yene damtew / owner + stylist
Yene Damtew is an independent hairstylist based in Washington, DC.
A girl on the go, Yene made a name for herself as the person to go to for unsurpassable standards of fashion forward hairdressing. Immediately following cosmetology school, the Ethiopian-American, La Palma, California native launched her career and within six months she packed her bags and moved to Washington, DC, to become one of the two personal hair stylists to the Obama Family. She prides herself on her standard of excellence in both high fashion and classical hairdressing. Her unfaltering belief in continual education and development is what drives her forward and keeps her ahead of the game.
Yene’s energetic attitude and go-getter work ethic has also garnered the attention of other beauty industry professionals. She has developed a skill for combining a “’Good’ Hair is Healthy Hair” philosophy with a modern and edgy style. And, her work has gained her a celebrity clientele such as actress Tracee Ellis Ross, Aja Naomi King, Skai Jackson, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, actor Hugh Jackman and New York’s NBC anchor Jummy Olabanji.
In 2015, Yene earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Marymount University. She has consulted a number of budding entrepreneurs on developing and executing improved operational procedures to achieve their organizational objectives. On her free time, Yene still finds way to give back to her community. She currently sits as an advisory board member for The Color Vision and Habesha Networks. She has as donated her time to help Society of Girls Inc, which empower the next generation of girls to be smart, resourceful, and confident by engaging them in their communities, building their self-esteem, and encouraging them to make a positive mark on the world.