Today we’d like to introduce you to Chakina “CC the Great “ Watkins.
Chakina “CC the Great” Watkins is a three-time award-winning celebrity hairstylist and make-up artist in Arlington, Tx! Creativity, innovation, and motivation is what makes C.C. a leader amongst her peers! CC the Great has made history as the first professor of cosmetology at Tarrant County College where she is pioneering and building their curriculum and classes! She is the published author of Hair University textbook (available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble).
CC Mentors countless women by offering tutoring, mentorship, and coaching in the area of cosmetology. She is known for giving back to the community by raising awareness of mental health, motivational speaking, women’s empowerment events, marriage enrichment, love and legacy for our daughters, through her empowerment events such as Mo Betta Beat, Big Hat Boss Brunch, Married & Proud, and Big Boss Meets Little Boss to name a few.
Recently, CC has decided to give back to the cosmetology industry that she loves so much by becoming a cosmetology instructor in a local cosmetology school in addition to her professorship by pouring into future cosmetologist. She offers tutoring for cosmetologist and cosmetology instructors to pass there state board exams. Her previous work includes Celebrity Kenny Latimore’s makeup for his 2013 concert What Christmas Means to Me! Dorrough’s music video “That Low End” as leading makeup artist.
Also the leading hair stylist for several fashion shows and magazines like DIFFA Dallas, Dallas RAW, Eric Ganison of Men’s Board. As well as features in Magazines online, and most recent Volume 9, 10,11, and 15th edition of Encore HD Magazine! C.C. The Great made history with Southern Dallas County Magazine when the magazine released their first Bridal Edition Our Weddings Magazine! C.C.’s work graced the cover of the Bridal Magazine Our Weddings where she used her expertise to give advice in her very own column on how to get the perfect look on your wedding day!
CC has also styled Cyn Santana’s hair of VH1 Love and Hip-Hop New York and styled hair for Dede McGuire radio personality for Fashion for Peace 2017. She is also the owner of CC the Great’s Glam Lounge located in Arlington, Texas! CC credits her success to God her husband of ten years Hagen Watkins, her daughter Harleigh Watkins, mother Patrice Carroll, Brother David Stuart and sister Leshander Williams. C.C.’s motto is ” average is officially over, and Greatness is the only standard.” Come and be touched by Greatness!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road. I am a first generation entrepreneur. Every business venture, every event, I have had to figure out on my own. I have looked for mentoring thinking that if I just had one person that could help guide me just a little it would save me a lot of time, heartache and money.
Only to be taken advantage of or have my ideas stolen by the “mentors” that I looked up to. I have run into gatekeepers and women with what I like to call the “Queen Bee” attitude. Instead of helping to lift up those that are behind them and pushing to make a difference they keep their foot on the necks of others and try to block the window of opportunity.
This is why I have so much passion for the women who are coming up behind me. A candle does not lose its light by lighting another. I aim to set the city on fire. I want to light the world up with a legacy of women who are their sister’s keeper for real. Who cares about the next generation of female entrepreneurs. When one rises, we all rise.
I am a powerhouse for women! Everything that I do from being a Master Hairstylist, make up artist, being an author and Instructor of cosmetology, right down to the events that I host and put together all lead to women’s empowerment.
When I am teaching my cosmetology students, I am passionate. I care that they know everything that I know and that their lives are better just from having met me. I care about my students, and I want the best for them. I partner with them for life. Not just during school, but I make sure that they pass state board, that they are employed. And I am always there to offer advise.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, lol! Where do I start? My mom was a teen mom. She had me when she was 15. So growing up for me there was a lot of responsibility. I was very smart. My sister always says that I will never be forgotten, because of the way that I put my clothes together even we were younger.
I was very quirky and eccentric. I was a cheerleader, I danced on the dance team, I was on the flag team, and I loved the Lord. I preached my first sermon when I was 12 years old. I was a leader by nature.
- Hair University available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble 45.00
- Address: 3909 W. Green Oaks
Suite D, Arlington, Texas 76016
- Website: www.ccthegreat.com
- Phone: 8178740938
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: cc_thegreat
Chris Booth Photographer: Rodrick Conner