Studio Glam in Gainesville will offer a range of services from the young licensed cosmetologists, including hair braiding, makeup, nails and lashes.
Alondra Arnold, 19, has been working hard to start her hair-braiding business by taking clients at her Gainesville home. Other girls around the neighborhood and throughout the city have done the same — offering hair styling, nail and makeup services to clients who learn about them through word of mouth.
Now Arnold, a recent Gainesville High School graduate, along with four other recent high school grads and an elementary schooler, will have the chance to operate a new beauty salon from a commercial building.
Studio Glam, which will open for business on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m. at 1009 NW 13th St., will offer a range of services from the young licensed cosmetologists, including hair braiding, makeup, nails and lashes.
The six young business women are Gainesville High graduates Arnold and Richelly Lara, 18, a nail manicurist; Buchholz High graduates Tayler Henry, 18, a manicurist and hair braider; and Kavashti McQuay, 18, a hair stylist; Eastside High graduate Doriana Oliver, 19, a hair stylist and makeup artist; and 10-year-old Lauryn Phillips, who attends Countryside Christian School and will help as a receptionist at the salon.
Oliver said she is excited to be a part of the group because it will inspire others to know what is possible for other young black women.
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“Nobody has done this in Gainesville,” she said. “I had been taking some business classes prior to this, but now that I’m here and we’re doing this, I feel like I’m on track.”
She and many of the other girls had already been taking on clients in their homes before meeting Erica Phillips, Lauryn’s mom, who saw the girls’ talent and decided to invest in their cosmetology training and the studio rental.
“I didn’t want them to have the same problems I dealt with,” said Phillips, who started Phillips Janitorial and Cleaning Service with her husband, Tavaris Phillips, about five years ago, when she was 34.
Phillips said she wished she’d had a mentor to help her understand how to balance a budget, grow her clientele and market her business.
“You can’t always have a mentor or the finances when you’re starting out. I wanted young girls of my nature to be able to have the chance to learn about business and grow as professionals,” she said.
Phillips, who met the women through her son, said they will travel to cosmetology conferences to increase their skills, starting with one in Atlanta in February.
Studio Glam, which will be run day-to-day by the young women, plans to help current high school students as well, by keeping prices affordable and running special deals for events like prom.
“What girl doesn’t want to be a glam girl — getting your hair and nails and makeup done all special?” Phillips said. “But maybe they don’t have the money to do that. Our goal is to make it so that here, everyone can be a glam girl.”
Studio Glam, 1109 NW 13th St., will have a grand opening Dec. 14 starting at 5 p.m., featuring raffle prizes, hair and nails hair and nail treatments? or specials?, food and music.
The salon will be open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays by appointment.
This story originally published to gainsville.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the new Gannett Media network.