The Hair Connection welcomes new stylist, lash artist

CONOVER — Don Beal, licensed barber, stylist, and owner of The Hair Connection in Conover, announced the addition of Carly Williams as a new hairstylist and lash artist.

“I am thrilled to have Carly join me,” Beal said. “She is a fine young lady, and she comes from a great family. Carly grew up coming to my shop with her dad and grandfather, so this place is home for her. I am excited about the variety of skills she brings to The Hair Connection. With her abilities, she can take care of the entire family!”

Williams graduated from Maiden High School and studied cosmetology at Catawba Valley Community College. She lives in Maiden and is the daughter of Aaron and Tara Moss Williams. She is the granddaughter of Ken and the late Paulette Moss, Steve Williams, and Pamela Frye. Prior to joining The Hair Connection, Carly worked in another salon in the area.

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Some of the services Carly can provide for customers of The Hair Connection include haircuts and color for men and women, lash extensions and tinting, eyebrow tinting, waxing, etc.

“I love everything about cosmetology, but I really enjoy doing hair color, and I think it is my strength,” she said.

When asked about her goals and long-range plans, she stated, “I like making people feel good about themselves. My goal is to please the customers and make sure they leave my shop feeling happy with the service I have provided. I want to continue to improve my skills by learning from Don Beal, build my clientele, and eventually own my own business.”

For anyone looking for a new hairstylist/lash artist, Don and Carly encourage folks to stop by The Hair Connection. Walk-ins are welcome or call for an appointment at 828-465-3018.

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WATCH NOW: In N Out Beauty celebrates second year with grand re-opening | Business

In N Out Beauty Supply, 2324 18th St., a local beauty business that opened early in the pandemic, marked its second year with a grand re-opening Friday.

The event invited local business leaders and customers Friday afternoon to celebrate and featured formal ribbon cutting ceremonies.

Owner Lakisha Mitchell said it was just a way to show her appreciation to everyone who have helped her, as well as continue to get the business’ name out. Representatives from the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, including President Dave Strash, gathered to cut the ribbon and congratulate Mitchell on the milestone.

“We’re just appreciating everybody that comes out and supports us,” Mitchell said. “I want the business to be somewhere where everyone can come and get what they need.”

After her first year faced with the pandemic, Mitchell said she was mostly thrilled to still be open. Now she’s hoping to continue to grow, and looks forward to the day when she moves into an even larger space.

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“With two years, it feels like I just opened. I’m still trying to learn, but I have mentors. I’m looking to the future become bigger,” Mitchell said.

In N Out Beauty offers a wide variety of hair and beauty products and services, with a unique focus on Black hair. Mitchell, who is Black, said she initially got the idea for the business after struggling to find products and services for her daughters.

“What really gets me is when people come in and we can help them with their hair care needs,” Mitchell said. “I just want to continue to help people that need it.”

Beyond the usual challenges of starting a new business, Mitchell shared some of the struggles she had to face as a Black business owner.

“It’s always difficult. You

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