By Tracey Porpora
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Kimberly Smith says she enjoys making customized wigs for women of all ages. She is in the process of developing her own line of wigs and hair extensions as balances her work as owner of “Salon K Hair Spa” in Staten Island.
Kimberly Smith, 37, sees hair as “art,” and says “wigs can change a person’s life.”
Always interested in styling and cutting hair, Smith said that right after high school she went to cosmetology school, and “never looked back.”
“I just fell in love with doing hair since I was a young girl,” said Smith, who grew up in the Park Hill Houses in Clifton, and has been in the business for 17 years. “I would do my classmates hair in high school; that’s how I used to make my money.”
After owning two salons on the North Shore, she recently decided to downsize and open a studio — Salon K Hair Spa — at Port Richmond’s Sola Salons, which is a franchise that includes 29 individual studios.
“Both of my former locations were more than 1,000 square feet. …I decided to downsize because I was getting exhausted,” said the mother of two children, ages 3 and 6. “I wanted to focus more on my craft than running a big business.”
PASSION FOR WIG-MAKING
Today, she enjoys making customized wigs for women of all ages.