Linda Jones is a journalist who has written extensively about the sensitive and provocative issue of hair in the African American
community. In her writing she has used the topic to raise awareness about cultural diversity and to promote self-appreciation.
In response to concerns expressed by friends who wore natural and African-inspired hairstyles and struggled with
challenges of acceptance and finding stylists knowledgeable about natural hair, Linda organized grass-roots hair grooming
sessions that became known as Hair Days. One of the Hair Day regulars dubbed her “Mosetta” as in female Moses
for fostering a feeling of ‘freedom’ from hair bondage and negative self-perceptions.
former staff writer for the Dallas Morning News, Linda broke the story about master braider Isis Brantley’s battle with
the Texas State Cosmetology Commission over licensing issues. The matter drew national attention and sparked passionate debate
over whether the African art form of hair braiding should be regulated by the state. The controversy and coverage resulted
in the commission’s drastic reduction of state licensing requirements for braiders. Texas now has among the lowest licensing
requirements for those who want to earn a living by caring for natural hair.
is author of “Nappyisms: Affirmations for Nappy-Headed People and Wannabes!” An essay from her
book is featured in Chicken Soup for the African American Woman's Soul and in “Tenderheaded: A Comb Bending Collection
of Hair Stories." Although she makes her living as a word stylist, Linda also grooms locs and holds a hair braiding license
from the State of Texas.
Linda also runs ManeLock Communications, which provides writing and editing services and
promotes literacy through coaching and writing workshops.