not a job." Mrs. Walker developed and taught "The Art of Braiding" course at Prince Georges Community College from 1997 - 2009. She now teaches the natural hair course for professional use at MWB's Trade School. She's also a Certified Sisterlocks Consultant, Licensed Make-up artist, Founder/President of the Self Image Awards Foundation and a long time member of Union Temple.
One year out of college, Shanti knew what his career would be. His creative genius has kept MWB current and growing. The Lok Kapp (TM), an original design by Shanti is quickly catching on as THE quick transitional head piece. This unique headpiece enables the wearer to have Locks instantly. Shanti Walker has been courted for his master styling by the likes of Jennifer Holiday and Venus Williams. His creations can be seen on the covers of premier magazines such as Essence and Sanata International. He has won numerous hair competitions including the Golden Scissors Awards. As partner in the growing Walker brand, Shanti brings new flavor and creativity to their expanding business. This Master celebrity stylist with personality-plus is also a fashion/accessory designer, lyrisist and vocalist.
Madam Walkers Braidery opened for business in December 1993 in Suitland, MD. It was the first registered braid salon in Prince George's County. Mrs. Walker's passion for teaching and offering employment opportunities to young men and women has kept her salon in the lime light. She has lectured nationally and internationally. She is much sought after in the hair industry for her wisdom and skill regarding natural hair, locks, braids and the illustrious history that surrounds OUR unique beauty. The salon has been featured on TV and in books and magazines too numerous to name. Mrs. Walker is revered by the hundreds who have taken the basic braiding course that she developed in 1996 for Prince Georges Community College. When she discovered her son Shanti's passion for styling natural hair, she brought him into the salon as a braider and, ultimately, to teach courses as a co-instructor. Together, the Walker Team brings a wonderful mix of funk and traditional, activist and conservative.
In 2011, Shanti's work was featured on the front cover of Sanata and four others magazines. Mrs. Walkers work appeared in 'Black Sophisticates, Encore and Sanata Magazine. This mother/son duo have also been featured in articles for their philantropic initiatives. The Walkers' S.E.L.F. Image Awards Foundation raises funds for facilities and individuals that help to address the needs of victims and survivors of Domestic Violence. Their biennial black tie fundraising affair is fast becoming the highlight of the fall season in Prince George's County. In 2012, Mrs. Walker was honored by Sisters 4 Sisters for her work and fight against Domestic Violence.
We are committed to teaching our clients to love and care for their hair in its natural state - between visits.
The atmosphere of our salon is very warm, inviting, spiritually and soulfully enhancing. It was designed to make you feel as though you were visiting with family and friends. Treasures from the Continent, original art pieces and a plethora of books are available for all visitors to enjoy. Come in and you might even be treated to Madam Walker's homemade, mouth watering bread pudding and always on hand, a cup of fine herbal tea. All of this....plus the best hair care.....ever!