CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It was a match made in heaven.
Hair’s Your Glory salon owners Lisa Harris and Keva Gallardo didn’t know when they first met that they would create a sanctuary for people to not only get their hair done but feel empowered when they walk out of the door.
“God hooked us up, even down to the name,” said Gallardo.
The Christian-based organization got its name from a passage in the Bible, 1 Corinthians verses 11-15. Verse 15 says a woman’s hair is her glory, and the pair has been honoring that idea for decades with their dedication to hair care.
Both Harris and Gallardo started doing hair when they were young. Family and friends alike trusted their talents, and they turned their passion into careers.
After moving to Charlotte from up north in the late 1990s, Harris and Gallardo met when they started working for the same salon. The pair immediately clicked.
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They worked for several salons together until one day, they decided it was time for a change.
“Just through different experiences at the salons we were at, we ended up becoming business owners together,” Gallardo said. “It was just a right fit.”
Since opening in 2001, HYG has created a strong clientele that sets it apart from other salons.
“You know how you have some neighborhood barbershops? You just go to that barbershop, even if you just came to sit down and have a conversation. We are like that version of it for a hair salon,” said Harris.
The owners say HYG is a place where every stylist exceeds your expectations. It is a place of refuge for not only your hair, but for your spirit.
“Our clients have been with us for years and they know each other. It’s really like a family,” said Harris. “They can come and talk to us. Not just about hair stuff, but about anything, really.”
Business ownership came naturally to the pair. They didn’t feel the nuisances that most first-time business owners feel, and they credit that to obedience and God’s will.
“I trust her, and she trusts me. If you’re going to go into business with another person, then you need to make sure that you and that person are on one accord and your values and work ethic are similar,” said Gallardo.
When asked what advice they would give to young hair stylists with the desire of entrepreneurship, the pair said to use wisdom.
“There’s nothing wrong with taking chances. I like that the young generation take chances, but always take a step back and look at all angles,” said Harris.
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