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The Davis sisters said that they got tired of looking for jobs and decided to launch their own business.
For entrepreneurs Keonna Davis and Kayla Davis, the last 72 hours have been a whirlwind. And it’s well-deserved. The Davis sisters, at the ages of 21 and 19 respectively, are the youngest people ever to own a beauty-supply store in California and have received a ton of media attention for their endeavor.
KD Haircare Supply, located in Moreno Valley, Calif., offers a range of hair supplies, from bulk weaving hair to natural-hair products. In an industry that’s dominated by Asians, the Davis sisters hope to change it one store at a time.
In an email interview with The Root, Keonna and Kayla discussed their plans and some of the obstacles they have faced. (The interview has been lightly edited for clarity.)
The Root: When did you decide you wanted to open a beauty-supply store?
KD Haircare Supply: The day we decided to open a beauty-supply [store] was when we were out looking for jobs nonstop and couldn’t find a job. So in the summer of 2014, our mother … told us to “stop begging for a job and get your own business started”—aka “be your own boss.”
TR: What steps did you take in making it happen?
KDHS: The steps we took were planning, researching and networking. It took a lot of time and patience, but it’s worth the hard work.
TR: How supportive has the community been?
KDHS: The community has been extremely supportive. It’s like we’ve gained another family! Everyone we’ve [come] across has been very proud of us and inspired by us. Overall, we are very grateful.
TR: What were the biggest obstacles in opening the store?
KDHS: Finding good vendors and finding the products that our community uses.
TR: How do you go about picking products for your store?
KDHS: We usually go by what we hear people are using, or [by] going online to see what is the “hot product.”
TR: What do you think about the natural-vs.-weave hair debate?
KDHS: We feel that women should be able to wear their hair in any shape, way or form that they are comfortable. We decided on a natural and weave storefront [because] that is who we are. Both [of us] are natural, but [one wears] weaves as [a] protective style, and the other is natural who dyes her hair but wears it natural. So we haven’t considered the debate because we are who we are and we hope other women will appreciate their hair, whether natural, weaved or dyed, as long as they are comfortable.
TR: Do you plan on opening other stores?
KDHS: Yes, we do. That is our plan.
TR: What advice do you have for other young, black entrepreneurs?
KDHS: We would like to tell them to be patient and to go for whatever they desire. People will discourage you and tell you that it’s too hard, but we want to encourage them to research their dream to see if it’s obtainable and go for it.
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Water lilies float in a pond in front of 152 N. Wetherly Drive, a well-manicured West Hollywood bungalow recently transformed into Mare Salon, the celebrity-driven salon and potential new it-spot among Young Hollywood starlets looking for a fresh cut or color and time away from the limelight.
Designed by architecture and interiors specialist Richard Petit and the Archers team, the space is paparazzi-proof with glass-block windows, a private back garden courtyard lined with a tall hedge and private parking.
For the Record
April 1, 5:05 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said colorist Denis De Souza is 44 years old; he is 40. It also said Mare Salon has subterranean parking; the parking is private and aboveground. Further, it contained a quote from Alex Polillo about a Rachel calling on the morning of the interview about getting a shorter hair cut; a bracketed insertion incorrectly indicated the caller was Rachel Bilson.
One glance at the A-list clients of the owners, husband-and-wife hair stylists Mara Roszak and Alex Polillo and colorist Denis De Souza — they all met working at Andy Lecompte Salon in West Hollywood — explains why. The three cater to a who’s who of the Young Hollywood scene — the likes of Brie Larson, Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Kate and Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Nicole Richie, Rachel Bilson, Dree Hemingway, Rachel Weisz, Emilia Clarke, Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne.
In the salon’s retail mix are Le Feu De L’Eau candles made in L.A., scented terra cotta amber balls by L’Artisan Parfumeur, jewelry curated by Laura Freedman of Broken English boutique, Ibiza Hair brushes, Parlux blow-dryers, GHD irons, and hair products by Davines, Leonor Greyl and Sachajuan. Inspired by the Apartment by the Line, the West Hollywood retail store on Melrose Place set up to look like a home in which everything is for sale, the salon similarly sells its furnishings from JF Chen and art curated by Deborah Irmas.
We recently caught up with the trio and found out about their working relationship as well as must-have cuts and more.
Their back story
“I think what tied us together is the effortless look that we all love,” says De Souza, 40 and originally from São Paulo, Brazil, who launched his career 16 years ago at the now-defunct Sally Hershberger at John Frieda Salon on Melrose Place. He credits Roszak with referring him to his first celebrity client, Rachel Bilson, at Andy LeCompte.
“I said, ‘There’s this new look I’m working on that imitates women in Brazil with brighter ends,’ and Rachel said, ‘I trust you. Do whatever you want,'” says De Souza. “So she left with brighter ends. And there were so many paparazzi outside that, overnight, I pretty much went from zero to 100. It was the beginning of the ombre.”
Roszak, 30, a Laurel Canyon native, started doing hair for friends at age 13, attended the recently closed Marinello School of Beauty and landed her first big gig at age 17 with Sarah Michelle Gellar, referred by a family friend who was Gellar’s publicist. Halle Berry, Stone and Saldana soon followed, and Roszak began work at Chris McMillan Salon in Beverly Hills, later moving to Andy Lecompte.
“I would say there is an element of organicness to [what I do],” says Roszak. “I don’t do hairstyles that feel stiff. When I cut hair, I’m thinking more about the person’s hair texture. I don’t want anything to be too hard to style or re-create. I never want the style or cut to be wearing the person. It should feel true to who they are or to a version of that.”
Polillo, 32, trained at the Aveda Institute in Seattle and moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to work at Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, where he often partnered with star colorist Tracey Cunningham. Polillo then moved to the Byron Williams and Andy Lecompte salons. Neil Weisberg, co-owner with Cunningham of Meche Salon in Beverly Hills, who introduced Polillo and Roszak, who wed in 2010.
“I think Mara and I have very similar aesthetics. That’s why we work so well together,” says Polillo. “A lot of photographers say they hire me because I can make it look like nothing is done. I don’t do a lot. I like to make it quick and clean.”
“Short,” says Polillo. “Lily Collins’ [layered pixie cut] is always the reference, which is funny because that’s Mara’s [client].”
“With that cut, what we were seeing more of was the shorter in the back, longer in the front [look],” says Roszak. “And now I’m starting to bring the front up so it is more one length — but textured, a little bit more natural.”
“Getting the right hair cut for your face shape. It’s too general,” says Roszak. “I’ve been asked that so many times, and I always change it to the right haircut for your hair texture. The last thing I’d want is to give someone the wrong layers for their curly hair.”
“It’s preference, but I don’t love bangs and waves,” says Polillo.
“My mojo is always to enhance what people have, to never drastically change their natural color,” says De Souza. “A lot of colorists [always] do base and highlights. But if a client doesn’t have gray hair, why change their base? It’s just more money, and then they have to come back sooner. I have clients who come back once or twice a year max, and they love that.”
“Carolyn Bessette Kennedy because I think that she was so incredibly chic,” says Roszak. “I would like to dress like that. I would have loved to be her hair stylist.”
“Maybe because we’ve worked mostly with Hollywood, and I don’t do fashion, I love the supermodels — especially Brazilian models with sexy hair, maybe because of my heritage,” De Souza says. “It was always my dream to touch the hair of Gisele Bündchen.”
“The mom from ‘Home Alone,’ Catherine O’Hara,” says Polillo. “She’s the chicest person on the planet and she’s on that new show, ‘Schitt’s Creek.’ I told my agent and she said, ‘Who’s that?'”
Shopping and pampering go-tos
“Olive & June [nail salon] has such a cute aesthetic,” Roszak says. “What they’re doing is super cool.”
“I love everything at the Apartment by the Line and I go to General Quarters [a men’s clothing shop on South La Brea Avenue] for boys’ stuff,” says Polillo. “I recently went to the Now [massage boutique on Beverly Boulevard] for the first time, and that place is really cool.”
“I love to travel,” says De Souza. “I go somewhere every two months. I’m next renting a villa with friends on Super Paradise beach on Mykonos island in Greece to celebrate my birthday.”
Mare Salon, 152 N. Wetherly Drive, West Hollywood; (424) 274-3479,www.maresalon.com. Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016 went abuzz when supermodel besties Kendall Jenner andGigi Hadid performed a hair switch to walk the Balmain runway. Normally sporting beautiful brown tresses, Kendall became blonde while Gigi dabbles as a gorgeous brunette. While social media exploded about the great switch-a-roo, little was mentioned about the actual origin of these wigs: Balmain Hair, which has expansion plans on the horizons.
This isn’t the first time creative director, Olivier Rousteing has tapped Balmain Hair Couture pieces for his runway. Working closely with Nabil Harlow, Balmain Hair Couture’s lead designer (who handmade the pieces for the Kendall-Gigi Hair-scapade) they produced the 23 inch locs for female models walking in the Autumn/Winter 2016 men’s show as well as the ponytails for the Spring/Summer 2016 women’s show.
Wigs are not revolutionary for the French. Many French fashion houses in the 1960’s and 1970’s had their own wig lines including Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin. Pierre Balmain, the French designer who founded the house of Balmain, saw the opportunity in hair and sought out Dutch wigmaker, Dick Guliker, to create various hairpieces that complimented his clothing aesthetics. In 1974, Guliker founded Euro Hair, licensing the Balmain name. During the 1980s and 1990s, the popularity of wigs amongst the French declined and the company focused on extensions and wefts distributed via a network of professional salons.
In 2000, Alain Hivelin, the former chairman and majority owner who passed away in 2014 decided to enter into a direct partnership with the company and Euro Hair evolved into Balmain Hair. Although they are technically separate entities, the two companies, according to Steward Guliker, current Balmain CEO, states, they are “more or less married.” Balmain carries hair products, from moisturizing shampoos starting at $16 to ceramic hair brushes that are $48. The overall premium haircare market is estimated to be $8.5 billion and they are coming for that pie. Today, Balmai
Today, Balmain Hair is sold globally in 5,000 hair salons and even online at Net-a-Porter, where the retailer admits it’s a top seller in its category. Balmain is all about product innovation and visual branding: not only do they tap into Black celebrities like Naomi Campbell and Beyonce, but also recognizing, like Black people always have…hair is everything.
- Janet Horrocks, 57, from Burnley, has modelled her look on her daughter
- But 35-year-old Jane is not so keen on being imitated by her mum
- Janet has spent £40,000 on surgery including a nose job and eye lift
- She insists: ‘She got her looks from me so she can’t really complain’
A 57-year-old woman has spent £40,000 and endured extensive cosmetic surgery to look like her 35-year-old daughter.
Janet Horrocks, from Burnley, Lancashire, already shares the same peroxide blonde hair and size eight figure as her daughter Jane Cunliffe, and says they even get mistaken for sisters.
But not content with sharing genes with Jane, she has taken it one step further – and her painstaking image overhaul so far includes a nose job, eye lift, veneers, Botox and fillers to keep up with her only daughter – much to Jane’s disdain.
My goal was to look like Jane because I created her’: Janet, left, began to imitate her daughter’s appearance in 2001 after putting on weight and feeling ‘dowdy and unattractive’. The 57-year-old has since lost 2 stone
For while Janet is adamant that she will never give up in her quest for eternal youth, Jane is firmly anti-surgery and fears that one day she will look older than her plastic-obsessed mum.
Single Janet, who split from Jane’s dad in 2002, said: ‘My goal was to look like Jane because I created her, so really she had a similar look to me and I didn’t have a long way to go.
‘I just had to do a bit of playing about with my body and face to look younger.’ She added: ‘She got her looks from me in the first place. All I am doing is just maintaining that look.’
Janet began her transformation in 2001 and went on to have two boob jobs, an eye lift, a nose job and veneers – totalling £20,000.
Extreme lengths: Janet recovering from a nose job, left, and eye lift, right, which totalled £5,000
Janet before her transformation. She said that over the years, ‘time had taken its toll’ and she began to feel unhappy with her breasts, prompting her two have two breast implants – going from a modest 34A to an E cup
She even lost two stone and went on to get hair extensions, laser resurfacing to her face, and eyebrow tattooing – as well as Botox and regular fillers – which has cost her a further £20,000 over the years.
Janet recalled: ‘I’d put on weight and I felt dowdy and unattractive. I remember looking at Jane and thinking ‘I used to have a figure like yours’.
‘Time had taken its toll on my breasts and I felt like I needed some help to reverse the effects of time.’
Janet, an accountant, spent £8,000 on two breast implant surgeries, taking her from a 34A to an E cup.
Jane, left, said she initially stopped going out in public with her mum as they attracted so much unwanted attention. She says she has since come to terms with Janet’s transformation, despite being firmly anti-surgery
‘When I first told her my new look was based on her, she was shocked’: Jane, right, struggled to come to terms with her mum’s image overhaul and couldn’t understand why a mum would want to look like her daughter
She slimmed from a size 14 to an 8 and started having Botox and fillers costing £500 a time.
At first Janet tried to keep her intentions under wraps – and Jane was not impressed when her mum eventually came clean.
Janet said: ‘When I first told her my new look was based on her, she was shocked and couldn’t understand why a mum would want to look like her daughter. She was quite annoyed at first.’
Despite Jane’s concerns about her mum’s surgery, Janet spent a further £5,000 on a nose job and eye-lift in 2008, and £7,000 on a new set of pearly-white veneers in 2014.
Janet’s confidence soared, but Jane found it difficult to come to terms with her mum’s appearance overhaul.
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