Words cannot describe the professional hair artist found in Pekela Riley, celebrity hair stylist and owner of Salon PK, with any more clarity than the quote above. Renaissance woman and Textured Hair Guru, Pekela Riley has continued making excellent impressions in the beauty industry as a virtuoso of hair and style. Pekela is a rising force in the field, and with more than 100k followers on social media, her influence continues to grow. Pekela doesn't just shine brightly in the art of avant-garde and edge but she surpasses all expectations in creating trendy everyday hairstyles for the corporate to stay at home woman. Her exceptional talent has made her a highly sought after beauty pro by numerous beauty brands and magazines who desire a new spin on textured hair.
As a second-generation hair stylist, Pekela is the founder of Jacksonville, Florida’s award-winning Salon PK, which was named one of Elle Magazine’s top 100 salons in America. At Salon PK, Pekela and her team have created an array of textured hairstyles that provide women with more styling possibilities than they could imagine, while pairing them with professionals to assist in their diverse hair journeys. "It's a new time for textured hair," says Pekela Riley. "No longer do women with naturally curly textures need to stick with the overdone twist-outs, braid-outs roller sets and common straight styles to minimize the full impact and glory of their manes. It's my mission at Salon PK to inspire women of diverse textures to break the monotony and continuously take their textured hairstyles to the next level."
With a forte in mending classic trends with her own, Pekela has brought her vision to Hollywood in her styling of celebrities, including Grammy award winner Chrisette Michele, actresses Gabrielle Union, Nia Long and Teyonah Parris, Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams, model Selita Ebanks and Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bonds just to name a few. Pekela’s work has been featured in more than 20 major beauty brand campaigns and featured in major publications including Essence, Sophisticates Black Hairstyles, Hype-Hair, Ebony, and Salon Diges
In addition to her activities as a celebrity stylist, Pekela challenges her peers to further their education at Salon PK’s success camp, in which she offers one-day, hands-on training in the artistry of hair styling. Pekela is also a certified trichology practitioner, and her knowledge of hair and its various textures has aided her in the creation of her blend-easy hairline, True and Pure Texture. In 2011, Pekela served as the lead hairstylist for the House of Versatile Styles at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and she contributes greatly as a member of Ebony Magazine’s Beauty Board.
Pekela is the Da Vinci of textured hair, a beauty industry trendsetter, and the hair fashion maven of the 21st century.