With WAH Nails, Sharmadean Reid made a dream a reality, but she won't be happy until she's helped other young women do the same.

Huck's Fiftieth Special Issue collects lessons learned and creative advice from fifty of the most inspiring people we know. Each day we'll be sharing a new excerpt from the magazine. Today, WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid explains how she made her dreams a reality, and why she's now driven by helping others to do the same.

#15 – Sharmadean Reid

WAH, the psychedelic banner under which Sharmadean runs a number of creative projects — all aimed at celebrating independent women — started life as a hip hop fanzine in 2005. After gaining a cult following, Sharmadean, keen to create a space where the community could come together  — like the vibrant barbershops that dot the neighbourhood — founded WAH nails salon in Dalston, East London. WAH is a celebration of creative women, more than an aesthetic, and Sharmadean is passionate that everyone gets a shot at doing what they love.

“Ten years from now I’d love to be a patron of the arts, helping support young people who want to achieve their dreams. I remember moving to London [from Wolverhampton], from a single-parent family, and I had no money, I could barely afford my rent, I definitely couldn’t afford a computer. So I would love to be able to help other working-class kids who have a dream, to achieve it. And I want to facilitate young women, single mums and the like, to make their own money.”

This is just a short excerpt from Huck’s Fiftieth Special, a collection of fifty personal stories from fifty inspiring lives.

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