Woman turns cosmetology into an 'experience' for clients

February 15, 2018 06:44 PM

We know people are leaving New York State and the reasons vary. However, African Americans say they are leaving because of a lack of opportunities. One woman is determined to have big city ideas right here in Albany.

Lurissa Lawson has always walked to the beat of a different drummer. It began when she started doing her own hair, took cosmetology classes in high school and did her friends' hair.

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She would go on and get her cosmetology license and raise a family while still doing hair. However, when her children headed to college, she headed to work on something else -- opening Shekinah Beauty Salon on Madison Avenue.

However, she didn't want just a salon. She wanted to create an experience for people. So, she hired a weaveologist, for the ever popular waves and extensions. She also has nail and make-up artists, and the "style martian," who specializes in the salon's social media audience. Creating videos, she makes sure the salon showcases clothing to go along with hair ideas. 

Lawson is aware the lack of opportunities for African Americans is causing many to flee the area.

"As frustrating as it is for me, I know it's frustrating for other young people as well," she acknowledged.

Lawson says she believes people here are ready for big city styles and edgier looks, and she and her "glam squad" can't wait to deliver.

More information:

Lurissa Lawson Facebook page

Shekinah Beauty


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