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Pekela Riley Biography

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Pekela Riley’s phenomenal execution of transformational hairstyling genius, combined with her magnetic personality and expert level articulation of creative vision and professional techniques on educational platforms, has made her one of the most sought-after beauty icons in the industry.

Pekela ‘PK’ Riley is a nationally published celebrity hair stylist, owner of Salon PK, educator, personality, and serial entrepreneur. Graduate of Pivot Point Advanced Academy – Chicago, Pekela is also a second generation hair stylist. Her desire to fulfill shared dreams of her loving late mother fuels her passion and respect for styling. With boundless energy, uncanny creativity, and relentless attention to detail, her fabulous coiffures have graced the pages of notable hair and insight publications including: Vogue, Elle, Essence, Ebony, Sophisticate’s-Black Hair, Hype-Hair, Salon Digest, People, and Upscale to name a few. Pekela has been a key hair stylist for numerous national hair care campaigns for L’oreal Mizani, Revlon Crème of Nature, Pantene Secret, Bobbi Boss, Lottabody, African Pride, and curlBOX.

Highly skilled in pairing classic style and unique flair, Pekela brings an aptitude for organization, forward thinking and photo-ready hair. Her dedication, vision and talent have served the likes of big screen actress Gabrielle Union, HBO “Insecure” sensation Issa Rae, Grammy-winning recording artist Chrisette Michele, and daytime television’s Judge Karen. Pekela has been a key hair stylist for the House of Versatile Styles at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Essence Music Festival, and numerous award shows, including multiple BET’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK broadcasts. Her hands-on skills have been displayed onstage with “last looks” expertise on ‘Destiny Child’s’ Michelle Williams, Actress Nia Long, Model Selita Ebanks, Teyonah Paris, and Beverly Bond. Her work can also be seen in musical artists Janelle Monae’s” Electric Lady”, Sean Paul’s “Other Side” & J Dash’s “Wop” video and many more. In addition, Pekela has also served as the beauty editor for Kontrol Magazine, member of Ebony Magazine’s Beauty Board, and hosted of her own radio show “Hair Fashion Pro Tuesdays” on Pure Radio Jacksonville, FL 103.7FM. Pekela was recognized as a leading vanguard in the industry during the 2017 Cosmoprof Beauty Trade Show, when she won the curlBOX “Hairstylist of the Year” award.

As the owner of Jacksonville, Florida’s trendiest hair salon, Salon PK, Pekela knows the value of impeccable V.I.P. service and team work. In 2015 Salon PK was featured in Elle Magazine’s edition of “Top 100 Salons in America.” Pekela is also recognized as a pioneer in the “Texture Movement,” contributing spark, expertise, and her own branded stylings to one of the most popular hair movements in the industry. Pekela has launched her very own natural texture hairline “True & Pure Texture,” in addition to her own education program for hairstylists – Salon PK Success Camp.

Pekela’s influence and brand power is reflected through her social media platform of over 100,000 followers collectively. Forever the Renaissance woman, Pekela is also quite the philanthropist. Her dedication to the Children’s Home Society in Jacksonville has spawned massive community outreach to children in foster care. Pekela is also an advocate for AIDS awareness and fundraising.


  • Dewanda Wise
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Chrisette Michele
  • Teyonah Paris
  • Judge Karen
  • Sean Paul
  • Issa Rae
  • Evelyn Lozada
  • Selita Ebanks
  • Diamond
  • Sonya Richards-Ross
  • Michelle Williams
  • Soledad O’brien
  • Lisa Page Brooks
  • Jade Harrell
  • Jay Dash


  • L’oreal Mizani
  • Creme of Nature – Argon Oil; Color Repackaging
  • African Pride
  • Essence Music Fest – Platform Artist
  • HOVS/MB NY Fashion Week
  • Pantene – Secret
  • Lottabody
  • Bobbi Boss
  • curlBOX
  • BET Black Girls Rock Awards


  • Salon PK Owner (2001-Present)
  • Elle Magazine 2015 Top 100 Salons
  • 2017 curlBOX Hairstylist of the Year
  • Salon PK Success Camp Founder
  • Kontrol Magazine Beauty Editor
  • Pure Radio 103.7 Radio Show Host (JAX)
  • Ford Motor Top 10 Stylist Brand Ambassador
  • Ebony Magazine Beauty Board Member
  • 2012 Best Stylist – Jacksonville Magazine Cover Model Show
  • 2010/2011 Best Stylist – JAX
  • Educator at Bronner Bros. International Hair Show


  • Vogue
  • Elle
  • Essence
  • Allure
  • Ebony
  • People
  • Black Enterprises
  • Kontrol
  • Upscale
  • Sophisticate’s Black Hair
  • Hype Hair
  • Salon Digest

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