New Salon is Open on Greenup Street in Covington
Troy Williams set a goal for himself to open his own salon before his fortieth birthday.
That milestone happens next month and his goal was achieved just in time.
C.U. Thair Salon opened at 1602 Greenup Street in March after several months of preparations.
"It's been a vision for quite some time and to see it in reality still hasn't hit me yet," Williams said. He leased the retail space on the bottom floor of the building, a spot that has been vacant for more than a decade, he said. That means months of cleaning, organizing, and building out the space before opening its doors, but now Williams finally has his own place to conduct the hair work he's done since 1996.
"I looked in Florence but I specialize in ethnic hair and I love Covington so I wanted to be in this part of town before it built out," he said. Williams can braid hair "like there's no tomorrow", he said. He'll have a total of six stylists in the spot, nearly all of them with their own specialties including massage and skincare. All of the stylists worked for Williams at previous salons that he has managed.
In the weeks since C.U. Thair's opening, the salon has been enthusiastically welcomed into the neighborhood. "We like to think we're a Steel Magnolias on steroids," Williams joked, referencing the stage play and film about a southern hair salon and the women who frequent it. "People come in and hang out all day."
Though his skills allow him to tackle any hair, he has a particular fondness for African-American, Asian, and Latin tresses. "My uncle owns a barber shop in Price Hill and he said to me to get trained in something no one else is," Williams said.
The salon will also feature organic products, many of which are made from beeswax. There is a skin room where essential oils permeate the air.
The walls are adorned with artwork celebrating hair, all painted by Williams who, while he was never formally trained, often works professionally as an artist, too.
C.U. Thair is also developing relationships with local charity organizations and will soon start doing hair for ladies who work with the Welcome House before going to job interviews.
"I'm really big on giving back to the community," Williams said.
C.U. Thair Salon, 1602 Greenup Street, Covington, Kentucky, 41011, 859.322.8516, Facebook
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News