Hancock County has a brand-new beauty and hair supply store: Unique Transitions Beauty Supply, which opened on August 19. It is located on Highway 90 in Waveland across the highway from the west entrance to Wal-Mart, adjacent to Unique Transitions Beauty College.
-by Maurice Singleton
Owner Constance Mims said that the idea of opening a beauty supply store is the fulfillment of an idea that has been in development for some time. She said that there is a need in Hancock County for a beauty supply store that caters to all women.
The new store offers a broad variety of hair care and styling products, including hair pieces, braided hair, crocheted hair, spiral curls, natural flowing curls, straight hair, hair on tracks, coloring, oils and creams, hair-growth products, and other treatments. The store also has a broad selection of wigs.
“This shop is like fifteen years in the making,” said Mims. “We are excited to be open and to be able to provide hair care products to the women in this area.”
Mims said that she encountered a number of roadblocks that she should not have encountered on her way to opening the doors of this venture. She said roadblocks developed in the financing process and getting support from a local organization that promotes business development. However, despite what she calls a lack of support, she is encouraged by her ability to get things done.
“The thing about it is, you’ve got to be determined,” said Mims. “You’ve got to know that there is always somebody greater, and the bottom line is, the final say is God. If he tells you that this is his vision, it’s not up to you. The battle is not yours. You just keep on going.”
Lonnie Bradley, II, whom Mims credits with the idea of opening a beauty supply store, sees the new business as a win-win for the citizens of Hancock County.
“It’s great that people won’t have to drive to Slidell or New Orleans or Gulfport to find hair; they can get their supplies right here,” said Bradley. “Ms. Connie is an incredible person. She really cares about the people.
“The hair care industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry. African Americans are huge consumers in this market, but we only represent eight percent of the business side of this market,” Bradley explained. “For her to open this store is remarkable.”
Bradley added, “She’s a teacher by nature. Others will see what she’s doing and realize that it’s doable.”
Mims also owns Unique Transitions Beauty College, where she trains barbers and beauticians. The next class begins in January.
Stop by to see what the store offers and chat with Ms.Constance about upcoming classes and events!
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