“When we find a man [or woman] who has ascended heights beyond ourselves, who has a broader range of vision than we, a sky with more stars in it than we have in ours,– we may know that he has worked harder, better, wiser than we.
He was awake while we slept. He was busy while we were idle.
He was wisely improving his talents while we were wasting ours.”
– Frederick Douglass
(BALTIMORE – June 15, 2016) – I have admired her work for a few years now. Her name is Najah Aziz and she is the owner of Atlanta’s hot spot for hairstyles, Like The River Salon. Located at 240 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, Najah and her staff produce top-notch hairstyles.
Having some knowledge of the industry and the ongoing challenges African American hairdressers face on a daily basis, I am so proud of this woman’s accomplishments, tenacity and contributions. Her work is admired and appreciated all over the world: Style after style – each one culminating into another masterpiece for the Master Stylist.
Further, Najah and her team have a most spectacular social media presence. Their use of various platforms has helped Najah to have one of the largest followings imaginable. For instance, Najah’s Instagram following is 187,000. That’s simply phenomenal! So, too, is her Facebook following.
Getting such large followings require a lot of effort and is, by any means, no easy undertaking.
What I also appreciate about Like The River Salon is their overall understanding of the world of business. I always say it to students: It is one thing to be a great musician, artist, cosmetologist or what have you. It is an entirely different thing when it comes to running a business involving that same craft. It is obvious that this Atlanta salon has learned a thing or two over the years about how to make things work.
So, in my eyes – from running a successful salon to having a dominating social media presence to parlaying those accomplishments to even broader victories in business by way of expanded territory, Najah has given the world the blueprint for continued success.
Najah clearly has a vision for herself and her business. Additionally, she stays on the cutting edge and graciously rides the waves of entrepreneurship. One of her current projects is Beauty Beyond The Hair, a groundbreaking seminar and workshop series founded by Najah that “seeks to inspire hairdressers around the world to implement business and technical practices that elevate the hair profession to new heights of performance and excellence.” Upcoming dates include Chicago and Atlanta.
All this to say, it is our distinct pleasure and honor to recognize Like The River Salon at Black Wall Street ATL 2016 on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (7 pm) at Paschal’s (180 Northside Dr SW #B, Atlanta, GA 30313). She and other honorees will receive the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award. The award celebrates black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. A part of the ORIGINAL Black Wall Street SERIES *NYC *MD *DC *ATL *NOLA, we have recognized hundreds of recipients in 5 since 2011.
Najah Aziz is the owner and master stylist of Atlanta’s premier hair care destination, Like The River The Salon. In just seven years, Like The River The Salon went from a start-up in an oversaturated market to a thriving business making an indelible mark in the industry as the new model for successful hair salons.
Najah abandoned a 16-year corporate career to pursue her passion of styling hair and changing the industry she has admired since she was a child playing in the hair of her six sisters and other family members.
She accredits her stellar success to four core principles: 1. a commitment to community service; 2. demanding complete professionalism from staff; 3. a no waiting/double-booking policy; 4. building with talented, licensed stylists that buy into these core values.
Her salon twice has been named “Best of Atlanta” by Atlanta Tribune The Magazine (2009 and 2010) and has been lauded as one of the top 100 salons in America by stylelist.com and AOL. Her work has been featured in Essence.com and she has been profiled in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fox 5 Atlanta, Rolling Out Magazine, among other outlets.
Najah and Like The River have also been recognized for their donation of services to local women’s shelters, special education students and cancer survivors in several local and national publications.