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Local woman brings salon on wheels to her customers

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Hair can be our biggest asset or it can be the downfall of our day. To get it just right, you may need some emergency help. And now that help makes house calls.

Sometimes, bad hair can leave you feeling whipped. So there may be times when you need an appointment. But these days, mostly everyone is short on this.

And that's why DeJuan Burns took this and turned it into a fully functioning mobile salon.

"I actually used to go to my clients' houses in my car and I thought maybe I can bring the salon to them some kind of way," says Burns.

To make it work, she had to start from scratch.

"It was set up as a regular RV,” Burns says. “It had two twin beds in the back. It had a stove, a sink, and a refrigerator."

Now transformed, she says it's exactly what she was looking for.

"I found an RV that had electricity already on it so I could curl and blow dry their hair, as well as water, so I could shampoo the hair," Burns says.

A new do, a facial, lashes, manicures. She does it all and just steps from your door.

And for clients who may have a little trouble getting to her shop, she brings the shop to them.

"I feel good that I can actually go to the seniors," Burns says.

She takes the salon to assisted living facilities a couple times a month.

Her long-time customers say that's one of the reasons they keep coming back -- because she gives back.

Longtime customer Renee Ware says, "DeJuan does a lot of senior citizens so that's good for her. Now she can travel."

Ware has been coming to Essentials Salon for four years. She's hair over heels now that the salon can come to her on occasion.

"I don't live here in the Metro area so that would be good for me if she could drive all the way to my house,” she says.

Customers like Crystal Queen love the idea of the RV.

"I could not believe it,” Queen says. “I came in here like, ‘OMG, this is nice.’ I was like, ‘Wow!’"

And the obvious perks.

"I don't have to get in the car and drive and waste gas,” says Queen.

DeJuan admits she makes heads turn when the salon is on the road.

She says, "I see people looking like, ‘What in the world is that?’”

And after the shock wears off, some have even become new clients.

Burns recalls one time: "The phone rang. I answered and she says, ‘Are you driving this thing that's going down the street? I said, ‘Yes.’ She says, ‘Pull over, pull over.’ Now she's my client."

You can find out more information about Soul-On Wheels by clicking on the following link: www.essentialssoulon.com


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