Chauna Payne has had a lifelong obsession with hair. As early as 5, Chauna has always been in the salon. Her motivation comes from both her grandmothers, who were salon owners. She has always loved the way that one can express themselves through different styles. Whether short or long, hair defines who the person is, wants to be or wants to convey to others.
Chauna Payne has been a licensed Cosmetologist for 10 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St Louis. She worked at Walgreens as an Insurance Biller and at Children’s Hospital on the Neurology/Neurosurgery Unit. She owns KRK Medical Solutions and teaches Insurance Billing For The Beauty Professional for licensed stylists. Chauna is a certified trainer through the Look Good, Feel Better program administered by The American Cancer Society, a certified Mastectomy Fitter and a Prosthetic/Orthotic Supplier. Summer 2019, she had the opportunity to work in The Wig Dept at The Muny Theater in St. Louis, Mo. Working on behind the scenes on Cinderella and Matilda was THEE BEST!!!
The rebuilding of self-esteem is a big part of daily life, and as you know, hair loss can greatly impact the person experiencing it. Her clients boast that their greatest cosmetologic concern is the loss of their natural-looking hair. Social media, fashion, and magazines show that beautiful women have hair, flawless skin and makeup, great bodies, creative nails, and a healthy overall appearance. Societal standards have burned into the brains of men and women these attributes so it’s not uncommon for people to try to model themselves after what they see. In other words, REPRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING!!!
Chauna’s first book, Insurance Billing For The Beauty Professional, is now available on Amazon. The creation of Celeste, a bald fairy princess aimed at giving children an image that reflects what they see in the mirror and how they may feel while experiencing hair loss is a project very close to her heart. Hair loss is a key side effect of most medical drugs and a very real component of beauty. Chauna wants everyone to have an understanding of how Cosmetologists play a part in helping hair loss patients, and those suffering from debilitating illnesses, to feel great about themselves despite their life-shattering diagnosis.
Her movement is dedicated to her mother, Mallie Payne, who celebrates 35 years on November 21, 2019. Her mother's continued strength and perseverance has been a driving force for every move Chauna makes on the medical side of Cosmetology.