photo by Michael Magers



Karen Bates-Ashley has been a licensed cosmetologist for 30 years and a makeup artist for 10 years.  Karen is diverse in many areas of hairstyling and makeup artistry. Ranging from beautifully created African braided hairstyles, expertly installed hair extensions, to chic updos! She is also a very skilled wig maker. You may view some of her wigs in her portfolios. 

Karen is a member of Vanichi Magazine's fashion editorial department. She is currently participating in Vanichi's and the African Channel's Public Service Announcement that discusses global fashion from emerging African designers. which is referred to as the  WIMIWAF Campaign.

She is published in many magazines in the United States, Asia, Canada, and Italy.

Karen has worked with many celebrities, designers, photographers and models from agencies all over the United States. 

Her work is showcased in Canada's Hairdresser's Magazine, which is the top magazine in North America and Myannmar's IDEA Magazine. You may also find her work in many other print magazines such as Sophisticate's Black Hair Magazine, Pump, CoCo, Icon Mag, 7Roar, Surreal Beauty, Xquisite, Vogue Italia and in digital magazines, such as Titaniuam Girlz, JLP, eGirls and many others. Karen's artistry is on the cover of a romance novel, featured in designers fashion films,  action packed short films, and art galleries.


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