“Bea” Bernardin King
Crochet Braid Specialist, Founder/ Owner of Nia Natural Hair
Starting at a young age, Bea has always had a natural gift for creating braid and twist styles that stood out amongst most. As she grew into her teenage and young adult years, Bea was always asked to braid a close friend of family’s hair. If she didn’t know how to do it at the time, it was the perfect opportunity to practice and perfect her craft. As with most young adults finding their way to college, Bea was encouraged to choose a path that would benefit and establish her in a profitable career.
During this time, Bea thought it would be best to choose communications as her major at Old Dominion University. Towards the end of her time at ODU, Bea fell into a Digital Marketing career all while still doing hair part-time. With each upward career move, Bea still had a passion to create beautiful stand out protective styles for both relaxed and natural hair textures.
In the fall of 2016, after receiving an offer for Manager of Communications and Social Media, Bea decided that it was time to live in her dream and finally make the switch to doing what she loves to do most full time. VA Natural Hair started as a brand representing a small part-time braider and quickly grew into a brand representing the top crochet braider in the DMV area.
Now relaunched as Nia Natural Hair, Bea has contributed significantly to the protective style community, specifically crochet braid styles, and looks forward to adding new stand out styles in the near future.