"We help natural hair stylist turn their passion into their profession."


Our mission 

Rare Essence Academy is the first of its kind educating and empowering those who want to become natural hair Artist by teaching stylists the techniques of natural hair styling that help to build a foundation for success in the industry. 

Our Natural Hair Styling Training Platform along with our business coaching equip stylists with the skill and the business knowledge to become successful entrepreneurs 




Rare Essence Academy understands that technology is a driving force in any field in today’s accelerated world, that’s why we have committed to providing a wealth of knowledge at every stylists convenience. Rare Essence Academy has made it's curriculum accessible from any mobile device so that our students are never disrupted when trying to access course material. We are here to be a principal online resource with 24/7 access to our courses for even the busiest of hair artist.

About Rare Essence Academy  Founder..

Essence China is an accomplished Natural Hair Artist and creator of the signature style “The Essence” feat. the “Biggie Smalls”. 

Her work has been featured on the cover of Essence magazine as well as other international publications.

In 2003, she fought the state board of cosmetology in the state of Arizona which opened the doors for all natural hair stylist to be able to operate without the regulations of the cosmetology board.

She is the also the founder of Rare Essence Studio in Phoenix, Az.

As the founder of Rare Essence Academy, she hosts tours, seminars, and online courses that are designed to help

  • Create Creative Hair Styles
  • Become a Wealthy Hair Stylists
  • Build an Online Hair Academy

Now you can be empowered, educated, and gain the experience you need to be more confident in styling hair, and build a business from it as well.

Resources to Help You Create New Hair Styles and Build Your Natural Hair Stylist Business

Learn The Techniques

Discover The Precise Techniques to Create Styles They Would Love


Perfect Your Craft

Discover the 6 Shifts Needed to Expand Your Hair Styling Business to 6 Figures

Get Free Ebook

Exponentiate Your Business

Discover How to Grow Your Business with Online Hair Education

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Become a Rare Stylist

We have helped over 1,000 hair stylists create eye-catching styles, and create income for their Natural hair styling business. Are you next?


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What tools will I need?

The tools needed and suggested are an afro kinky mannequin, rattail combs, clips, and scissors and Xpression hair. We provide the afro kinky mannequin head and combs in the Creative Styling Course.

How long do i have access to the tutorials?
You will have lifetime access to the Creative Styling Course and 3 months access to the LIVE Zoom trainings.  

If I need to cancel subscription, how do I cancel? 

You may cancel you subscription at any time by logging into your account and select  "account settings" and requesting to cancel. Refunds are only valid within 30 days of purchase and proof that you followed our system and it didn't work for you.

Are the tutorials able to be downloaded?
Our program is web based only. As long as you have internet access you will be able to access our tutorials. The tutorials are not downloadable and we do not ship DVD's. 

How does Rare Essence Academy differ from cosmetology and beauty schools.

Rare Essence Academy is a continuing education program that will help you increase your skill set for creating artistic and skillful natural hair work. We will not only teach you the fundamentals and advanced techniques to natural hair styling, but we will also provide a business course. Our business coaching consist of  education on how to market/brand yourself, build clientele and grow your business. 

Is Rare Essence Academy geared more towards teaching how to become a natural hair artist or the business trades in the industry?

Rare Essence Academy is correspondingly catering to both subjects. Fundamentals, advanced styling, and techniques are vital to a hair artist’s portfolio. However, they can almost be pointless if not marketed and branded correctly. We want to help build the natural hair artist in you while equally building and empowering the businesswoman in you. Students will not lack in either areas of the curriculum, Rare Essence Academy prides itself on the development of well-rounded and entirely educated entrepreneurs.

Is there any help with the cost of my enrollment?

 We offer a 1-pay or 3-pay option however there is no financial aid or scholarship programs for our courses.

Does Rare Essence Academy offer a license?

We do not offer a license. Every state has their own set of requirements as it pertains to getting a license for braiding and natural hair services. Rare Essence Academy is here to equip you with education that you can use no matter which state you are in. Once you complete the full course and complete the styles taught by to REA satisfaction our students will receive a Rare Essence certificate.