8 Black-owned Houston hair salons to help channel your inner Michelle Obama

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Obama’s hair stylist can be found in Washington, D.C., but we’re in Houston, and that’s a pretty lengthy distance.

On the bright side, there are some Bayou City hair stylists and salons you can patronize if you’re hoping to channel your inner Michelle, including Salon Meyerland. The location operates 74 salons under one roof in individualized private salon suites, and 59 of them are Black-owned.

“The pandemic, political climate and racial divide has stripped away our sense of normalcy,” said Salon Meyerland representative Trinita Toler. “In today’s climate it is essential that support of Black-owned, independent businesses is showcased.”

Salon Meyerland is rated Houston's top salon for natural and relaxed hair.

Salon Meyerland is rated Houston’s top salon for natural and relaxed hair.

Photo courtesy of Salon Meyerland

The Houston Chronicle named Salon Meyerland its sixth best place to work among small businesses in the Top Work Places list for 2016, and eighth in 2017. The accolades clearly speak for themselves. How has the salon managed to secure a top spot with employees and customers alike? Through great customer service, quality work and products, and by keeping up with education and the latest trends.

The Hair Resort is located at 5323 Aldine Mail Road in Houston.

The Hair Resort is located at 5323 Aldine Mail Road in Houston.

Photo courtesy of The Hair Resort via Yelp

If you’re in search of a friendly environment while receiving quality hair care, The Hair Resort is the place for you.

“We strive for excellence in everything that we do,” salon owner Lakesia Reid said. “Black-owned hair salons are a pillar to our community. It’s a place where you walk in looking and feeling one way and leave knowing there’s nothing in the world you can’t conquer. A place where healing and clarity takes place. It just so happens that you leave looking as good as you feel.”

From the new trends to the old school hairdos, Trendz by Tammy has a hairstyle for everyone.

From the new trends to the old school hairdos, Trendz by Tammy has a hairstyle for everyone.

Photo courtesy of Ms. Tam from Trendz by Tammy

The new trends are great, but if you’re in need of an “old school” hairdo, you may want to stop by Trendz by Tammy. From finger waves and Jheri curls to blunt cuts and color, you’re bound to leave satisfied.

“My salon has a comfortable old school feel and healthy conversations complete with differences of opinion. And that’s ok,” said the owner, who goes by Ms. Tam. “I have an overflow of business even in these pandemic times because I market myself everyday.”

A 25-year veteran in the hair industry, she said she believes her salon is “pertinent to this industry because we are hair stylists that actually do the client’s own hair in a culture of weavers and braiders.”

If there’s one style Black women can always rock — effortlessly, might I add — it’s braids. The owner is a Black-owned braider in Houston, specializing in knotless braids. Her work has made her a fan favorite on social media, boasting more than 15,000 followers on Instagram.

As Houston’s first official 24-hour full service salon, Hair Tyme is one of a kind. It offers a variety of services, from low cuts to locs, ensuring you’re sporting the perfect look when you leave the salon.

Not only are braids super cute and long-lasting, they’re also a top protective style for Black women. Houston Braid Style is a fan favorite in the Bayou City, with more than 64,000 followers on Instagram.

According to her website, Rohana Pennick’s motto is “Happy hair is healthy hair.” She promises to not only protect and perfect your hair, but teach you how to maintain and grow it too! What more could you ask for?

The description on Bliss Hair Studio’s Facebook page tells you everything you need to know. “Life is an endless battle full of frustrations and challenges, but every girl eventually finds a hairstylist they LOVE who keeps them looking fierce every step of the way,” it reads.

If you don’t already have that hairstylist you love, it’s time — use this list and get started on finding your perfect salon match.