By JOHN LEE
RIDGELAND – Tashelia Lockett literally made her dreams come true when she opened a hair salon last August.
“I prayed to God and saw myself in a living room in my dreams many times,” Lockett said. “Towards the end of 2015, when I was working as an investor, I was in school for 15 months, from 5 pm to 10 pm Monday to Friday, in addition to working all day from 8 pm to 5 pm.
At the time, Lockett was working for investment firm Morgan Stanley, and towards the end of her 15 years as an investor in the company, she felt she had a greater vocation and purpose.
In March 2017, she took a leap of faith and started styling her hair full time. Things did not change until the pandemic struck in 2020 and caused the closure of the salon in which she worked.
“It’s been a tough time for all of us,” Lockett said. “During these months, I prayed to God a lot. I was also in the process of creating my hair care line. The pandemic put me on hold, but I knew I had to keep going. I found a company called Genesis to help me build my own line of products called She Cares. These are herbal products that include shampoo, conditioner, and oil. It hydrates dry and cracked hair.
In August, Lockett opened Salon She at 825 Wilson Drive in Ridgeland, specializing in healthy hair with its line of products. The business is also faith-based, and Lockett has said his mission is to help women through his business to let them know that dreams come true.
“We serve women from all over who have many different personalities and backgrounds,” Lockett said. “I had a passion for hair and for faith, and when I started this business I knew I had found my purpose. “
Lockett said she didn’t know many salons where the owner had their own line of products.
“Women can come here to get together and talk about their careers,” Lockett said. “I hear them talking about how God sent them here. It’s very surreal to me. You can expect a great atmosphere. We greet all of our customers with love and respect, and we try to get everyone in and out quickly. “
Joyce Cole, the only employee at Salon She, does braids and shampoos.
“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 that the environment is inviting and welcoming.
Cole said her favorite part of working at the Salon is meeting new people and working with Lockett.
“We hope to see a lot of new faces soon,” Cole said. “We are really worth your time. You need 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 have to chase 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 make an appointment, visit www.thesalonshe.com. Living Room It is located at 825 Wilson Drive in Ridgeland.