Shia Milan Yearwood, 23, from Charlotte, North Carolina, was arrested on January 3 and her mugshot was on Twitter by the account @CharlotteMugs.
After the hairstyle started generating attention on social media, Shia decided to use the golden opportunity to boost her business and reach out to her prospective customers.
Speaking to BET, Shia explained her motivation: 'I was just simply showing people that I had nothing to be ashamed about. I thought I looked good and I thought my braids looked amazing — they were literally done two hours prior to the mugshot.'
'At first, I was a little embarrassed that it was getting attention because I didn't want people to think I was taking being arrested as a joke. Instead, I saw it as a lesson and an opportunity to show off my skills,' she added.
So far, the picture has been retweeted over 4,000 times and has received over 9,000 likes. While most of the comments on the post are basically requests from prospective customers to book appointments.
Twitter user @babyA1angel wrote: 'When you free?'