About Angel Ed
At age nine, Angel Edwards learned to braid hair from her best friend, who was a young entrepreneur. By the time Angel was 13, she had already established her own clientele and quickly saved enough money to buy her first pair of pink Nike Jordan shoes.
The Chicago native knew early on that she had a gift for not only braiding hair, but also for leading small group discussions that uplifted and inspired other young women. In high school, she was a part of Demoiselle 2 Femme (Young Ladies 2 Women), a faith-based nonprofit that empowers girls as they transition to become the next generation of leaders. Angel, who also goes by Angel Ed, served as a young pioneer on several mission trips to Africa with her church. She later worked as an ambassador for Demoiselle 2 Femme, which ultimately led to her own entrepreneurial journey with her Chicago-based business Hair By Angeled.
“I'm influenced by the many mentors and positive people in my life and desires to be a positive influence for girls and women all over the world.
Shortly after she started attending school to be a braiding instructor and licensed braider in a salon in 2018, she got an appointment request from comedian and actress Amanda Seales, who left a glowing review that quickly highlighted her gift and quality service. Angel Ed continued to build her brand and a business.
Angel took ownership of her own studio in 2020, a month before COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders shut down operations. As business was disrupted, it gave her time to think about what legacy she wanted to leave for her two daughters and for other young women. She started focusing on empowering women by developing a line of hair products and offering online appointments for live hair tutorials. She eventually started booking appointments in clients' homes as a travel stylist and launched an entrepreneurship program to teach young girls the art of braiding.
Angel has already mentored four young women through her program, and they now have the opportunity to work alongside her in the industry. Her daughters are inspired by her entrepreneurship, and she helps her 12-year-old daughter Karis sell her handmade bedazzled affirmation mirrors to inspire other young women to “proclaim their princess powers.”
Angel Ed believes strongly in women empowerment. She shares that women are inspired when working together and it’s imperative to intentionally create opportunities to reach generations of women and girls. She teaches the art of braiding in the Chicago school system and spreads her message of affirmations and empowerment to girls grades 5th-8th.
AngelEd has built a community of Christian women entrepreneurs and business owners who encourage one another to thrive as Bosses and Believers.
“It is an amazing experience in entrepreneurship to meet queens and “pre-queens” that will take over the world with their fierceness.