Salon survives, expands during pandemic

Andrew M. Santos

A beauty salon operated by young Black women in Gainesville is withstanding the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Studio Glam hairstylist Mynique Wheeler styles Skylar Davenport's hair during the grand re-opening at Studio Glam, a beauty salon offering a variety of services that is operated by licensed young Black women. It is located at 1109 NW 13th St.

Studio Glam, located at 1109 NW 13th St., hosted a grand re-opening on Saturday with guests, hair stylists, nail technicians and more as the business unveiled recent renovations to its facility.

Studio Glam co-founder Erica Phillips said the pandemic matured the young cosmetologists who range from ages 11-22.

“We wanted to expand because so many girls wanted to come in,” Phillips said. “The pandemic showed them creative ways to branch out in the beauty business.”

During the grand re-opening, cosmetologists offered services such as manicures, pedicures, facials, makeup, waxing, brow tinting, eyelash extensions, general hair styling and braiding.

Others were selling organic soaps, phone cases and clothes.

“I don’t want them to stay stagnant in the beauty industry,” Phillips said. “I wanted them to broaden their horizons in the industry.”

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