Today we’d like to introduce you to Ebony Khavoni Roberts.
Ebony Khavoni, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been in the cosmetology industry just under 20 years now, but about 7 years ago really decided to do things a little different. This industry is huge, but I truly had no idea just how many facets there were until all these opportunities came. Over the past 7 years, I’ve been operating under the “Khavoni’s” brand name (which is a combination of my oldest daughter and God sisters name). I’ve been blessed to head various fashion shows Hair & Makeup Department, work exclusively with celebrity models & artists, sets of independent films (have a couple of IMDB credits), but I feel the most rewarding for me is that I get to share what I’ve learned with others who are just entering into the industry or want to do something different. I’m currently in Cosmetology school to receive my instructors license, but I have been fortunate enough to teach specialty classes at various cosmetology schools, attend career days and so excited to have started my mentoring program for future cosmetologist called Khavoni’s Coaching Essentials. Bottom line, I love to give back and now my recent venture has connected me to an amazing friend and now business partner Neesha Stringfellow. We have just opened our first salon in the Tinley Park area and that’s where the name NK Artistry came from (Neesha & Khavoni). Since we’ve opened this past February we have penciled a lot of philanthropic events onto our calendar such as offering services to some very deserving 8th grade girls for their dance, creating a drive for blessing purses for women shelters for Mother’s Day, back to school drive where we plan to give over 100 packed book bags away, etc. This is my ministry and every opportunity I get to be a blessing in using these gifts I do just that.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Whew, a smooth road no way. I said that after my first salon was not a success that I was never doing that again, but here we are. I’d like to think that all I’ve experienced through the years of choosing this profession, it has built the person I am today. It was extremely hard work, I even had a spell where I “retired” and opened a catering company (which was very successful as well). But at the end of the day THIS is who I am, THIS is what I love and THIS IS what I’m called to. I absolutely love what I do, I love the people and I love being a part of helping people see their true beauty. I would say the 9 years was a true struggle in the sense of me not having a vision of where I wanted to go and what it took to get there, but these last 7 years has been hard but worth the sacrifices and the outcome.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Personally, I’m know for my professionalism and that is the one thing that I am most proud of. That is the number one thing for me is to be as professional as I can be at all times. I’m fun, but a hard-dedicated worker. In our salon, our specialty is a healthy “mane”. Why? Because that is the foundation to ANY style, it makes all the difference in the world in the outcome of a service. We pride ourselves on educating our clients as well so they know each process and what will be best for them. A tailor-made experience!
What sets us apart in my opinion is again our professionalism, our timing (you are definitely not sitting in our salon all day, unless you choose to), and our atmosphere. We aren’t your traditional salon in the sense of “girl talk”, but we take the time out to pray with our guests, find out how we can be of benefit beyond the chair of need be and try our best to meet those needs. Like I said before, this is our ministry so to speak.
We also provide custom units for cancer patients and survivors. Just to see their faces when they are fitted and once they receive their units they are so happy and moved to tears to have their crowns restored.
What were you like growing up?
I was definitely a visual hands on child. I could see a thing in my mind and somehow put it together without any training or knowledge of the “correct” way of doing it. I have always danced to the beat of my own drum and have been told I’m a bit rebellious, but I see it as being who God created me to be. Unique in my own way.
- For a basic Cleanse & Style it is $55
- For a Natural Hair Cleanse & Style it is $65
- For an Extension Install it starts at $175
- For Color Enhancing it starts at $45 in addition to a cleanse and style
- Address: 16541 Oak Park Ave
Tinley Park, IL 60477
- Website: www.KHAVONIS.com
- Phone: 773-769-6050
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Khavoni’s Mane
- Facebook: Ebony “Khavoni” Roberts
- Twitter: Khavonismane
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