Hey, I'm Nathalie Noumen!
Born in Cameroon, French is my first language.
I left Cameroon when I was 18 years old and I joined my older sister in Houston, Texas, where I attended University.
I first went to Lone Star College System in Houston, then transferred to Sam Houston State University (go Bearkats!), from which I graduated with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Management.
I got married to an awesome guy and moved to Calgary, Alberta at the end of 2010. We have four amazing children (2, 4, 6 and 8 years old).
I attended cosmetology school at Delmar College in Calgary. I am a licensed hairstylist. I specialize in hair extensions.
My first professional job in the cosmetology industry was at a hair salon in Houston, in 2006. Over the years, I’ve held a few other jobs such as computer lab assistant, call center operator, mystery shopper... but I've never stopped doing hair. I even got a Texas real estate license in 2010 (which is probably no longer valid).
I launched Extensionista Salon in 2011 in Calgary. I wanted to create a safe and private environment where women would feel comfortable talking about their hair insecurities or anything else they wanted to share. I get to meet some incredible women from different walks of life, which is one of the things that make my job so enjoyable.
I launched the EXTENSIONISTA ACADEMY in November of 2020. It's a complete online training program about hair extensions as well as business and marketing tips for hairdressers.
FUN FACT ABOUT ME: I was born in a car ... literally! My dad was driving my mom, who was in labor, to the hospital to give birth to me but I guess I was very impatient to see the world, LOL.