Q: And the name Brownstone?
A: Brown represents nature and stone is strong, so our name represents natural strength.
Q: What is natural hair?
A: We don't use any chemicals that change the structure of hair. We twist [hair] but we don't do [chemical] relaxers or perms. We don't use hair-curling irons. Our tools are our hands.
Q: Is that what sets you apart?
A: Yes, we use only natural, plant-based products. Alcohol, petroleum and sulfates dry out the hair, and everything that breeds life and vitality needs moisture.
Q: Your hair-care products are called Feng Shui Organics.
A: The product line is based on the five elements of feng shui - metal, fire, water, earth and wood - and it's all handmade by us. We have several stores that carry the product, and we also sell from a website and the salon. The products sell for $10 to $25.
Q: Describe your brand, please.
A: It's a healthy, holistic way of personal care and grooming. I have a cosmetology license and do all types of natural hair. Having a natural-hair stylist is like having a good doctor. Once you get one, you don't leave.
Q: What inspires your craft?
A: I love to customize style to different clients. I study hair styles from the '20s and the '60s, and I'm also inspired by hats. So, I love to look at different hats and re-create those styles with hair.
Q: Tell me about your clients.
A: I have clients who've been with me for 15 to 20 years. I've styled several celebrities, including [the late] Teddy Pendergrass, Jill Scott, Jaguar Wright and some ex-Eagles, Donte Stallworth and Vaughn Hebron. Anthea Butler [a Penn professor] is also a client.
Q: How much do services cost?
A: It can range anywhere from $18 to $1,600. It depends on what you want done.
Q: How big a business is this?
A: $250,000 to $500,000 in revenue last year.
Q: How many full-time employees work at Brownstone?
A: We have seven.
Q: What's next?
A: I want to open another salon. I believe natural hair is the wave of the future. My fastest-growing clientele is between the ages of 40 and 60, because they want to keep what hair they have.
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