Powerful Women Interview Series: Naomi Brooks, with Five Lessons She’s Learned in Life and Career

An interview with Natalie Ruiz

Natalie Ruiz
6 min readJun 4


Naomi Brooks is the owner and founder of The Hair Sanctuary salon, based in Sale in Manchester.

“What makes me a powerful woman is my go-getting attitude. I will go after anything I want without question. I make a decision and go for it. The rest will figure itself out along the way.”

As part of my Powerful Women series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Naomi Brooks, Founder of Manchester’s The Hair Sanctuary, Hair Educator, and Business Coach. She shared with us lessons she has learned through her life and career — some of which she wishes she had learned sooner!

Naomi Brooks is the founder of The Hair Sanctuary, alongside her extensive work in the hair and beauty industry, she offers coaching and consultancy to female entrepreneurs wanting to scale and grow their businesses. She is a highly sought-after expert, particularly in afro hair and has just launched a pioneering training programme for foster carers, residential support staff and support workers, teaching them the basics of natural and protective hair care and styling for afro and mixed heritage hair. She has also launched an Academy for the hair and beauty industry teaching both the foundations of specialised hair care and also essential tips for black and mixed-heritage styling that celebrates culture and identity.

Thank you so much for connecting with me and sharing your story. I’m so excited to get started!

Great to speak with you!

Tell me about yourself and what you do professionally:

I am a hairstylist by trade and have been in the industry since the age of 16, working in a few high street as well local salons before having my own. I love the industry but never found a salon where I could work on all hair types, so decided to start my own.

The buzz about my salon started to grow, especially for afro and textured hair, as clients felt safe and cared for when visiting me.

I started marketing as a leading afro hair salon, and we started to get enquiries from all types of clients and noticed the number of foster…



Natalie Ruiz

Tech CEO. Mom. Non-Profit Board Member. Working to normalize belonging at work. Living in gratitude. Trying to leave people and places better than I find them.