Attorney Powell follows her passion — opens hair salon
Hair salon caters to women of color
Ashley Montgomery | 2/20/2014, 9 a.m.
“Love what you do, and do what you love” is a mantra attorney turned entrepreneur of one of the hottest and most affordable salons in Miami, Weaves, Etc. is all too familiar with.
Jamila Powell, who was once litigating in criminal court took her future into her own hands and made the decision to break into the hair care industry.
Open since September 2013, Weaves, Etc. is a full-service salon that offers everything from quick “
Powell, who was born in Columbus, Ohio but raised in Columbia, Maryland began her undergraduate career at Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in International Business with a concentration in Business Logistics and minored in Mandarin Chinese.
Once graduated from there, she decided to study law at George Washington University’s Law School in Washington D.C. It was there that she earned her Juris Doctor, she “took her talents to South Beach.”
Powell became the Assistant State Attorney at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office where she litigated criminal court for two years. Powell says this career was both satisfying and rewarding. From there she went into private practice.
“I’ve always had a desire to be an entrepreneur — I loved the education side of law but I found myself not liking the actual practice of it,” Powell said.
It was then in August of 2012, that she had her big “AHA moment” [a term coined by Oprah Winfrey which means: a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension]. The birth of her healthy baby girl made her realize that working for someone else just wasn’t going to provide her with the lifestyle that she had wanted.
After much brainstorming and wondering while in the midst of running a boutique marketing company with friends called Social Esquire, Powell decided to venture into her own business.
“Social Esquire led to us all marketing our own business and own events,” Powell said.
Weaves, Etc. is a full service salon specializing in hair weaves and weave maintenance, while offering lower pricing and extremely shortened wait times. “I felt that many of the businesses we were working with were thriving and I felt like a hair salon would be something that would fit in with the demographics of South Florida, hence the birth of Weaves, Etc.,” Powell said.
To ensure a speedy service, all customers must come with their hair pre-washed and blow dried for all non-chemical styles (shampoo services are offered at additional charges). This guarantees a shorter wait time. Open seven days a week, Weaves Etc. is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
“I really enjoyed my time at Weaves Etc., I loved the environment and everyone was pleasant,” Trish, a customer said. “I surely will come back to have my hair done again.”
“I love my hair — most companies say they can get you in and out, well they’re not being honest,” Sharon, a loyal customer said. “But Weaves, Etc. truly got me in and out — I was amazed,” she said.
Powell says that grants and investors did not play a role in her being able to build her own business — “I wish,” she exclaimed with a chuckle.
Powell currently employs five independent contractors. The main thing that differentiates her salon from others is that they not only provide quality products at affordable prices, but they also specialize in premier customer service.
“Here at my salon, you don’t get the feel that you’re losing out on anything,” Powell said.
All of her cosmetologists are certified technicians and all take pride in healthy hair by analyzing each scalp that is placed before them.
Weaves, Etc. is located in Miami Gardens [17325 NW 27th Avenue]. To make an appointment you can contact, 786-916-2514, walk-ins are accepted.