Our Lineage are in the roots of our hair, the ancestry DNA, the strands of existence! Ancestral Strands is a rebirth of this same existence.  A rebirth of hair culture, tribal influences, deep rooted tradition.


Ancestral Strands is a Unique Braiding Brand specializing in Traditional, Tribal, Eclectic, and Cultural braiding & Natural hair styling w/ a unique twist! AS gives you access to the cities best braiding while preserving our African and cultural heritage.  Along with receiving a beautiful work of hair art , you will be served a Herbal hair tea tonic drink infused with natures healing herbs for hair growth, root stimulation, and to bring out the natural essence and beauty from the inside out.

Here we offer a variety of other services such as Sacred Crown Readings, Herbal Hair Rinses, and Essential Oil Scalp massage. We don't only cater to Women, We also offer braiding services for men along with Beard Maintenance. In the warmer months catch us popping up at Outdoor Markets and events with our POP UP AFRICAN BRAIDING STATION.

-Love Your Strands-

-Love Your Roots-





Tamara Albertini

Holistic Master Braider, Herbalist, & African Esthetics Visionary

Tamara Albertini, a New York Natural Hair Specialist, created Ancestral Strands Braid Studio, to bring a deeper spiritual connection to African lineage with the roots of textured hair,  

while promoting modern and traditional natural hair braiding services. Along with offering braid services, as a Herbalist, Ms. Albertini also offers holistic hair care that are personalized with herbal hair products using ancient practices, that she customizes through intimate consultations.


For more than 20 years Ms. Albertini has been a natural hair braider and holistic specialist that nurtured and healed hundreds of clients. On a physical level Tamara, provides healthy hair maintenance and cultivates beautiful braided styles. On a spiritual/emotional level, her passion is to help repair the client’s past hair trauma, emotional and societal scaring.  


In 2014, Tamara became a Sacred Woman through Queen Afua's Rights of Passage. From then, her spiritual connection became more extensive. Her passion is to curate social hair events and classes for Men and Women, and conduct hair presentations in schools for young boys and girls. 


Tamara’s signature braid styles, “Goddess Braid Bang”, where the forehead is adorned with intricate embellished braids, is inspired by the Tigray Tribe of Ethiopia. This signature style has been worn by celebrities like; Sunita V. and  Kamie Crawford, and Simone Missick.  Other celebrities such as Camara Aunique, Michaela Angela Davis, Lion Babe, Renae Bluitt, Delphine Diallo, and Nia Franklin to name a few, have had their hair blessed by Tamara’s hands! Not only has her work been featured in Magazines such as Essence, Allure, & O (Oprah Mag), Ms. Albertini has done TV Commercial work for BET Black Girls Rock Awards Promo , Booth Interior project work for Shea Moisture at Essence Fest & Afro Punk, and more!

Tamara is looking forward to adding new salon services In major cities throughout the nation, where she would spread the culture of holistic beauty and african esthetics.  


“ My passion is to share the knowledge of our African heritage, to elevate self acceptance and  awareness, while embracing the holistic treatments of the whole person rather than just the physical hair condition.”

For Bookings, Panels, Speaking Engagements, or Events, please email: ancestralstrands@gmail.com