Applications now closed. Stay tuned for the spring application season.

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The best stylists do it all

They serve performers of any color. We help production teams hire the best stylists by connecting them with professionals who can do hair and makeup for all performers.

WHAT IS BHMU?

We vet stylists so you don’t have to

Eurocentric industry standards mean that most stylists aren’t qualified to properly do hair and makeup for performers of all colors. Our expert vetting team makes hiring easy by verifying that our approved stylists have the skills to style all performers. To learn more about our mission, join the community.

See some of our stylists’ skills in hair and makeup

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Wig making

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The best stylists do it all

They serve performers of any color. We help production teams hire the best stylists by connecting them with professionals who can do hair and makeup for all performers.

MEET THE FOUNDING MEMBERS

Our stylists are vetted by industry experts

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Wummi Fowora

Union delegate, Activist

BHMU Founder, President, Education & Vetting Team Director

Destinee Steele

Expert stylist, Activist

BHMU Founding Member, Vetting Team Coordinator

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Nikiya Mathis

Expert stylist, Activist

BHMU Founding Member, Vetting Team Member

Wunmi Fowora

Union delegate, Activist

BHMU Founder, President, Education & Vetting Team Director

Wunmi is a Nigerian-American actress, producer, and activist.

 

As an Eastern Principal Delegate of the Actors Equity Association, Wunmi recently spearheaded a resolution to advance equity for performers of color. It was passed at the Actor’s Equity National Convention with over 200 signatures. She founded BHMU to collaborate with the union to do the work necessary to make safer working conditions for Black performers and beyond.

Wunmi has hosted in world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center. She was the lead in the national tour of Freedom Train & has produced web series such as “Addie & Addy,” “Living With Strangers,” and "The Black Banshee". Wunmi’s acting work has been acclaimed by critics at Tribeca Film Festival, Picture Farm Film Festival, Auckland Film Festival (New Zealand) and more.

She earned her bachelor's in Drama from NYU Tisch.

To learn more about Wunmi, visit her site.

Destinee Steele

Expert stylist, Activist

BHMU Founding Member, Vetting Team Coordinator

Destinee Steele is a touring wig and makeup supervisor and the founder of ready-to-wear wig company The Beauty Menagerie.


She brands herself as a wig technician, cosmetologist, and makeup artist who's dedicated her career to educating stylists on black hair and makeup.

 

Destinee has worked in theatre, film, and opera. Most recently, she toured nationally with The Sound of Music (2018-19) and Waitress (2019-20).

She has a master’s degree in Wig and Makeup Design.


To learn more about Destinee, visit her site.

Nikiya Mathis

Expert stylist, Activist

BHMU Founding Member, Vetting Team Member

Nikiya Mathis is an expert stylist and wig maker as well as an award-winning actress.

After years of hearing the complaints of her peers and experiencing her own hair horror stories, Nikiya founded ActTRESSES Design & Consulting Agency, which specializes in wig design and styling for actors of color. 

Her designs have been seen on dozens of TV and Broadway stars and in acclaimed shows on TV an in theater.

She also provides popular hair workshops in institutions including NYU Tisch Graduate Costume Design.

To learn more about Nikiya's accomplishments, head here.

FOR EMPLOYERS

For a limited time only

Take advantage of our donation-based services

Support our growth. In our beta release, connect with vetted stylists on a donation-basis.

Contact us. We’ll get back to you within a day.

Tell us your needs. We’ll share our network.

Connect with stylists who can style Black performers.

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FOR STYLISTS

Apply for free to join our directory of vetted stylists

Are you qualified to style Black performers? Apply to join our directory today.

• Apply to join for free.

Get vetted. We’ll confirm your skills.

Connect with employers who need your expertise.

Apply Now

Applications now closed. Stay tuned for the opening of the Spring application season.

 
JOIN THE COMMUNITY

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Join our community for lively discussion, access to tutorials, and news about upcoming events, like hair and makeup bootcamps.