Shanay “Topcurl” founded Topcurl Beauty Academy and established Salon Topcurl both in 2018. Ms. Shanay began her cosmetology career in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland where she obtained her formal cosmetology education in the public school system there. She obtained her cosmetology license at the age of 17 and went on to attend college full-time while balancing a full-time salon career. After graduating from undergrad college, she became a State Certified Cosmetology Instructor and Program Coordinator in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Since 2006, Ms. Shanay has instructed and trained lots of high school and private career cosmetology graduates who are now licensed professionals from cosmetologist to nail techs.
Ms. Shanay believes there is no limit to education; so she went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Secondary Middle & High School Education. She is a current National Board Certified Teacher and the only Board Certified Cosmetology Instructor in the State of Maryland. In addition, she is also a Doctorate student in Education Administration Leadership.
Her passion for helping others grew more with her Training By Topcurl State Board Exam Prep sessions. These sessions helped candidates who were having trouble passing on their own after formal school. Her ability to polish off what those graduates have learned, or should have learned, turning into a bigger mission of opening her school. Students and trainees have referred to her as "State Board Guru™ over years and so a trademark is pending now. She is pledged to the development and implementation of the highest educational, ethical, and professional standards in her cosmetology school so Ms. Shanay continues to takes beauty classes and improve her life long learning to support diverse, eager students who attend Topcurl Beauty Academy.
In 2021, Topcurl Beauty Academy expanded to Alexandria, Virginia to include esthetics and beauty instructor programs.
In July 2021, Ms. Shanay was commissioned and appointed by the governor to Maryland State Board of Cosmetologist where she holds the current seat of School Member. She strives to execute her duties for the interest and advancement of the state of Maryland.
In September 2022, Topcurl established Topcurl Foundation INC. Topcurl Foundation Inc is a Maryland-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to educate underserved populations through scholarship-based programming, in the areas of cosmetology, entrepreneur, financial literacy, self awareness and personal development education, health education and overall wellness. www.Topcurl.org
Under her vital leadership, Topcurl Beauty Academy employs and trains beauty staff who use their expertise to assist students. Most of of staff are proud Topcurl Beauty Academy alumni.
Salon Topcurl is located next door to Topcurl Beauty Academy in our Bowie, MD location where we partner with Licensed Beauty Professionals to fill our beauty suites.
Licensed Cosmetologist since 2000
Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, & Texas
Licensed Cosmetologist Educator (Senior) since 2005
Bachelors of Science
Family and Consumer Sciences concentration Fashion Merchandising 2006
State Instructor Certification since 2006 (APC)
MD, DC & VA
Masters of Science
Secondary Education 2011
National Board Certified Teacher 2019
Certification Area: Career and Technical Education-Early
Adolescence through Young Adulthood-Community Service
*The Only National Board Certified Cosmetology Teacher in Maryland*
Education Administration Leadership 2021
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