We are thrilled to be highlighting some of our incredible North Flatbush Avenue Black-owned businesses, in honor of Black history month! Read about Hair & Co Bklyn, and owner Shannon King’s journey as an entrepreneur!
Tell us a little about your business and what makes it unique:
It’s all in the name… Hair is what we focus and specialize on, yet the CO are our core values. COllaborate- we all work together as a team and work with other businesses. COmmunity- we thrive to do the hair of the community and be the go-to for the community. COmmitment- we commit to 10 level service 100% of the time to ALL whom come in the door as clients and team members. COnfidence- we build our team with strong training in technical and operational support. Your Solution to Great Hair in Brooklyn. We believe the person comes before the hair, so your new look will suite every aspect of what makes you unique. Hair & Co BKLYN is a one-of-a-kind Brooklyn hair salon that celebrates the beauty and diversity of all hair types. We’re a solution-based company where we train our stylists to master the art of the many hair textures that are as wonderfully unique as our community here in Brooklyn. We provide a personalized experience, delivering custom hair color, cuts, and styling with at-home maintenance lessons to be sure every guest is able to recreate their amazing new hairstyle every day of the week. Our Beliefs: We believe the only way to bring out the best in a client is to get to know everything about them: their lifestyle, personality, dreams, and goals. Only then can we bring out the very best in their personal hairstyles. In our Brooklyn hair salons, our stylists’ technical expertise begins with culture, training, and collaboration, learning aspects unique to our business and the beautifully diversified community we serve. This lets us focus on what is most important: the customer. Our stylists have learned to master their craft working with all hair types, and we’re proud to be a leading natural hair salon in the Brooklyn area. From the hair color barista who guarantees perfect color every time, to our well-developed training system which fosters both collaboration and teamwork, Hair & Co BKLYN strives to establish a culture of togetherness while staying abreast of the ever-changing trends in the hair industry. That means we’re always ready to give you a fresh new hair cut or color to help you look and feel your best. Whether you’re looking for a hot new color or a trendy new hair cut, Hair & Co BKLYN promises to deliver the fresh new style you’re craving. Our Hair Services: Cuts, Colors, & More. If you’re looking for a fresh new hair cut in Brooklyn, you’ve come to the right place. At Hair & Co BKLYN, we don’t offer just the typical cut and color — we dish up an entire menu of services that are sure to have something for every taste and style. From gorgeous balayage treatments to fabulous blowouts and extensions, our talented Brooklyn hair salon stylists can do it all. As your go-to natural hair salon, we also offer silk presses, twists, or can simply cut and style your gorgeous natural hair into a fresh new look. No matter your texture or style, if you’re looking for a great new hair cut, Brooklyn area Hair & Co BKLYN is here to help.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Family! I grew up in my parents salon in Baltimore, MD and my wife Allyson is one the best beauty business operators in the country if not the World. We wanted something for our daughter to see, learn, and be proud of and we wanted something unique and special for the Brooklyn community.
Recent events have created a renewed awareness of structural inequalities faced by people of color in America, in everything from our criminal justice system to accessing opportunities as an entrepreneur. Can you recommend any materials (books, documentaries, social media accounts, etc) that seek to educate on these experiences and/or propose a better path forward in regards to race relations in America?
Yes! the Bible, Koran, or whatever higher power text you choose to prescribe to. Mostly on all social media or documentaries you will hear opinion. To know people, you have to go meet, speak with, and learn people. Read and know your rights as a US Citizen outlined in the US Constitution as well as local state laws. I’m currently reading Barack Obama’s book: The Promised Land
Who are some leaders who have inspired you in your journey as a Black entrepreneur?
Frank and Roberta King (Parents) /Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./ Barack and Michelle Obama/ Daymond John/ Will Smith/ Spike Lee/ Madame CJ Walker
What is your other favorite Black-owned business in New York City?
World Martial Arts Center where our family trains together and I instruct Martial Arts
What is your other favorite North Flatbush Avenue business?
Vinnies and Patsy’s Pizza
What makes North Flatbush Avenue (Flatbush from Grand Army Plaza to Barclays Center) a good place to have a business?
The great mix of businesses, the eclectic vibe of meeting points of Brooklyn, and all of the diversity that make Brooklyn.