Jacksonville native LaDonna Grafton is an innovator whose talent is teaching, transforming and translating holistic wellness and natural hair mastery in the beauty industry and community. She does this with passion as creator and owner of Sankofa Creations, LLC and Sankofa Creations Spalon and Wellness Center. The Spalon is a sacred healing space which specializes in a myriad of therapeutic salon services in an atmosphere of tranquility, professionalism and integrity.
LaDonna graduated Valedictorian of Ghent Beauty Academy in Norfolk, VA in 2001. She is an experienced cosmetologist, loctician and natural hair specialist with a wealth of experience working with various entities to expand her expertise in the beauty industry such as Hair Cuttery, Inc., Precious Momentz Salon, Tru Roots Natural Hair Salon, Ademola Mandela and KVeshon Barber and Salon, In addition, LaDonna has been featured as Hair Director for the Simply Natural Beauty and Wellness Expo (2014-2015, Jacksonville, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, FL tour), Hair Director of The Anew View Hair & Fashion Expo (2015,Jacksonville, FL),Spa Coordinator for Florida Black Expo, Blue Pearl Spa (2015, Jacksonville, FL), Barber and Beauty Showcase (2015, Jacksonville, FL) 2017 ACHI Hair Stylist of The Year Nominee, and her natural hair artistry featured in campaigns like VWISE, Natural Hair Magazine and WJXT Channel 4 News. LaDonna resigned as a corporate leader in the Benefits Outsourcing Industry after 17 years to become a full time solopreneur in 2013.
LaDonna brings her spirited personality and solution oriented mindset to the diverse village in which she serves. She loves inspiring and encouraging, traveling, dancing, singing and creating art. She loves to write and is the Co-Founder of Living4Today Inspirations Inc., a former non profit organization which touched the hearts of thousands of subscribers with daily inspirations and Walking In Your Purpose empowerment events. In 2017, LaDonna became a best selling co-author of Live Empowered Now: An Empowering Collective on Coming Off The Sidelines and Finding Your Go Button In Life. LaDonna is married to Robert, a navy veteran and is a mom to two beautiful young adults, Darrien and Aaliyah.
Licensed Cosmetologist (FL)
Natural Hair Specialist