I find writing about talented individuals a blessing and sometime cathartic. It allows me to introduce the to world to talents otherwise unknown, and I also get to learn more about persons that I interact within industry. This “Master at Work” has continuously impressed me over the years, from BEing a humble and honest friend, to learning about his journey. TheFullMonti (known within the industry) joined the BE team for our BE Magazine: Hip Hop Style Shoot to lend him artistic loctician abilities to a few of our featured artists. Through this interview, I have learned more about Monti’s professional career, which only boosted the respect he has earned over the 13+ years of knowing him. A true Master of his craft does everything he can to learn, practice, cultivate, and enrich his my mind is pertains to his success. TheFullMonti definitely has BEcome of “Master at Work.”
TheFullMonti known as “the guy to make anything happen”, a master cosmetologist, educator, and natural hair specialist started doing hair back in 2000. In 2006, he met fellow creative force, Ayo (Taliah’s protégé) and nurtured his craft where he learned more extensive training in natural hair. He then moved on to work and BEcame lead stylist at Taliah Waajid natural hair care center. While working there, he took the Taliah Waajid Seminar, where he trained under Taliah Waajid herself. He also became a platform stylist and educator for Taliah, teaching loc 101class. He then BEgan to co-teach and later on taught the class “I’m natural now what.” Monti taught participants, the “who, what, when, where” of natural hair care. He now travels with the “Taliah Waajid, Black Earth” (www.naturalhair.org) brand around the country doing product knowledge, teaching classes, and brand models for presentation.
Today, Monti is co-owner of “The Zen Den” a full natural hair care Experience. At The Zen Den, they cover your natural hair care from A-Zen perspective. The Zen Den offers services such as but not limited to, loc start, maintenance, repair, extension, and extended styles with no knot/no tension techniques, and all natural styles. Specializing in healthy transitioning from chemically treated to natural hair, with a 12-month program. With treatments such as “The Crementa ™” scalp treatment for slow growing hair or thinning hair, Monti has proven to get those areas growing back and thick. Through his proven hair growth regime, he can and will assist in hair re-growth. He also can make customized lace front wigs, just like the one he did for Nick Minaj in “Why You Madd Video”.
Monti has diligently worked to expand his brand, with a talented team of stylist and makeup artist, named “THE ECLECTICS“, who’s combined talented afforded them the opportunity to worked with various TV shows, product campaigns, magazines, and fashion designers to include Raphael Cox (Project Runway), Zeanux (Style to Rock), The House of Van Miller, and many more. You can see their work in such places as Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, Eclusiv Vodka Ad, The S.E. Emmy Awards, Model Call Magazine, I AM JMarie, Chy’anne Magazine just to name a few. TheFullMonti is also working on “IT’Z ALL Y’RZ” curls, coils, and, kinks natural hair magazine – coming soon…
Take note of the skill showcased:
TheFullMonti is located at
Then Zen Den
1276 Ralph David Abernathy
Atlanta GA 30310
Follow Instagram: @thefullmonti3000, @thezenden3000, and @theeclectics
Head shot and all images:
Black Tie Photography
Designer: The House of Van Miller
The Eclectics (TheFullMonti, JJ, Jay Allen, and Charlisse Patina)