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Game Changers 2016: Najah Aziz's Edgy, Textured Cuts

Elizabeth Jakaitis | July 29, 2016 | 9:30 AM

Najah Aziz left behind a 16-year corporate career when she decided it was time to pursue her passion for hair. She opened Like The River The Salon and began working to elevate clients and fellow stylists through beauty and education. She founded Beauty Beyond the Hair, a quarterly seminar and workshop to teach stylists technical skills and business practices to advance their careers. Her Instagram is all about fashion-forward styles, especially chic, short cuts.

About Najah

Owner of Like The River The Salon in Atlanta


Beauty school: Atlanta Technical College



Instagram: @najahliketheriver

Twitter: @liketheriveratl

Periscope: @liketheriveratl


Instagram: 189k followers


Best known for: Edgy-but-feminine short haircuts, texture


Most viral post: “This was inspired by the waves and pin curls of the 1920s and ’30s; I just added a few elements to make the old look new again. In addition to being all over social media, other stylists started asking me to

show them how I created the look and, from that, my Beauty Beyond the Hair classes for hairstylists took off.”



Favorite apps: Tweegram, Morebeaute2, PicPlayPost


Tip to get the best results on a post: “Get a model with great hair, take action shots—not sitting in the chair—and make them smile!”


Favorite hashtags: #modernsalon #shorthair


Who you’re following: @liketheriversalon, @beautybeyondthehair


Passions other than beauty: Cooking and mixology


How social media changed your life: “Everywhere I go, people recognize me and ask if I can cut their hair.”


Would love to makeover: Jennifer Hudson and Condoleezza Rice

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