Elan Carmichael

Elan Carmichael

Elan Carmichael is a writer and communications professional with over ten years of experience writing at the corporate level. As both a licensed cosmetologist and a former marketing communications professional with L'Oreal USA, Elan is well-versed in the beauty world.

Hair & Beauty

Elan has been a licensed cosmetologist for seven years, but her passion for hair has existed almost since birth. Her grandmother was a hair stylist, and Elan grew up using her mannequins to hone her cutting and styling skills. But it wasn't until years later when Elan had already begun her career in corporate America that she knew her passion for hair would never go away. So, she earned her cosmetology license by attending night classes and then worked full-time as a stylist while she was in graduate school and part-time after returning to corporate world.

During her time as a marketer at L'Oreal, Elan also had an opportunity to delve into the world of product development at the top beauty company in the world. This experience was invaluable and opened her eyes to a wide array of global products, technologies, and techniques. Elan specialty is in natural hair care, including styling, cutting, and caring for curly hair.

Elan is also experienced in skin care. Like many women, Elan has suffered from acne most of her life, and in cosmetology school and during her time at L'Oreal, she took a special interest in studying the kinds of products and care regimens needed to combat that particular skin issue. She also enjoys natural remedies to some of life's most annoying dry, flaky skin woes. Her motto is: "The solution you need might be right in your refrigerator!"

Marketing

Elan has an MBA in marketing and is well-versed in both product promotion and small business marketing. Throughout her career, she has done marketing in a variety of industries from fast food to news to business-to-business research. Each experience has afforded her a new perspective on how to ultimately reach the end consumer.

Personal

Elan and her husband (who is also a hair stylist!) live in the Washington, DC area with their baby daughter and their dog Cody.

Most Recent Contributions by Elan Carmichael

Best Rinses for Natural African American Hair

Color can go a long way in complementing the beauty of natural African-American hair. A rinse, which is also referred to as semi or demi-per ... Read More

Hypoallergenic Shampoos and Hair Styling Products

If you have sensitive skin, it is a good idea to use hair care products that won't trigger an allergic reaction. However, it can be challeng ... Read More

Natural Hair Products for Blacks

Due to the growing popularity of the natural product industry, there are now many natural hair products that cater to black women. When shop ... Read More

Shampoos for Natural Black Hair

As more and more African American women (and men) choose to go natural, the hair product landscape has exploded with an ever-expanding varie ... Read More

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