Living Thru Purpose
"Stay Out the Damn Box" is her motto! Originally from the DMV area where she began her creative
journey at the age of 6 years old. Shanna knew her passion for the arts as it began with performing arts,
specifically dance. Growing up in an artistic environment only embellished her unique personality as a
maturing artist. She attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a dance major where she also learned
the ins and outs of how to work a full production. This is where her hair profession began and never
stopped. Styling hair for costume design for plays, dance concerts and other performances allowed
Shanna to develop her range of hair artistry in entertainment. Shanna has also studied at Alvin Ailey
School and Dance Theatre of Harlem where the bigger picture of stage performance and theatre
brightened her eyes to broaden her artistry. At Howard University where she received her B.F.A in
Theatre Arts Administration (2007), hair was more than the regular salon visit for some of her clientele.
In 2007, Shanna relocated to Atlanta, GA to pursue her career in entertainment industry. She has over
20 years hair care and styling experience behind her as she continues to gain more education and
knowledge to better serve her clients. Upon moving to Atlanta to make her mark as a hair stylist she
began working with a Casting company ATL Talent as Akini Jeffery’s assistant. This position helped her to
use her production talents while networking. Shanna also received her Masters Degree in Media
Psychology from Touro University. This enabled her to delve deeper into her passion for helping young girls and women in the
arts. She has proven to stay true to her passion and purpose.
"All aspects of my background have evenly contributed to my artistry. The best classroom I had was
performing on stage.”
Shanna has made a reputation for herself for her outstanding work and unique avant garde hair
creations in collaboration with her natural holistic techniques in natural haircare.
In 2012, Shanna Anise launched her brand and company Red Mystique Art, which represents hair
artistry staying out of the box with a focus in natural hair care. Red Mystique Art, is a brand that is
building artists not only with hair but modeling, photography, fashion and visual arts. While building
her artistic passion, she is also building her education for her career. In 2015, RMA expanded her brand creating “Dope As Fresh” (2015) A holistic natural hair care line created with natural and organic ingredients). Then in 2017, “Moth Locs", which is a Loc brand that includes handmade human and synthetic locs that are offered as permanent or temporary
locs that appear natural.
Her work has been seen in various magazines in the US as well as internationally that include Essence,
Upscale, Radiant (Africa), Eclectic (UK), Marie Claire (AU), Tinsel Tokyo, Kontrol, Fruk, Atlanta Tribune, Black Bride, Rolling Out, Atlanta Constitution Journal, Cocoa Girl (UK), Blink Atlanta, Hair Hype, Sophisticate’s Black Hair, The Society Book and CurlBox to name a few.
Shanna has had the opportunity to travel across the United States as well as travel outside the country to work with companies which include VH1, WeTV, Afro Punk, Afro Hair and Beauty Live (UK), Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show,
Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Show, Design Essentials, Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils, Revlon Realistics, Drexina Nelson, Kinky Coversations, Derek Blanks, Creative Soul Photography, Jasphoto, White Moth Media and many more.
Shanna maintains and has styled for several high profile clients which include Ayoka Chenzira (Director of Queen Sugar & Greenleaf, Polow Da Don, LaTina Webb (Maxwell's Back Up Singer), Emmanuel Hudson (MTV: Nick Canon's Wild N Out), Toya Wright (Toya & Tiny), Yvonne Orji (Insecure),
Mushiya Tshikuka (Runway Curls/Cutting It In The ATL), Angel Taylor (Trinity 5:7), Dreamadai (White Moth Society/ITB/Empire Artist), and Tierra Burrell (Tierra Goes Green).
The proof is in the
styling when it comes to Shanna Anise and her out the box creativity. She has become quite the go to person
and still building.
“Stay Out The Damn Box"