Davette knows hair.
She’s been braiding all types of hair from all types of people from all types of places and professions for over 30 years!
Beginning at age 14 Davette was an intern for The Braidery in Los Angeles, California and quickly became the braiding artist to the Stars.
Despite her successes in LA, nothing matches the pride she feels owning and operating her own successful braiding business.
Davette holds a Texas Braiding License
Davette has been awarded 1st Place in the coveted Black Gold Styling Competition
Davette was awarded “Best Natural Hair Salon” by Peoples Choice – San Antonio 2012
Davette’s studio is just five miles from San Antonio International Airport. Because of her convenient location and her award winning work in and around LA, Davette has clients from all over the country.
San Antonio is a city that is very proud of its military history and of all those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Davette understands the distinct needs of those who want natural hair styles and natural hair care that is in keeping with the very latest military dress and appearance protocols.
If you are traveling to San Antonio, Texas, there are many fine reasonably priced lodging options available nearby Davette’s studio. Just ask! 210.637.1196
Here’s what Davette’s clients are saying about their hair:
“I LOVE MY HAIR!!! Still just so excited about my hair journey and want to let you know that I think about you and your kindness. I can’t wait till my appointment so we can catch up.” – Shawn B. – 5-2019
“Hi Davette. Thank you for doing an awesome job on my hair last night. I feel the need to let you know that I see and treasure your attention to detail concerning the well being of your clients hair and their spirit. Personally, I want to thank you for always sharing your positive energy and loving spirit with me and my scout every time I take a seat in your chair. You are more thank appreciated and forever will be. Thank you.” – Ebony C. – 8-2019
Braids go mainstream in America
VINCENT T. DAVIS San Antonio Express-News
- Sep 3, 2002
RICHARD DREW / Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — Davette Mabrie and braids go back a long way. Back to 1971, in fact, when five-inch platform shoes and hot pants in the summertime were the rage.
Like many teenage African American girls of the era, Mabrie spent hours sitting on the front porch, braiding relatives’ hair.
Cautioning her customers to “be still,” she nimbly twisted and intertwined their hair into works of art. Thirty-one years later, the braid hairstyle has woven itself into mainstream American culture.
Celebrities such as tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, soul singers Alicia Keys and D’Angelo, rapper and actor Bow Wow, pop stars Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado, and Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson have worn braids, giving the hairstyle a high profile.
Mabrie, 39, owner of Davette of Beverly Hills, a salon specializing in natural hair care in San Antonio, says that like many braid stylists, she has taken the skill passed from past generations, parlaying it into gainful employment.
Her clients range from everyday Joes to rappers, models, singers and athletes. She’s done the hair of Donna Summer, Denise Williams, Etta James and others.
Mabrie says her bible is a book titled “400 Years Without a Comb,” by black hair care expert Willie L. Morrow. It chronicles the history of black hair care from African slaves to present-day America.
The braided hairstyle, practiced by slaves, was known as “hair wrapping,” a technique rooted in West African tradition.
“Trying to run a European comb through Afro kinky hair was difficult,” Mabrie says.
Reborn during the days of black pride in the ’60s, braids exploded onto the scene along with the Afro. It was a sign that blacks were comfortable resembling their African ancestors.
“But you can’t just say braids came from Africa,” Mabrie says. The Chinese and American Indians had braids, too.”
Mabrie says braids come in a number of different styles.
Cornrows are braided down to the scalp. Individual braids come out from the scalp and have versatility in shape and fashion. Undetectable braids look like loose hair, but in reality, they’re fine, small braids. Dreadlocks, or locks, are formed, matted hair. The hair is stopped from shedding out, tangling up naturally. The hair is then palm-rolled into a braid or twisted into a lock. It takes six months to a year for hair to lock.
Depending on the intricacy, prices for different types of braids range from $20 to $2,000.
In her shop, Mabrie is experiencing brisk sales braiding the hair of customers from all walks of life. Customers can sit from three hours to three days getting their hair braided.
Mabrie says the hairdo’s crossover into the mainstream began after Bo Derek wore braids in the 1979 film “10.”
“It made it comfortable for Caucasian women to ask to have their hair braided,” Mabrie says.