Amaguru was born and raised in Uganda, East Africa. Clara’s interest in
braiding started at the tender age of six. African hair sculpture is an art form
that has been passed down from generation to generation. It requires manual
dexterity and patience as many styles are intricate and time consuming. Clara
has readily embraced this and for her, hair has become a medium for
Clara is a licensed cosmetologist, educator, artist and business owner. She
started her training at Gail Bishop’s salon in Victoria then worked at Abantu
Salon in Vancouver before proceeding to business ownership.
She has also been taught by some of best in the natural hair care in the United
States. Clara’s unique style of braiding and artistic flare have made her a much
sought after stylist in Vancouver, Canada. Her creative self expression is the
main factor for the following achievements and recognition:
First Canadian to win the title of the “World’s Best Braider”in first place. She
won this title after competing with stylists from United States and England in
Atlanta, Georgia in May, 2000. She won a second medal in 2004 coming in third
Technical educator for McBride Research Laboratories. Educating salons and
cosmetology schools on Design Essentials salon systems.
Working with the film industry and sports arena in Vancouver. Some of Clara’s
clients include Keith Cobb from “Andromeda” and “Young and the Restless”, Vivica
Fox from “Two can play that game”, Lynn Whitfield from “A thin line between love
and hate”, Grant Long from former Vancouver Grizzles basketball team, John Adams
from “Dead Zone”, Little Romeo from “Romeo” show and Jason Mamoa from “Stargate
Feature stories in the Vancouver Sun, the Canadian Hairdresser, Burnaby Now,
Afro News, the Source, VTV breakfast news and MTV appearances.
Instructor for the Cosmetology Industry Association of B.C. Teaching
professional development workshops on hair extensions, dreadlocks and hair
Sole proprietor of Amaguru African hair Gallery located at 5107 Kingsway,
Burnaby since 2003.
Professional development workshop Instructor since 1998. Developed and teaches
workshops on hair extensions, braiding, cornrows, interlocking extensions and
dreadlocks across Canada.
Clara has developed workshops to cater to stylists interested
in expanding their scope of professional techniques.
These workshops are geared
at providing stylists with the skills needed to diversify their services. These
unique techniques are guaranteed to increase their clientele and revenue.