Hair salon a dream come true
RIDGELAND — Tashelia Lockett literally made her dreams come true when she opened a hair salon last August.
“I prayed to God, and I would see myself in a salon in my dreams on several occasions,” Lockett said. “Near the end of 2015, while working as an investor, I went to school for 15 months, which was 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, on top of working all day from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m.”
At the time, Lockett worked for the investment company Morgan Stanley, and near the end of her 15 years as an investor with the company, she felt she had a bigger calling and purpose.
In March 2017, she took a leap of faith and began doing hair full-time. Things didn’t change until the pandemic hit in 2020 and caused the salon she was working at to close.
“That was a hard time for all of us,” Lockett said. “During those months, I prayed to God a lot. I also was in the process of coming up with my haircare line. The pandemic put me on hold, but I knew I had to keep going. I found a company called Genesis to help me create my own product line, which is called She Cares. They are plant-based products that include shampoo, conditioner and oil. It provides moisture for dry and cracked hair.”
In August, Lockett opened Salon She at 825 Wilson Drive in Ridgeland that specializes in healthy hair with her product lineup. The business is also faith-based, and Lockett said her mission is to help women through her business to let them know that dreams come true.
“We service women from all over that have many different personalities and backgrounds,” Lockett said. “I’ve had a passion for hair and faith, and when I started this business, I knew I had found my purpose.”
Lockett said she does not know of many salons where the owner has their own product line.
“Women can come here to get together and talk about their careers,” Lockett said. “I hear them talk about how God sent them here. It’s very surreal to me. You can expect a great atmosphere. We greet all of our clients with love and respect, and we try to get everyone in and out promptly.”
Joyce Cole, the only employee at Salon She, braids and shampoos hair.
“Working here is fabulous,” Cole said. “It’s a great location, and it’s quiet and peaceful. We have many spiritual quotes on the walls. We pray a lot, and our customers always say the environment is inviting and welcoming.”
Cole said her favorite part of working at Salon She is meeting new people and working with Lockett.
“We hope to see a lot of new faces soon,” Cole said. “We are definitely worth your time. You have to book online for an appointment, and when you come, we’ll get you in and out quickly.”
It all started with a dream.
“I just want people to know that you should pursue your dreams,” Lockett said. “Don’t let fear set in. Anything is possible, even things outside of your comfort zone. Put God first, and he will direct your steps.”
For more information on Salon She and She Cares products or to book an appointment, visit www.thesalonshe.com. Salon She is located at 825 Wilson Drive in Ridgeland.