J’Lena Boykin, 1994
J’Lena Boykin (1916 - 2011) attended Paul Quinn College before moving to Dallas in 1936 and getting married. She had four children but did not want to be a stay at home mom, so she enrolled at Madam Coleman’s Beauty School in 1942, where she earned her beauty and instructor’s licenses. She opened J’Lena’s House of Beauty in 1944, which operated until 2004. Boykin had a large client following, was a pioneer in hair weaving techniques as early as the 1950s, and even developed her own hair care line. Boykin served as the President of the Dallas Beauticians Association for 25 years, an organization which hosted annual hair and fashion shows and the Miss Tan Dallas Beauty Pageant. Boykin was an active community member, serving on the board of the Dallas Urban League, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, and was a founding member of the Crest Moore King Memorial United Methodist Church. Additionally, she was associated with the NAACP and the Democratic Progressive Voters League, and she organized the first Black professional beautician sorority, Theta Nu Sigma National Sorority.