“I was just showing people that no matter what I went through, I ended up on top.”
Shia Yearwood is a 24-year-old mother of two from Charlotte, North Carolina. She told BuzzFeed News she learned how to braid hair when she was only 7, and has been braiding for work for the past five years.
Yearwood said her grandmother taught her to braid hair when she was a child.
“She got into a car accident when I was younger and couldn’t use her hands like she used to, and she would teach me how to braid her hair,” she said.
Her business is home-based, and she said she usually travels to her clients.
“Clients prefer to be in a more personal setting versus in a shop sometimes,” she said.
Yearwood and the father of her two kids recently split up, and they both have filed restraining orders against each other. Recently, she said her ex reported her for violating that order. Yearwood turned herself into the police on Jan. 3, and was charged with a misdemeanor.
Yearwood said she was trying to see her son, who was with her ex's parents, when she was accused of violating the order.
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