Honed with unique skills, yet always eager for increasing knowledge, Dionne continued her studies under Marion Council George and Clem lue Yat the Weave Master. Her devotion to natural hair care compelled her to become a Master Cosmetologist and Educator in the art of braiding. In 1992 Dionne opened the first exclusive Natural Hair Care Salon in Richmond, Virginia, called The Essence of Braiding & Weaving. Dionne‘s sought after signature hairstyles gradually revealed a need to share her knowledge and skills; therefore in 1999 she started offering 2 day seminars on braiding with step by step DVDs.
With over 25 years of experience Dionne has taught thousands of students from China, Mexico, Canada, California, Jamaica and Texas to name a few. Dionne revolutionized the Art of Braiding with her creative eye and unparalleled talent. Her hairstyles have been featured in a myriad of prestigious magazines including Essence, Sophisticated Hair, Braids&Beauty, Black Beauty and many more publications nationwide.
In 2011 Dionne opened a Virginia State approved beauty school, Essence Cosmetology & Barbering Academy, offering classes in Cosmetology, Barbering, Natural Hair, Nails, Waxing and Individual Instructors course.