3rd Generation Celebrity Hair Stylist Has Never Paid Booth Rent

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Kawana Brit, third generation hair stylist from Atlanta, Georgia, has never paid anyone booth rent.

This 16 year veteran went from working for her family in their salon to opening her own at  age 21. This celebrity hair artist currently owns J Studio in Nashville, Tennessee and has definitely elevated the stakes in the hair game.

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KB‘s ability to step straight into entrepreneurship and to successfully maintain her brand for so long are just a couple of the reasons we can all take note from KB’s playbook.



Mafietta Movement (MM) – Was it hard to make the transition from being a hairstylist to being a “celebrity” hair stylist?

Kwana Brit (KB) – Working with celebrities requires more time out of the shop and I actually like that because it is necessary to grow my brand. I lost a few customers along the way, and that is unfortunate, but I believed in what I was doing and had to step out there.

MM – What is the most important advice you can give to a new salon owner?

KB – It is important that stylists, and especially salon owners, know the business aspect of this industry from the beginning. Don’t be afraid to seek financial advice. The first five years are the hardest, so embrace learning the business as a whole to be successful.

MM – What is one of the most important lessons you can share regarding salon finances?

KB – Stylists will benefit most by focusing on the retail. Sell the products that your clients love you for and let booth rent be a secondary income.

MM – What is the best way for a stylist to stay on top of the latest hair styles?

KB – Education is key to stay current and be relevant in this business. You must stay on top of your education. I call myself an edu-tainer because I understand the importance of showcasing new skills via platform styles and hair battles.

MM – Your work is amazing, how do you do it all?

KB – I am married with three kids and while things can be challenging, I must say, I have a very supportive husband. We believe in God, Family, and Career – in that order. Communication and finding a good work/life balance is imperative, but the main thing is – If you believe in yourself and sacrifice, it can be done.


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